Idols SA: Top 10 Facts You Didn’t Know

Idols South Africa is an television show (singing competition) aired on television network M-Net (DStv 101) and Mzansi Magic (DStv 161). The competition is a contest to determine the best young singer in South Africa.

Here are facts things you didn’t know about Idols South Africa:

1. Idols SA first episode premiered on 12 June 2002 and auditioned were held in January 2002.

2. Randall Abrahams is the longest running judge, serving on the panel all the way from season 1 to date.

3. South African rapper, TV and radio presenter, Proverb is the longest serving Idols SA presenter he has been with show since season 6.

4. Heinz Winckler is the first Idols SA winner and became the second Idol winner worldwide on 17 June 2002.

5. Anke Pietrangeli was first female winner of Idol SA.

6. In 2006 the English format of Idols SABtook a break to make room for the Afrikaans version (Afrikaans Idols) .

7. In 2012, Khaya Mthethwa was the first black contestant in the Idols SA’s history to win.

8. In 2015, South Africa’s choreographer, Somizi Mhlongo has joined the Idols SA XI judging panel.

9. The winner of Idols SA Season 11 will be in the audience at the spectacular live American Idol final in the US next year.

10. Today, Sunday, 22 November 2015, history will be made in the SA Idols, as the winner will be from Mpumalanga or Limpopo for the first time.

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