Idols SA is a television show on the South African television network M-Net, based on the popular British show Pop Idol. The show is a contest to determine the best young singer in South Africa.
Candy Litchfield and Matthew Stewardson presented the Season 1. Halfway through the season Sami Sabiti replaced Stewardson. After Colin Moss and Letoya Makhene hosted together in Season 2, Moss went solo for season 3. Liezl van der Westhuizen became the host in season 4 and was sidekicked by ProVerb in season 5 who hosted the semifinal rounds.
The Show had a spin-off on sister channel kykNet with exactly the same formats in 2006. However the entire programme was in Afrikaans as well as the songs that were performed. So far Afrikaans Idols had only one season unfortunately. It was a dismal failure though.
After several auditions the performers are narrowed down to 100 in the theater rounds. After that the semifinalists perform live and are chosen by the audience to qualify for the round of the last 10-12 finalists. There were four judges (Randall Abrahams, Dave Thompson, Marcus Brewster and Penny Lebyane in season one; Brewster and Lebyane did not return for the second season and were replaced by Mara Louw-Thomson and Gareth Cliff) who provided critiques of each contestant’s performance. Viewers have several hours following the broadcast of the show to vote by phone, SMS or online for their favourite contestant. On the following night’s episode, the contestant(s) with the fewest votes is sent home.
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