Donald joins Idols SA judges panel

Donald 2017Unlike the media buzz that has informed the public that Kelly Khumalo will be the fourth “Idols SA” judge this season, it is Donald (pictured) who is coming out for the Cape Town “Idols” auditions.

The “In denial/Unpredictable/I deserve” fame singer will be joining the much-loved and equally feared panel of judges comprised of Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana and Somizi Mhlongo. Donald also did selection duties for deserving talent that joined top SA names at Rustenberg's 'DStv I Rock Festival' last year with Mobi Dixon. This is after the departure of long time judge Gareth Cliff last year.

Kelly of “Asine” fame will however come out for the Jo’burg leg of the auditions. Kelly is no stranger to Idols, as she was a mentor as well as a duet partner last year.

“As for Durban and Pretoria, we are keeping mum on who will be guest judges there,” says Mzansi Magic’s Head of Reality, Sphumelele Sibeko, who has promised some titillating on-site revelations as part of the revamped “Idols SA”. “But rest assured South Africa, the buzz and suspense will be worth it.”

On Saturday, 14 January, the GrandWest Casino will be the place for aspiring pop stars coming to audition for their shot at fame and fortune. Will someone in the queue follow in Tebogo Louw’s (2015 runner-up) footsteps and even surpass him? Only time will tell.

The next stop will be the capital city Tshwane (Gauteng) on Saturday, 21 January. Durban (…Season 12 saw no less than four contestants from KZN making it to the Top 10, with ultimate winner Noma Khumalo shining the spotlight on the province) follows on 28th January at Playhouse Theatre, with the final call at Carnival City on 04th February.

Entry is free and open to all South African citizens who are between 16 and 30 years old on the date of their first audition. If you want a shot at impressing the judges, remember to bring your ID document to the audition, and minors must have written consent signed by a parent or guardian.

All the Idols SA XII audition details can also be found on the official Idols SA website at