Somizi Mhlongo, a renowned choreographer and media personality, has shared his reflections on his time on Idols SA, South Africa’s biggest TV talent competition. He joined the show as the fourth judge in 2015, alongside veteran judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana, and Gareth Cliff for the 11th season.
A Constant Presence Amidst Change
Over the years, the show has undergone numerous changes, but Somizi remained a constant presence. His flamboyant personality and dazzling wardrobe kept viewers glued to their screens. On Monday, following the conclusion of the farewell season of Idols SA, Somizi took to Instagram to reflect on his nine-year journey on the show.
He praised the show for its non-toxic environment and expressed sadness at having to speak about it in the past tense. He also appreciated the respect and happiness that everyone on the show had for each other, and the care and support provided by the channel.
Impact on Somizi’s Career
Somizi acknowledged the significant impact Idols SA had on his career. He was already famous when he joined the show, but credits Idols SA for elevating his stardom to a new level. He believes that his current success is largely due to the platform provided by Idols SA.
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Temporary Hiatus and Return
In August 2021, Somizi had to take a break from his gigs amid allegations of abuse against his estranged husband Mohale. This led to public pressure on the companies he was affiliated with to address the matter. M-Net released a statement saying that Somizi’s role on Idols SA was put on pause until the matter was resolved. He returned to the TV screens as a judge in the competition for season 18.