Unathi breaks her silence on Idols axing, thanks channel for the chance

By Sihle Mkhize

Unathi Nkayi has finally broken her silence on her exit from Idols SA. The Mzansi media personality had served as a judge for a decade.

Unathi’s exit was announced by the director of local entertainment channels for M-Net, Shirley Adonisi. 

In a statement confirming that Mzansi Magic is revamping the judging panel for season 18 of Idols SA.

She said the contracts of Randall Abrahams and Unathi Nkayi will not be renewed.

“We are taking a fresh approach to the judging panel to retain audiences and stay competitive in the Sunday night time slot,” she said.

“Mzansi Magic would like to thank both Randall and Unathi for their contribution to discovering new talent, and launching the careers of so many. 

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“We salute these great icons of SA entertainment and thank them both for a great innings on Idols.

Randall and Unathi have demonstrated high levels of professionalism and made an impact on the SA entertainment scene that will continue to be felt for some time to come. We wish them well in their endeavours.”

Randall has been a judge on Idols for 17 seasons, while Unathi has been with the show for 10 seasons.

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