South Africa’s most flamboyant and successful choreographer, Somizi Mhlongo, will be the fourth judge alongside ‘Idols SA’ judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana and Gareth Cliff for the 11th season of the TV talent competition.
Somizi Mhlongo was born into Mzansi showbiz, as the son of the late comedian Ndaba Mhlongo and veteran actress Mary Twala. He has been at the vanguard of South African entertainment for many years, in musical theatre and also as the choreographer of choice for music videos and live productions, including the Channel O Africa Music Video Awards and the Miss South Africa pageant. He has also served as a talent show judge for two seasons of Dance Your Butt Off.
According to Idols SA this is the first time since founding judge Dave Thompson left the show at the end of Season 5 (2009) that Idols SA has a four-person Idols panel.
Somizi is surely as excited as fan about this wonderful opportunity.
Somizi definitely is expected to bring drama to our screen and were not suporised when Somizi booted Mzwakhe, when Abel and Emmanuel improvised with some dance moves. The contestants dance moves did not impress Mhlongo, and he told them the show was about singing and not dancing, dancing might boost the performance but it’s not the main highlight.
On the show, another contestant by the name Amy Elle was the first to get a golden ticket from the new judge. She obviously impressed him with. It is Elle’s fourth audition for Idols and somizi added some thrill and excitement to the judging panel.
Recalling the words of Somizi when interviewed about his position as idol,sa judge, he responded “I expect the singers auditioning for Idols to sing like there’s no tomorrow. Give it to me like your life depends on it,” he tells them.