Due to the Kaya 959 scandal, TV personality Unathi Nkayi will not be returning to SA Idols season 18. The singing competition will resume the following Sunday (23 January).

According to production sources, Unathi’s departure will coincide with the dramatic return of Somizi Mhlongo, who was fired in season 17.

Idols SA and M-Net recently met to discuss the show’s future, which has been severely impacted by the Unathi and Somizi scandals.


The source stated:

“Somizi has been given the green light because he is obviously the life of the show and there was a huge difference when he was not on the show, in terms of declining viewership. So he will be making a return this season after he was given a break last year to sort out his personal issues.”

Though Mhlongo denied the allegations he was also taken off air from Metro FM and no longer represented Bathu sneaker brand.

“People called for Somizi to be cancelled after those allegations by Mohale, but somehow he remains undefeated. He is coming back and now his number one rival on the show is going out. That should show you how powerful that guy is in the industry,” the source said.


By J Times

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