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Top 16 Guys of Idols SA Season 11 Fight For Their lives

The Top 16 guys of Idols South Africa Season 11 put it all on the line on Sunday evening for the fans’ votes and will know their fate on the next installment of the show. Cava what the judges had to say.



The eagerly anticipated edition of Idols SA Season 11 Top 16 finally kicked off on a high note might we add on Sunday  night with 8 guys vying for the glory of being crown South Africa’s idol.

This season’s Top 16 Guys opened the night with a spectacular group performance of their rendition of Mark Ronson’s and Bruno Mars’s smash hit, “Uptown Funk”. The competition heats up as it’s down to the fans now to secure their favourite idol a spot in the competition. Check out the options and what judges had to say about their latest performance.

Siphelele Ngcobo (24) from Inanda in Durban kicked off the Season 11 Live Spectaculars with Omi’s hit “Cheerleader”, to mixed feelings from the judges.

Idols SA judge Unathi Msengana noted that Siphelele had taken the judges’ advice at Sun City and picked a youth anthem for this performance. “Great song choice,” she commended him. “Halala”.

Gareth Cliff cautioned Siphilele to try to have some more fun on the stage. “For me it sounded like you were singing at a reggae coconut bar,” Somizi Mhlongo complained.

Siphelele Ngcobo

Sphelele shows that he’s a triple threat idol. He can sing, looks good and can also dance. Do the nae nae!

Randall Abrahams acknowledged that it’s hard to be the one opening the show, but he agreed with Gareth that Siphelele had to own the stage. “I thought it wasn’t great,” he commented.

Siphelele’s unique contestant number is 01.

Jozi’s Phila Madlingozi (25) was up next with a local-is-lekker track: “Ungowami”, from Uhuru (featuring Speedy, Wizkid and Donald).

Phila Madlingozi

Phila may win the crowd but judges still think he can do more.

“You owned it – you made it your own song,” said Somizi. “Well done!”

“They loved the song, they’re going to vote for you,” Unathi told Phila, but Gareth pointed out that at this stage of the competition “everybody has to be outstanding otherwise you’re gone. I really hope that was good enough for the votes,” he noted. And Randall seriously cautioned Phila to focus as much on his singing as he does on his dancing.

Phila’s unique contestant number is 02.

27-year-old Thami Shobede from Mthubathuba impressed the State Theatre audience with his performance of Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph”.  “I think you handled that very nicely,” said Gareth.

Thami Shobede

Thami may be shy but when he sings his alter ego comes out.

“I think that you’ve got something special – I just don’t think that tonight it was revealed to the point where people are going to remember you. I think it could have been a bit better,” Randall explained. But Somizi clearly disagreed. “Great one,” he said simply. And Unathi also thought that Thami’s performance would be memorable.

Thami’s unique contestant number is 03.

23-year-old Karabo Mogane from Nelspruit earned himself a standing ovation from Somizi with his performance of the first Sam Smith song of the night, “I’m Not The Only One”.

Karabo Mogane

Karabo remains crowd favourite and the judges understand why.

“You are the first one I can guarantee you is through,” Gareth told Karabo definitively.

“You have …” Somizi started, before he dissolved into tears. “Your voice touches the heart,” he told Karabo. “If there was an Idols worldwide you would still be in the Top 10.”

“You just Sam Cooked Sam Smith!” Unathi praised.

And Randall commented that Karabo had always been one of the most likeable performers, but now also one of the most believable.

Karabo’s unique contestant number is 04.

20-year-old Rhema Varrie from Alberton was up next with Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”. Gareth thought Rhema’s performance was quite “studied”.  “No doubt you have the voice,” Somizi agreed, “but there’s something missing.” And he cautioned Rhema to “dress young”. But Unathi disagreed. “You look incredible,” she said. “The only thing I’ll say is ‘smile, baby’ …”

Rhema Varrie

Rhema cautioned about his nerves and may not get the chance to address non-believers.

And Randall expressed concern that Rhema was still so nervous. “On television its noticeable, it recognisable, and it’s not going to get you votes,” he said.

Rhema’s unique contestant number is 05.

Lungisa Xhamela (24) from Langa in the Cape performed “Touchin, Lovin”, from Trey Songz (featuring Nicki Minaj).

The real trick tonight was to make yourself unforgettable, but he wasn’t sure it was enough.

Lungisa Xhamela

Votes for Lungisa certainly means people enjoying seeing his assortment of hats…and his singing.

“It was an okay performance,” was all Somizi had to say. “The disconnect here is if you’re going to choose a song called ‘Touchin’, Lovin’’, you have to be it,” said Unathi. Randall thought that Lungisa is probably the best vocalist amongst the guys, “but you have to bring it,” he warned.

Lungisa’s unique contestant number is 06.

 The youngest guy in the Top 18, 16-year-old Loyiso Gijana from Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape, performed another Sam Smith number (featuring John Legend): “Lay Me Down”.

Loyiso Gijana

Loyiso does the schooling!

“That is a technical tour de force,” said Gareth. “That’s my performance of the night.” A stunned Unathi agreed, and Somizi literally spoke in tongues. “It’s ultimately a singing competition,” Randall said happily. “And you sang.”

Loyiso’s unique contestant number is 07.

Ruan Grobbelaar (24) from Somerset West closed the first Season 11 Live Spectacular with George Ezra’s “Blame It On Me”.


Ruan one of a handful of Idols to receive unanimous praise.

“Well done, white boy,” Gareth said bluntly. An excited Somizi said he could imagine Ruan doing his first solo show in New York’s Central Park. “That was magnificent!” he cried. “What you managed to do which many of our contestants didn’t do was be believable,” said Unathi. Randall thought it was a good performance but not especially captivating in any way.

Ruan’s unique contestant number is 08.

Next Sunday, the Top 8 girls take the stage to perform for the fans’ votes in Idols SA on M-Net, channel 101 on DStv, and Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv. The Top 10 for Idols SA Season 11 will be announced the following Sunday, 13 September. Don’t miss it!

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Black Panther: Wakanda Forever to land on Disney+ in February

Welcome to Wakanda!




Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in for a treat. Disney+ has announced that 1 February marks the arrival of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The blockbuster will be joining 16 other on the streaming platform.


Queen Ramonda (Angela Bassett), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), Okoye (Danai Gurira) and the Dora Milaje (including Florence Kasumba) fight to protect their nation from intervening world powers in the wake of King T’Challa’s death.

As the Wakandans strive to embrace their next chapter, the heroes must band together with the help of War Dog Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Everett Ross (Martin Freeman) and forge a new path for the kingdom of Wakanda. Introducing Tenoch Huerta Mejía as Namor, ruler of a hidden undersea nation, the film also stars Dominique Thorne, Michaela Coel, Mabel Cadena and Alex Livinalli.

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” directed by Ryan Coogler and produced by Kevin Feige and Nate Moore, is now playing in theaters. 

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The Shocking Fallout of Black Motion

Tensions have reportedly escalated.




They are one of South Africa’s most revered music duos.

Their discography packs both blockbuster club bangers and lush delights for lovers of House with a transcendental African sonic flair. And the explosive fallout of Black Motion, which has been splashed across the internet long before reaching the courts, has shocked many.

Loved for their electrifying live performances and awe-inspiring chemistry, Mörda and Smol have always seemed like musical soulmates. But that relationship seems to have reached a bitter end.

In 2022, rumours of their reported split triggered a frenzy on the internet. Following the uproar, the group’s members Bongani Mohosana, who now goes as Mörda, and Smol (real name Roy Thabo Mabogwane), jointly calmed fears that they had fallen out.

It had been said the break would be temporary, as Mörda moved to focus on the release of his solo studio album.

Far from it, it now seems. The parties have escalated things to court.

According to reports, Black Motions have confirmed that they had pressed charges against Mörda for alleged housebreaking and theft.

A court order by the High Court in Gauteng posted on social media has ordered Morda to “restore possession of a recording studio apparatus” to the group by 13 January, at 5pm. 

Black Motion shared snaps of the alleged damage caused by Morda – a broken door and stolen equipment.


It looks like we won’t be getting a new Black Motion album with Mörda anytime soon.

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Reality Shows

Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.




Sunday, 15 February 2023, marks the roaring arrival of BBTitans.


The highly anticipated social experiment brings under Biggie’s roof housemates from both South Africa and Nigeria. And for 72 days, we will be splashed with the finest in South African and Nigerian swag, banter, romance and all the trappings of a fun-filled, dramatic and – we’d hope – an entertaining show.

A first of its kind, the social experiment assembles the most colourful personalities from the two nations to outwit, outplay and outsmart each other in a bid to get their hands on a massive bag, life-changing bag!

In addition to a number of lofty prizes that will likely be on the line throughout the season, the winner of the show will also be walking away, a whopping grand prize of US $100 000 (over R1,7 million) is up for grabs for the one who trounces his Housemates to charm audiences across the continent.

That’s not all; the amount of social capital, celebrity and opportunities for lucrative brand deals after the show, all form part of the career-launching lift-off that comes with being on the popular franchise.

Both Big Brother Mzansi host Lawrence Maleka and Big Brother Naija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu will co-host this debut season.

Fans of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija in the diaspora are not left out as Showmax will stream the show in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and about 50 other countries.

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