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Lungisa Bites The Dust On Idols SA!

The Western Cape suffered another blow when Lungisa Xhamela was sent packing on Idols last night. The 25 year old becomes the first guy to exit the Top 10. Here’s a full run down



Lungisa Xhamela (25) from Langa in the Cape last night became the first guy to be voted out of the Idols SA Season 11 Top 10.

Idols SA host ProVerb made the announcement at the State Theatre in Pretoria Sunday evening shortly after the start of the live broadcast of the Top 7 “Showstopper” spectacular. With more than 5.5 million votes cast for the Top 8, it came down to Lungisa and Siphelele Ngcobo (24) from Inanda as to who would be the first guy to leave the Top 10.

Lungisa gave up his studies in medical bioscience at the University of the Western Cape this year to pursue his musical dreams full-time for the sake of his two-year-old daughter, who lives with his parents in Port Elizabeth. “I got everything I wanted from this experience – and more …” he commented as he came off stage tonight. “This competition has opened up so many doors for me, and I’m excited to get out there and get my career started.”

With three girls and four guys left in the competition, the pressure was on to impress the Idols SA voters tonight in the all-important “Showstopper” spectacular, with special choreography by Lee-Ché.

Special guest star Chiano Sky opened the show with a performance of her hit “Dancing with VAM”, from her new album “Inferno”, and then the first Top 7 contestant to take to the stage tonight was 22-year-old Amanda Antony from Port Elizabeth, with the Cee-Lo Green hit “Forget You”.

Gareth Cliff pointed out that “Showstopper” is a very difficult show every year because there’s so much going on on the stage, “but you still delivered a very good vocal performance, which is what you have to do,” he complimented Amanda.

Somizi Mhlongo said Amanda is delivering memorable performances now because she’s grown so much in confidence. “That was fierce, that was sexy, that was unapologetic, that was everything we need from a Showstopper performance,” Unathi Msengana agreed. And even Randall Abrahams commended Amanda on making herself heard in such a big production. “Next week another guy will be going home,” he predicted.

AmandaThe first guy up on stage tonight to sing for this week’s votes was 21-year-old Rhema Varrie from Alberton, bringing some Chris Brown magic with “Fine China”.

“I loved it, I thought it was inspired to do something old school,” said Gareth. Somizi was impressed with what he called Rhema’s “vocalisibility”, but he was not impressed with Rhema’s moves.

“I think the entire production of your song was just genius,” Unathi exclaimed happily. But Randall disagreed. “The vocals aren’t enough,” he cautioned. “You’ve got to come out and look like you want to win.”

Rhema23-year-old Mmatema Moremi from Limpopo took her place on stage tonight with a classic: Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”.

Mmatema, well done, that was spectacular,” said Gareth, struggling to make himself heard above the roaring crowd. “You murdered the performance!” Somizi raved. “You need to go to prison or to stardom. You are too good! You are a superstar!” Unathi agreed that Mmatema was perfect in every way and commended her on being unapologetic about her talent. And Randall had nothing new to add to the words of praise that had already been spoken.

MmatemaSiphelele Ngcobo (24) from Inanda stuck to the South African classic, performing Mpumi’s “Somandla”.

“Nice job, dude, I loved that song,” said Gareth. “I think you did it very, very well. It was authentic, it was very real, it was very you.”

Somizi was pleased to note that Sphe gave it his all and noted that he takes the judges’ advice on board every week. “Slowly but surely you are getting there, you are finding yourself,” he told Siphelele. “People are going to vote for you because of your authenticity,” he predicted. Randall predicted that it’s going to be a very tight competition at the bottom of the rankings next week. He noted that Siphelele clearly put in a lot of work and he thought the song and the arrangement would serve him very well in the voting.


16-year-old Loyiso Gijana from Uitenhage performed the House hit “Don’t Look Down”, by Martin Garrix. Gareth was pleased to see an Idol choosing something new and modern to perform, but he thought despite the spectacular staging, Loyiso might be vulnerable this week.” “You remind me of a younger version of L’loyd Cele, on steroids,” said Somizi. “He predicted that Loyiso would have a great future in the music business. “You’re going to be so rich!” he said. Unathi was impressed with how versatile Loyiso is as a performer and Randall was also happy to see a contestant performing many different genres of music, but specifically that Loyiso genuinely seems to enjoy all those different songs. “And that’s one thing you have above all the other contestants,” he notes, “and that’s charm.”


Dineo Moseki (21) from Vryburg performed the Ariana Grande song “One Last Time”.

“Dineo, uhm … no,” said Gareth. “There were too many flat notes,” he complained. “I felt like that whole performance was suppressed.” Somizi was also disappointed. “You’re becoming one-dimensional now,” he commented. “Based on this performance you are going home,” he predicted. “At this point of the competition you can’t make any mistakes,” Unathi agreed. “You let yourself down,” she told Dineo. Randall again pointed out what a challenge it is for a performer to rise above the spectacle of the Showstopper, and he didn’t think Dineo ever managed it.


24-year-old Karabo Mogane from Nelspruit closed the show tonight with EDM master Calvin Harris’s hit, “Blame”, which earned him a standing ovation from the judges. “You and Mmatema are worlds apart from the others,” Gareth praised. “I cannot fault you,” Somizi agreed. “For all I care you can sing ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’, I would still roll down,” he commented. “I’ve always known you have this in you,” said Unathi. “You shut it down – you stopped the show.”

“To hear your voice married to Dance music …” Randall marveled. “I really wish I could hear more music like that. You can really sing and you made it work – it was magical.”

karaboDon’t miss Idols SA Top 6 serenade you with some of the 90’s Classics next Sunday, 18 October, on M-Net, channel 101 on DStv, and Mzansi Magic, channel 161 on DStv.


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Inside the Star-Studded Season 2 Teaser for Young, Famous & African

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Young and Famous Netflix season 2

Today, Netflix released the official teaser for the second season of the hit unscripted reality series, Young, Famous & African.

This season sees the return of Africa’s most famous and fabulous, as they embrace life and love on the richest square mile on the continent. This time,  however, a few new faces promise to make their mark in Africa’s most elite group.

Enter Bonang Matheba, South Africa’s entertainment industry darling whose presence certainly ruffles a few feathers;  Fantana, Ghanaian-American rapper and all-round superstar who quickly makes her mark on the group and Luis Munana from Namibia, former Big Brother Africa contestant and entrepreneur extraordinaire who brings the heat from the onset. 

The all-star cast of season one returns to face a lot of unanswered questions like what happened between Diamond Platnumz, Andile Ncube and Zari Hassan after the chance encounters between the trio in Diamond’s home,  and what is the status of everyone’s friendships after many arguments, loads of drama, and a pot stir or two from Khanyi Mbau and Nadia Nakai.  

Also worth looking out for is the appearance of model and socialite Sebabatso Mothibi, as well as the supermodel and actress, Rosette Ncwana, both of whom share a relationship history with Andile.

Given the drama and tension from the previous season, how does this play into the existing dynamic on the show?

Season two of Young, Famous & African launches only on Netflix on 19 May 2023 worldwide. 

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A First Look into The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S3!

Joburg, you are up! RHOJ is billed to make a splashy return 19 May.




The Real Housewives of Johannesburg S3 has been revealed. Photo: M-Net.

After suffering a number of production delays that spanned years, and that one unfortunate canning of the lost season, the Real Housewives of Johannesburg will be making a comeback on 19 May, 20:30 on 1Magic.

As Quench previously reported, it looks like glam Queen Mpho Mops will be a no-show for the looming season. Hers was an explosive departure, which followed the damning allegations of infidelity she faced at the season 2 reunion.

Fans will, however, be delighted to hear that Lethabo ‘LeJoy’ Mathabo and Lebo ‘Jojo’ Mokoena will be returning as seasoned gold-carrying full-time cast members in season 3. The two look to continue where they left off in 2019.

Among other pressing charges, Lebo might have to explain the alleged giant plastic cake at her wedding to Johannesburg businessman Lebo Gunguluza, from whom she is now divorced. Viewers will likely get front-row seats into her new life.

LeJoy might have to spill on what happened on that one fateful night at the Durban July.

… Or not. Based on the cast reveal, the returning girlies might have to clock in.

There are fresh faces on the cast, which will likely shift the dynamics and overall direction of the popular franchise.

Mamus Koka, Marelli Bentley, Nicole Watson and Thobekile Mdlalose will all be making their debuts as the new line-up.

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‘Asylum’ By Uncle Waffles certified GOLD in a Week

The viral sensation is running up the numbers with her autumn release.




Within 7 business days of its splashy arrival, Uncle Waffles’ sophomore tape, ‘Asylum’, has reached gold status.

‘Asylum’ is Uncle Waffles’ sophomore tape.

The 7-track project, which contains the blockbuster viral sensation ‘yahyuppiyah, shipped over 12 500 units in its first week. The official single’s delayed landing is likely to have helped the EP to run up impressive numbers.

Ms. Zwane recruited over 17 collaborators for the project.

After all, the song has been the darling of Tik Tok challenges around the world, many of which relied on the audio snippet being circulated without an official release.

Spanning just over 38 minutes in duration, the EP plays up to the disc jockey’s reputation for banging out addictive hooks with massive social media appeal. Working with 17 collaborators, Waffles confidently delivers her own take on Amapiano’s increasingly fluid soundscape.

The project arrives as the 23-year-old takes her tour to the US, where she’s covering venues in several states. This past weekend, Uncle Waffles made her debut at Coachella.

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