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Idols Season 12 Takes Off With A Bang!

And it begins! The Idols SA season 12 finally kicked with all the right stuff on Mzansi Magic

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After what seems like an interminable wait, Idols SA is finally back on our screens and last tonight’s episode proves just how eagerly it was awaited by South Africa!

Arguably the most anticipated singing reality TV show of the year, the granddaddy of all talent shows kicked off in Durban where more than 2000 hopefuls lined the streets around the Playhouse for a chance to perform for judges Randall Abrahams, Unathi Msengana, Somizi Mhlongo and Gareth Cliff.

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In true Idols SA tradition, things got off to an exciting start with melodrama, catty contestants, funny guys, absolutely ludicrous Wooden Mic contenders, and of course, the magical voices.

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There was Luke Tombola, from Estcourt East. With her angelic smile and never-say-die attitude, the 26 year-old singer returned to Idols SA for a personal record 5th audition. Buoyed by the fact that she had been part of Robbie Malanga’s team in Clash of the Choirs, another winning Mzansi Magic show, her confidence was at its peak when she stepped in front of the judges.

Her determination payed off as she came out of the audition room clutching a Golden Ticket after getting a yes from all four judges. Now the waitress is ready to serve South Africa her velvety voice.

Another contestant who made an impression, except for her “mature” dress sense, was the soft-spoken Nosihe Zulu, 28, from Pietermaritzburg, whose 10 year-old brother Joshua picked the audition song. His prediction that his sister would bowl the judges over with Adele’s When We Were Young turned out to be as spot-on as the forecasts by Paul The Octopus during the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

She got three nods from the judges, but Randall couldn’t be swayed from his opinion that she was not strong enough. Still, Nosihe got her ticket.

But it’s the contestants who performed original compositions who left Randall, Unathi, Somizi and Gareth with their jaws on the floor – and not in a good way. Notably, Phumzile Washusha.

Her version of a Zulu love song lamenting a lost love had the judges in no doubt why the estranged lover had run away in the first place. But that didn’t stop Somizi from staging an impromptu dance-off with her, ending the performance limp in the arms of the singer.

And who will forget the “repeat offender” who came to demand what he said was rightfully his – the Wooden Mic that never made it to his mantelpiece after it was “faxed” through!

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

Welcome to Wakanda!

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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.

ABOUT THE MOVIE

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.

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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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Inside the Big Brother Titans Premiere!

South Africa and Nigeria unite under Biggie’s roof.

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

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW.

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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