15 September 2021
Written by Sphe J Hadebe
Last month, M-Net issued a statement that they have reached an agreement with Mhlongo for him to take time off from the show in the midst of his abuse allegations by his enstranged husband, Mohale Motoung.
Later on, the paid channel issued a statement that they have fired Somizi as he will not be returning on the show.
They started to bring various guest judges which includes Amapiano star, Lady Du, who came after the recorded shows of Somizi had ended.
Idols SA fans did not welcome her as they wanted Somizi back.
Last Sunday's guest judge was The Soil's lead singer, Buhle Mda. Although she was good in her judging but fans did not welcome her too as viewership continued to drop.
Initially, Somizi's fans were not happy at all with the decision to axe him on the show and they promised to boycott the show.
Now, it turns out that they were serious about that.
News24 has reported that Idols SA has suffered a whopping 31.89%, to only 693 760 subscribers in August, at the highest. With this figure, Idols has dropped to the tenth most-watched show on DStv for the month.
This means that over 300 000 viewers stopped watching this show since Somizi's exit.
As surprising as it may seem, this is actually the highest number of viewers for a single episode of the show in August. Other episodes of Idols shown on Mzansi Magic on Sunday evenings last month even had fewer audiences.
Idols had 693 760 for its episode during August were still recorded, Somizi continued to appear on the show from August 8 to August 22, but a third of the viewers suddenly lost interest and tuned out.
After the show’s first episode aired on Sunday without Somizi, on social media, his followers stated how difficult it was to watch the show without their favorite media personality.
The only way that Idols can get their viewers back is to reinstate Somizi Mhlongo.
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