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Idols South Africa Season 20 ▷ Apply and Audition in 2024 Now!

Are you interested in knowing Idols South Africa Season 20 starting period, registration form price, official website, audition date, location and venue, requirements, application, selection methods and the deadline to send in your application, judges, contestants and past winners?

If YES, then this article is only what you need to read today.

Now in its 19th Season, Idols SA has become a Sunday-night staple and Mzansi’s BIGGEST reality show by several metrics.

Idols SA has forged one superstar after another, honing raw talent and consistently transforming your average boys and girls next door into chart-topping phenoms!

Since inception, this music competition has seen many young music stars with amazing talents come to the limelight, including Amanda Black, Thami Shobede, King B, Shekhinah and Xae.

Before you can contest for this show, you would need to register and scale through the audition first.

That’s why this post was specially written for you.

At the end of this post, you will be fully prepared as you’ll get hints, right guidelines that will enable you to avoid making costly mistakes and become a qualified contestant and possibly win this season’s edition.

So, ensure to take your time and read this article to the end if you’re really serious about achieving your musical dream and career in this year.

Getting started…

About Idols South Africa

Idols South Africa was founded and created by Simon Fuller.

Idols SA is a television show on the South African television network Mzansi Magic based on the popular British show Pop Idol.

The show is a contest to determine the best young singer in South Africa.

Idols South Africa Winner Prizes 

The winner of Idols South Africa Season 20 will receive a cash prize of R1 Million.

Idols South Africa Winners

Here is the complete list of ‘Idols South Africa’ winners:

  • Season 1 (2002): Heinz Winckler
  • Season 2 (2003): Anke Pietrangeli
  • Season 3 (2005): Karin Kortje
  • Season 4 (2007): Jody Williams
  • Season 5 (2009): Sasha-Lee Davids and Jason Hartman
  • Season 6 (2010): Elvis Blue
  • Season 7 (2011): Dave van Vuuren
  • Season 8 (2012): Khaya Mthethwa
  • Season 9 (2013): Musa Sukwene
  • Season 10 (2014): Vincent Bones
  • Season 11 (2015): Karabo Mogane
  • Season 12 (2016): Noma Khumalo
  • Season 13 (2017): Paxton Fielies
  • Season 14 (2018): Yanga Sobetwa
  • Season 15 (2019): Luyolo Yiba
  • Season 16 (2020): Zama Khumalo
  • Season 17 (2021): Berry ‘Berenike Trytsman’
  • Season 18 (2022): Thapelo
  • Season 19 (2023): Thabo

Idols South Africa Host and Coaches [Judges]

To make the program stand out from the rest, the organizer of the program will engage some panel of judges.

On Idols South Africa, expect to see the likes of Thembi Seete, JR Bogopa, and Somizi Mhlongo as judges with Tebogo ‘ProVerb’ Thekisho serving as host.

Idols South Africa Registration Requirements 

Here are the eligibility requirements for Idols SA:

  • You must be between 16 and 30 years of age on the day of your audition.
  • You must be a citizen or permanent resident of South Africa and in possession of a valid South African ID document.
  • You may not have an existing recording or management deal that hinders you from fully taking part in the competition.
  • If you are below 19 years old, your parents or guardians need to sign the Contributor’s Release Form to show their consent.
  • Have an active mobile phone number.
  • Have an active email address where you can receive messages for the audition.
  • You do not need management, merchandising, recording, or music publishing contracts for you to participate in the program.
  • Must record and upload a 30-second video of you singing.
  • You are not allowed to talk in your video clip, and you only have to sing.
  • You must behave professionally. Remember that the judge’s verdict is final. Your audition is likely to appear on television (Mzansi Magic) regardless of whether you will be called to audition for the judges or not.
  • You must accurately complete all documents provided by the Producer, any of the other Program Entities, or any other entity providing services to the Program.

Steps to Apply and Audition for Idols South Africa 

  • Visit Idols South Africa website.
  • On the site, in order to continue, click and enter via the registration banner displayed.
  • Once you’ve done that, you’ll be redirected to the audition registration form which will be displayed on your screen.
  • Fill in your personal details such as your full names, date of birth, email address.
  • Click on “NEXT” as soon as you are done entering your bio data. A new page will open where you’ll have to answer some questions.
  • Click on “NEXT” as soon as you are done answering the questions. A new page will open where you are to upload your singing audition (please have this ready before completing the form).
  • Your audition should not be longer than 30 seconds, so choose the part of your song that best shows off your voice.
  • You may upload a file up to 100 Mb. Supported Files to Upload: *.mov, *.flv, *.f4v, *.m4v, *.mp4, *.avi, *.mpeg, *.mpg, *.mkv, *.wmv
  • No talking, only singing should be in your audition video.
  • Perform the song without accompaniment, instruments or a backtrack – remember the Judges are here to listen to your singing only.
  • Please do NOT upload music videos, produced singing or tracks, live performance videos in front of an audience.
  • Post your YouTube/Vimeo (unlisted) link or upload your video.
  • After that, click on “SUBMIT” to complete and finish your registration.
  • Should your audition be successful, you will be invited to audition in person in front of the Idols South Africa judges at a specific venue/location.

Idols South Africa Audition Venues

Idols South Africa audition will be held in these cities and states:

  • Cape Town
  • Pretoria
  • Durban
  • Johannesburg

*All locations are subject to change.

How to Win Idols South Africa Competition

  • Be confident but not overconfident
  • Be prepared to answer questions thrown at you
  • Be yourself at all times
  • Build a social media fan base early
  • Have a powerful personality
  • Practice regularly in front of a camera and small audiences
  • Try as much as possible to win the heart of the coaches and audience from the first stage

When will Idols South Africa 2024 Start?

Idols South Africa Season 20 premieres July, 2024.

Do well to visit this website often, so you can get updated and never miss important information.

What Do I Need to Prepare to Submit for Idols SA Online Audition?

  • Full Name
  • SA ID Number
  • Contact Phone Number
  • WhatsApp Number
  • E-mail address

How Do I Know that my Audition Has Been Received?

Once an audition has been submitted, an automated email response will be sent saying that your audition has been received.

How Do I Know What to Do Next?

Contestants will receive a further email informing them whether their audition was successful or not.

Will I See the Judges?

Should your on-line audition be successful, you will be invited to audition in person in front of the Idols Judges.

The judge’s decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered to.

How much is Idols South Africa Audition?

Idols South Africa Audition is FREE to everyone that is applying.

When and where will Audition Take Place?

Online auditions for Idols SA Season 20 start from February 11th 2024 to February 25th 2024 or once 15,000 entries is reached via the Mzansi Magic website.

It is open to both males and females aged 16 to 30 years of South African Nationality.

After online auditions, physical auditions will be held one week later in a specific location in South Africa.

How to Join Idols South Africa

To join Idols South Africa, fill and submit the application form online.

If you are accepted, you will be contacted to come to the audition.

How to Apply and Register for Voting on Idols SA

Voting for Idols SA is actually available through these three official platforms:

  • Official Idols SA website
  • Official Idols SA mobile site
  • SMS

Voting on the Idols SA official website and mobile site is completely free, but first you’ll need to create an account and that’s ONLY if you haven’t already.

You do not have to register again if you have already voted on a previous Idols season or M-Net Voting Production and if you’ve forgotten your password, consult the Voting FAQs article for tips on how to reset it.

Steps to Register on the Official Idols SA Website

  • Visit Idols SA’s official website.
  • Click on the Vote menu item. 
  • Click on REGISTER and enter your Name, Surname, Year of Birth, Gender, Cellphone Number in the international format, e.g., +27731996142, and your preferred password. Ensure to pick something you’ll remember when voting opens.
  • You will receive an OTP (One Time Pin) via SMS.
  • Enter your OTP.
  • Once registered, you will vote.

Steps to Register via SMS

Voting via SMS will work the way it always has and does not require registration of any sort.

Simply text your favorite contestant’s number to 37400.

SMSs still cost R1.50 each and you can vote up to 100 times.

By using all the options listed above, you could cast up to 300 votes for your Idol bettering their chances of advancing every week and claiming the ultimate prize.

How to Vote on the Desktop Website

You can vote for your favorite contestant using your laptop, desktop computer (or another device with a desktop browser) via the Idols SA website.

  • Start by navigating to
  • Next, click on the VOTE menu item. You can also get to this page quickly and easily by typing “” into your browser.
  • Click on SIGN IN and enter your cell phone number in the international format, e.g., +27731996142.
  • Enter your chosen password and then click the SIGN IN button.
  • Select your favorite contestant.
  • Enter the number of votes you would like to cast. Click VOTE to submit them.
  • Votes on the website are limited to 100 votes per user.

How to Vote via SMS on Idols SA (South Africa only)

To VOTE for your favorite contestant, SMS their number to 37400.

SMS voting is limited to 100 votes per user.

Each SMS vote will cost you R1.50.

Free SMSs do not apply.

Voting opens on Sundays either at the top of the show or during the live broadcast.

It will be communicated explicitly both on-air and on our social media platforms that the lines are open.

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Idols SA has been renewed for a brand-new Season 20 and so we will hit up a city near you as we scour the nation for stunning fresh voices to uplift and inspire.

South Africa is obviously a nation full of extraordinary potential, so we’re thrilled for the fresh voices we’ll encounter on our audition run because you guys never seize to inspire us, amaze and bring the nation to a standstill.

Ensure that you make adequate preparation.

  • Have the application requirements
  • Know your music genre
  • Start training your voice
  • Have excellent communication skills
  • Learn stage management/performance and how to overcome stage fright
  • Learn and memorize the songs you’ll likely be performing once qualified

Hope you enjoyed and learnt from this article?

Please share with your friends and fellow contestants using the social media buttons below.

Don’t fail to comment expressing your mind concerning this article.

I wish you success.

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    Hoping and praying to be accepted in the competition ?

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