Idols SA season 17 makes history with all-female top three

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Idols season 17 makes history with all-female top three.
Idols season 17 makes history with all-female top three.
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  • The 17th season of Idols SA on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) will have a female winner again.
  • The long-running reality singing competition marked another first on Sunday when the top three contestants were announced.
  • Karabo Mathe from Hebron in the North-West, Berry (Berenike Trytsman) from Cape Town and S'22 Kile (S'thuthukile Langa) from Pietermaritzburg were announced as the all-women top three finalists. 


Karabo Mathe from Hebron in the North-West, Berry (Berenike Trytsman) from Cape Town and S'22 Kile (S'thuthukile Langa) from Pietermaritzburg make history as the first-ever Idols SA all-female top three. 

It's also the first time that two of the top three contestants are returnees to the Idols SA stage: Berry and Karabo both had a previous journey with Idols SA but were eliminated before they managed to reach the stage of the weekly Sunday live shows.

On Sunday night, Kevin Maduna from Soweto got eliminated after receiving the least votes out of the 8 million cast last week.

The top three contestants are flying to Cape Town this week and will spend the week in the Mother City where they will be recording their first singles with Kalawa Jazmee Records before returning to Johannesburg for Sunday's next live show.

On Sunday 14 November, DStv subscribers will find out which two contestants will be competing in the Idols SA season finale on 21 November.

The 17th season of Idols SA is far off from its former rating dominance in previous seasons. Hundreds of thousands of DStv subscribers have jettisoned the [SIC] Entertainment produced show for M-Net's Mzansi Magic channel.

The Idols SA ratings slide followed after alleged abuse claims involving judge Somizi Mhlongo, who subsequently left the show earlier this season.

Idols SA, which used to rank first in previous seasons as the most-watched show on MultiChoice's DStv service, during the broadcast of in-season episodes pulled only 709 655 viewers at most in September as the 9th most-watched DStv series after it shed hundreds of thousands of viewers.

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