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It’s here: Idols SA season 18 premieres on 17 July!

Close to 9 000 hopefuls auditioned for this year’s instalment of the much-loved competition show

The hottest talent show in the country, Idols SA is returning on 17 July to Mzansi Magic for what’s set to be its most exciting season yet.

This year, Mzansi Magic welcomes on board Standard Bank as a new headline sponsor in a season that will bring our viewers showstopping performances.

The theme for this season is‘Singing a Different Tune’ and it starts with our new panel of judges which features two prominent and respected newcomers to the role, as well as a longtime fan favourite: triple threat pop culture icon Thembi Seete and rapper-producer extraordinaire JR Bogopa join the multitalented choreographer and TV star Somizi Mhlongo.

The three will be nurturing and ushering in new talent with judging styles as unique as each of their personalities, skill sets and illustrious careers.

Award-winning co-executive producer Tebogo 'ProVerb' Thekisho returns as host, a role he’s successfully held for what will now be his 13th season.

“Idols SA is back!! As much as it is about the music, it is also about the people: we are proud to unearth new and emerging talent, and our viewers form emotional connections with the singers as we follow along their journey from audition stage to making a career from their passion. We are excited to see who season 18 brings us,” says Shirley Adonisi, Director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net.

“We are also excited to welcome our new headline sponsor Standard Bank, as a valued partner for this season. They have over the years proven to be passionate about making dreams come true and our winners should look forward to a basket of great prizes, which will be announced in due course,” she concludes.

Season 18 also sees a new sponsor, Standard Bank, partnering with Idols SA. “True to our values at Standard Bank we want to give young South Africans the tools and support they need to achieve their dreams and aspirations and this sponsorship helps us do just that. It’s all about taking the first steps to building your dreams and believing that It Can Be a reality. We’re really excited to be part of the journey, all the best to the those fighting to make their dreams a reality,” Lindy Lou Alexander, Head, Brand & Marketing Consumer & HNW.

Who will join previous Idols SA and alumni as South Africa’s newest music stars? Tune in to Idols SA season 18 from Sunday 17 July on Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161) at 17h30. There will also be an Idols SA pop-up channel on DStv Channel 198 for your viewing pleasure.

For more information visit our website: http://www.idolssa.tv. You can also join the Idols SA conversation via social media on Facebook: Idols South Africa (www.facebook.com/IdolsSA), Twitter: @IdolsSA #IdolsSA Instagram: @IdolsSA.