Buhlebendalo Mda marked the second live performance judge to occupy the seat of embattled resident judge, Somizi Mhlongo.
Mzansi Magic’s Idols South Africa (SA) took to Twitter on Sunday, 5 September 2021, to confirm the guest judge set to remark on the Group B live performances. Idols SA has been inviting guest judges to be part of the judging panel for live performances in light of embattled judge, Somizi Mhlongo having stepped down temporarily to deal with his personal matters. This is as his separation from estranged husband, Mohale Motaung became public with allegations of abuse.
For the first part of the top 16 performances, leading amapiano vocalist, Lady Du was the guest judge. Initially, it was believed that she was set to be the recurring guest judge. However, Idols SA has since suggested that each week, a new guest judge will occupy Mhlongo’s seat. This week, returning guest judge, Buhlebendalo Mda occupied the seat. Mda first appeared as a judge during the auditions in 2020.
Moreover, it seems that the show will only reveal the guest judge close to the airing of the show. This is as both of the previous guest judges were revealed on the day and not as part of the promotional campaign of the episode.
See the post below.
— Idols South Africa (@IdolsSA) September 5, 2021