Idols SA has availed three different methods that the public can use to vote for their favourite of the top four contestants for season 17.
Idols South Africa (SA) is currently in the seventeenth season of the popular singing competition, which is a reality show that is a spin-off of the original American version. Fronted by host and executive producer, ProVerb, this season saw Randall Abrahams and Unathi Nkayi as the resident judges of the competition. This is as crowd-puller and resident judge, Somizi Mhlongo is on a hiatus from the show after matters of his embattled marriage to Mohale Motaung made headlines.
Despite this fact, this season is marking one of the most neck-and-neck competitions as there is still no clear favourite. This is as the show is currently promoting open voting lines to decide on the final three from the current top four contestants that are still in the competition. This past week, the top four performed two songs during the live performances and also bid farewell to Daylin Sass.
Idols SA 17 top four contestants
Following Daylin Sass’ departure from the show, the top four consists of the last remaining male performer, Kevin Maduna, along with female contestants, Karabo, Berry and S’22kile. The two live performances were themed under the two themes of the judges’ picks and South African Music Awards (SAMA) winners. The first half featured the contestants singing songs chosen by the judges, while the second half were songs chosen by the contestants.
The first contestant to take to the stage was S’22kile, who performed Randall’s choice of Diamonds by Rihanna. She followed the performance with Sun-El Musician’s hit single, Sonini. Kevin was second, performing the summer hit single, Banyana by DJ Maphorisa and Tyler I.C.U, and returned with a performance of Mi Casa’s These Streets.
Karabo was touted as the favourite of the night with two stellar performances; first through the Jennifer Holliday original, which was made a global hit by Jennifer Hudson, And I Am Telling You. She followed the performanc with Brenda Fassie’s classic hit single, Black President. Berry was the final performer of the night, as she first sang No Tears Left to Cry by Ariana Grande and Hold Your Kite by GoldFish and Sorana.
How to vote for the top four
With the performances concluded, the show opened the voting lines for the public to vote for who they believe deserves to be part of the final three of the season. The show currently has three available options that the public can use to cast their votes for their favourite. These include SMS voting, voting on the MyDStv app, as well as on the Idols SA website.
The SMS voting system will need you to dial the number 37400. Thereafter, follow the prompts in order to cast your vote for your favourite contestant. Each contestant has a unique voting number, with S’22kile being 02, Kevin being 05, Karabo being 10, and Berry being allocated number 06. The SMS voting is limited to 100 per user and is only available in South Africa. Each SMS costs R1.50, with no free SMSes allowed.
Alternatively, the MyDStv app allows the public to vote if they have downloaded the app. Voting via the app is free. However, the app does require the use of either data or Wi-Fi, which could result in needing to pay for the data. Moreover, voting on the app is limited to 100 votes per person.
Lastly, another option is voting via the Idols SA website. This option will require you to register on the website, and thereafter, you will be able to vote. Similarly to the aforementioned, voting via the website is limited to 100 votes per person. While voting is free, data costs should be considered for those without access to Wi-Fi.
General voting technicalities
Lastly, it is important to be aware of the voting lines’ opening and closing dates. Voting lines open on Sundays, after all the contestants have performed for the week. They then close on the Tuesday of that week at 22:00 (CAT). Viewers in South Africa, as highlighted previously, are also the only members of the public who are eligible to vote using the SMS option. Viewers from countries outside of South Africa can only utilise the other two options. More is shared on the nuances of the terms and conditions of the voting system for Idols SA 17 here.