Idols SA’s Viggy Qwabe announces her voluntary exit from the show, following her sister’s elimination

Mzansi Magic and Idols SA have announced the untimely exit of Viggy, who voluntarily left the show after her sister, Virginia, was eliminated on Sunday, 20 October 2019.

In a Twitter post by the official Idols SA account today, 21 October 2019, the show stated, “After lengthy discussions, Viggy, who still remained in the Idols competition post Sunday night’s elimination, has decided to exit the competition. We would like to wish both Viggy Qwabe and Virginia Qwabe all the best in their careers as they are both extremely talented.” The Qwabe twins have consistently reiterated their loyalty towards one another and had stated that they were in the competition together, or not at all. This season of Idols SA also saw a Top 17, in an effort to accommodate both twins, who refused to progress to the live rounds without each other by their side.

Viggy also shared a personal statement on Facebook which stated, “I am not a quitter, I am not quitting because [Virginia] was eliminated. We are both strong and able to stand on our own. We were both aware that we both won’t win and one of us would leave but not in the way it was done yesterday. I cannot stay when that has happened to my sister.”

Fans have shared their frustration on social media, with many claiming that Viggy has disrespected the singing competition and the opportunities given to her. A number of fans have rallied behind previously-eliminated contestant, Mmangaliso, who was voted out last week. The outpour of support for the singer has led to the trending hashtag, #BringBackMmangaliso, on Twitter, with fans hoping that the show will listen to their call.