The Idol SA season 16 will continue to go live without the presence of a studio audience.
Nomsa Philiso, the director of Local Entertainment Channels at M-Net, confirmed it in an interview with Daily Sun.
She talked about taking this ‘rather tough decision to protect’ contestants and viewers.
“The show is about to reach its peak, a stage where viewers are starting to have their clear favorites.
“While we have had to take the difficult decision not to have audiences at the live shows due to the current environment and in trying to keep our fans and contestants safe, we are excited that our valued viewers can still enjoy this exciting production with us, from a distance, with lots to look forward to as we get closer and closer to the finale,” she told the publication.
The auditions and theatre week performances are carried out with the absence of a studio audience.
Yet, as the competition proceeds to live performances, supporters fill the theatre.
This year, things are done from a different angle, since large gatherings are under restriction.
But with the easing of restrictions, a certain number are allowed to gather.
For their safety, Idol SA has decided not to allow audience members.
Viewers can still stay connected to the performances through channel 161 on Mzansi Magic. They can also stream it on the Mzansi Magic website and the DStv Now app.
The games have kicked off and the top sixteen has been selected. The judges include Judges Unathi Nkayi, Somizi Mhlongo-Motaung, and Randall Abrahams.