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Berry wins Idols South Africa S17

Berenike Trytsman (aka Berry) from Cape Town has emerged as the winner of season 17 of the South African version of singing competition format Idols.


Out of 15,000 hopefuls, 16 finalists were selected. Berry’s eventual triumph made her an instant millionaire thanks to the prize of a record deal with Kalawa Jazmee Records. She also walked away with a Renault Kiger valued at over R269,000 (US$16,700) and R100,000 in Truworths fashion vouchers.

In addition, she won a Bachelor of Business Administration bursary from Regenesys Business School, valued at over R260,000, R85,000 worth of musical equipment from Yamaha and more.

“I’m feeling absolutely amazing. I didn’t think this would ever happen to me,” said Berry. “I’m blown away by the support from my berries [her fans]. My berries, you are the reason I’m here. Thank you for pushing through the night and getting people to vote.”

Idols SA season 17 aired on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161. The show is based on UK format Pop Idol, which is distributed by Fremantle.

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Idols SA finalists line up on Mzansi Magic

Idols SA will air without a live audience due to the pandemic

South African network Mzansi Magic’s hit talent show Idols has announced the final 16 contestants who will compete to be declared the best young singer in the country.

This years’ series, based on UK format Pop Idol from Fremantle, will kick off without a live audience due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Nomsa Philiso, director of local entertainment channels at Mzansi Magic operator M-Net, said: “The show is about to reach its peak, a stage where viewers are starting to have their clear favourites.

“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.

“The fate of the contestants now rests with you, the viewers at home, as they will rely on your votes to ensure that they make it to the next round, starting with our male contestants this coming Sunday.”

The 16 contestants are Ntokozo, Zama, Jerodine, Dee, Ndoni, Melanin, Bongi, Be, Qhawe, Ethan, Mr Music, Succedor, Zahn-Reece, Jooma, Brandon and Sonwabile. The judges are Somizi Mhlongo, Randall Abrahams and Unathi Nkayi, while Tebogo Thekisho hosts.

Season 16 of Idols South Africa airs on Sundays at 17.00 on Mzansi Magic Channel 161.

Mzansi Magic is a South African digital satellite and general entertainment channel broadcast on DStv. It is owned by MultiChoice and managed by M-Net’s local interest division.

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