Cape Town — Former SA Idols Judge, Somizi Mhlongo, has opened up on his time spent on the show, saying it was the only non-toxic working environment he has worked in.
This year’s show was the farewell season of Idols SA.
Somizi joined the Idols SA team in 2015 as the fourth and final judge, joining Unathi Nkayi, Gareth Cliff and Randall Abrahams on the show.
Despite changes to the personnel and to the show along the way, Somizi stayed constant on the show, showing off his flamboyant personality and glamorous looks, TimesLIVE reported.
Following the final season of the show, he took to his Instagram timeline to reflect on his time on the show.
“I’ve been postponing to talk about my journey on South African Idols. I want to share my experience with SA Idols when I started nine years ago. Idols is probably the only place that I have worked at for nine years and I can boldly and proudly say, it was a non-toxic environment. That place was heaven on earth. It saddens me that I have to speak about it in the past tense but everything comes to an end and it gives an opportunity for a new beginning or a new era. I had the best experience in a working environment,” he said.
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“I had the best experience and working environment in that place. From the channel, to the production house, to the cast. From the crew, I’ve never seen a place where everyone is happy to be there, everyone is happy for one another, the level of respect that everyone has for each other,” he added.
Somizi continued to speak about how everyone from the top of the corporate pile to those at the bottom, everyone got along nicely with each other, saying there was a lot of humility and ubuntu among colleagues.
In August 2021, Somizi had to take a break from his gigs amid claims he allegedly abused his estranged husband Mohale and companies he was affiliated to were pressed by the public to address the matter.
Compiled by Matthew Petersen