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Randall Abrahams

Born: 26 July 1969 (51 years old)
Gender: Male

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Randall Abrahams is a South African radio and television personality and an independent consultant to the digital and PR industry best known as "the bad judge" on the M-Net reality competition series Idols, since the show launched in February 2002.

Born in Cape Town, Randall attended Harold Cressy High School. He attended the University of Cape Town from 1988-1992, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons).

He joined Good Hope FM in 1992 as a programming assistant, and went on to be station manager from 1994-1997. He left Good Hope and moved to Johannesburg where he helped establish the youth radio station Yfm, taking up the position of Station Manager, where he remained until 2002.

During his time at Yfm Randall was also the Deputy Chairperson of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the industry body responsible for promoting the aims of the broadcasting sector, from 2000-2001. From 2001-2003 he was Chairperson of the NAB.

In 2002 he was one of the original judges of M-Net's reality singing competition Idols, based on the international format Pop Idol and American Idol. He has been a judge on the show ever since, in the role of "Mr. Nasty".

Randall was also a judge of the World Idols television competition in 2003, in which Idols 1 winner Heinz Winckler placed fourth.

From 2002-2006 he was the General Manager of Commercial Radio at the SABC, responsible for the success of 5fm, Metro FM and Good Hope FM.

Since leaving the SABC he has been an independent consultant to the digital and PR industry, while continuing his television duties.

He has also worked as a freelance journalist, contributing to such publications as Financial Mail, Tribute, Y Mag, Advantage and Blink.

He has also been the owner/managing partner of the PR firm Total Exposure (who handle the publicity for SA's Got Talent), of the events company Mushroom Productions and the multimedia marketing company RAMM.

Randall is one of the judges of the SABC2 reality competition SA's Got Talent, based on the British "Got Talent" format, since October 2009.


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