You've seen the news in the TVSA News Shorts
and loads of other places on the internet: Idols ain't going nowhere.
The only factors that are disappearing are Randall Abrahams and Unathi uWeepy who won't be back for the new season.
And Somizi? It's looking highly likely that he'll back because:
1. He only "took some time off
" from Idols when he was accused of domestic abuse during Season 17.
2. He wasn't mentioned in Mzansi Magic's recent statement about Randall and Unathi leaving.
3. The channel won't confirm whether he's in or out.
The new judges will be announced soon-ish apparently. In the meantime, here's what you need to know about the auditions:
How to audition
Same as last year... you need to perform and video a 30-second clip of yourself singing - only. No talking or introductions.
It must be your voice only, so no instruments can be included.
You can upload your video with your application form, which you'll find here: Idols 18 entry forms
What to expect afterwards
You'll receive an e-mail letting you know if your audition has been successful. If so, you'll be invited to audition for the Idols judges, whoever they might be.
Applications opened on Sunday 23 January and close at 22h00 on Saturday 5 February
or once 15,000 auditions
have been received by the production, whichever comes first.