Citizen reporter
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24 Aug 2015
12:21 pm

Idols SA contestant explains why she dropped out

Citizen reporter

Getting into the top sixteen of Idols SA is a dream for many up and coming musicians, so viewers were shocked when 29-year-old Durbanite Nonhle Mhlongo decided to pull out of the show on Sunday.

Nonhle on idols. Picture: IdolsSA

Mhlongo was a favourite on the show, getting four yeses from the judges after a performance of Erykah Badu’s On And On.

Mhlongo told the Idols SA organisers that she was already signed to a recording company, and could not carry on with the competition.

“I signed a recording contract some time ago and wasn’t able to negotiate a temporary release for Idols as I had hoped to. I should have sorted this out earlier or disclosed it to the production team earlier. I take full responsibility for the way this played out.”

Speaking on what she will be doing next, Mhlongo says:

“I am currently recording an album with some interesting sounds and features. I’m also part of a developmental programme called Diamonds in the Dirt sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture. We are doing shows around KZN for the next six months. Then I will also be featuring on Duncan’s upcoming album.”