Thembi Seete on being an Idols SA judge: ‘The aim is to empower people and not break them’

Idols SA recently announced new judges that will be joining season 18 of the show, which will premiere later this year. Among the new additions to the show is TRUELOVE’s February/March 2022 cover star and pop culture icon, Thembi Seete. She will be joined by rapper and producer, JR Bogopa, as well as returning judge, Somizi Mhlongo.

Speaking to TRUELOVE about joining the show, Thembi says it feels like a dream come true.

“It feels like someone is about to wake me up and tell me it’s not happening. I’m really excited and over the moon and grateful and [excited]. I’m just experiencing a lot of emotions right now,” she says.

The Gomora actress goes on to explain that she had a great time as a guest judge on the previous season but didn’t think she’d be offered a permanent role in the show.

“I was genuinely having a good time and didn’t think anyone was watching or noticing me so when this came, I just felt like it was all a blessing,” she explains.slide 1 of 1 Thembi Seete and JR join Somizi as Idols SA season 18 judges.Supplied to TRUELOVE

Thembi also reveals that this opportunity came at a time when she was thinking of starting something that would allow her to share her experience in the music industry with the youth.

“This means so much to me because I really wanted an opportunity to speak to young people and share my experiences and knowledge about the industry because I’ve found that most of them don’t really know how to navigate their way in the industry.

“Although they are more advanced and exposed to all types of information, I feel like I’d still be able to help and now Idols SA will give me a chance to do all that. I plan to share everything about how to be a true artist on the show,” she reveals.

On what she’ll be looking for from the next South African Idol, the Boom Shaka star says authenticity is at the top of her list.

“Although I can’t point out exactly what would impress me until I see it, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing authentic singers who will connect to whatever songs they’ll be singing and are present of their surroundings. For me, those are the elements that make a true artist,” she shares.

Thembi also does not believe in being a judge that is too harsh but says she will be honest in her approach.

“I’m a sister and the aim here is not to break people or make them feel like they can’t do anything. This does not mean that I’m not going to be honest but at the same time I really need to empower people and make them feel like they can do anything as long as they set their minds to it,” she says.

“Take me for example, I was just a dancer, backing vocalist and rapper in a group of four and some would undermine me but because I was determined, I ended up this far and that’s what I want to share,” she adds.

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