Season 13 of Idols SA kicked off on Sunday with much fanfare on social media.
While a few contestants stood out in the singing department, the wooden mic was not short of its own share.
While the singing kept viewers entertained, social media found it hard to forget that one of the judges, Gareth Cliff is back on the show after his race saga earlier in the year.
After being kicked off the show for his alleged racist remarks on Twitter, Cliff took Mnet to court and came out victorious against the broadcaster, to which he was reinstated to join fellow judges Unathi Msengana, Randall Abrahams and Somizi Mhlongo.
While the first episode of the new season of Idols SA trended on social media, many have not forgotten:
Meant it when I said I’m not watching @IdolsSA because of @GarethCliff. What else is on tv at this time?— Yoli (@YoliYoli_) July 17, 2016
LOL @ #IdolsSA pretending that Gareth Cliff is back because of “population demand”, when we know it’s because of a court order.— Flawed Shivambu (@raitlhwane) July 17, 2016
Gareth Cliff almost didn’t make this season of idols. Lol— R’hllor (@FixxTheDJango) July 17, 2016
So sesi sharp ngale auty u Gareth Cliff vele sigrand nje we are now happy to watch #IdolsSA and all is forgiven. Kumnandi ukuba mhlophe ne!?— Sly Mangethe Zwane (@SlyZam) July 17, 2016
Shout out to Gareth Cliff for fighting for his piece of that Multichoice money #IdolsSA— Andile Mathobela (@AndileMathobela) July 17, 2016
Kanti didnt we tweet Gareth Cliff out of #IdolsSA…Maybe #BlackTwitter not as powerful after all
— Frank Blunt (@roger_nator) July 17, 2016
Source:drum#IdolsSA Gareth Cliff is nothing but a racist to me