If you’ve been watching the latest season of Idols South Africa on Mzansi Magic over the past few weeks, you would have undoubtedly falled in love with Siyakha Tshayela. However, the contestant has, unfortunately, been kicked off the show due to legal disputes with an independent record company – something the rules of the show cannot tolerate.

Mzansi Magic confirmed the news and gave a bit more insight into the disqulification of the contestant. “Siyakha Tshayela has been withdrawn from the 2016 season of Idols South Africa with effect from 15th September 2016 as a result of a dispute between herself and an independent recording company,” the statement reads. “Participants are required to sign an exclusive recording deal with the Idols-appointed recording label when they enter the series. On the 1st of August, Ms. Tshayela informed us that she had entered into discussions with an independent recording company before entering Idols, but she maintained there was no contract in place. The recording company insists there is.”

The statement adds that “discussions have been held with all the affected parties since then, but there is still no resolution. Due to conditions stipulated by the Idols format rights holder, we are unable to continue with a contestant that is currently involved in a legal dispute of this nature. Ms. Tshayela is therefore not able to continue as a contestant. Mzansi Magic and Idols producers wish her all the best with her music career.”

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