M-Net revives American Idol for SA viewers

M-Net wants the latest season of the revived American Idol to end in South Africa at the same time as the United States and is putting the drama series Nashville and Riverdale on a few weeks’ hold in order to catch up with the reality show. 

Episodes of the 16th season of American Idol will be broadcast on Fridays and Saturdays. 
Due to this, the 5th season of Nashville and the second season of Riverdale are taking scheduling breaks on M-Net, so that the channel can catch up with the already aired episodes of American Idol in the past few weeks, so that South African viewers can eventually watch the American Idol finale live without the fear of a winner spoiler.

Ryan Seacrest, facing swirling accusations of sexual harassment and assault with a charge that has now been laid with the police, is back as the presenter of American Idol. The judges for this revived season are singer Katy Perry, country music star Luke Bryan and music icon Lionel Richie.

The 14th season of Idols SA will start on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) on Sunday, 8 July and ends on Sunday, 18 November with the dedicated Idols channel, Idols Extra, that will again run on MultiChoice’s channel 199 on DStv showing auditions and additional footage.