by Thinus Ferreira
Ithana Conjwa (22), the only contestant from the Eastern Cape part of the top 10 of season 17 of Idols on Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) has abruptly dropped out because of undisclosed medical reasons.
Ithana Conjwa loses her place in this season of Idols, produced according to the Fremantle format by [SIC] Entertainment for M-Net's Mzansi Magic channel on MultiChoice's DStv pay-TV service.
It's not clear what is wrong with Ithana Conjwa, but M-Net said that it wishes her a speedy recovery. Voting for tonight's episode of Idols will continue as planned.
M-Net on late Sunday afternoon announced that Ithana is gone, mere minutes after the start of Sunday's episode, and said that she won't be performing.
"Idols SA top 10 finalist, Ithana has withdrawn from the competition due to medical reasons," Mzansi Magic said in a statement.
"The 22 year old will not participate in the highly anticipated battle of the DJs performances this evening."
Nomsa Philiso, M-Net director for local entertainment channels, said in the statement that "As M-Net we wish her a speedy recovery. It is unfortunate that she cannot continue in the competition but her health is of paramount importance".
"I know that this would not be the last time South Africans see her on their screens."
Besides Ithana Conjwa, the Idols top 10 includes Nqobi Linda (28) from Soweto; Berry Trytsman (31) from Cape Town; Daylin Sass (28) from Hanover Park, Cape Town; Sia Mzizi (20) from Tsakane; Karabo Mathe (22) from Hebron; S’22kile Langa (21) Pietermaritzburg; Monique Erens (25) from Cape Town; Kevin Maduna (29) from Soweto; and Bulelani Twala (19) from Heidelberg.