Ithana, Miss Soweto runner-up and a top 10 contender on Idols SA, has surprisingly resigned from season 17 of the competition owing to medical issues. In a brief statement, M-net stated that the health of the aspiring singer is of the utmost concern.
“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,” said Nomsa Philiso, local channels entertainment director at M-net.
When Mzansi Magic premiered its live shows for the top 10 contestants last night on Mzansi Magic, many expected the 22-year-old to be one of them.
Ithana was committed to putting in the time and effort in the challenge, and she placed a high value on being authentic.
“I am going to be working hard on bettering my voice and stage presence. However, more than anything, I am going to continue being as honest and as genuine as I can be in all my performances,” said Ithana to the Sowetan after she made the top 16.
The 22-year-old is from Cala, Eastern Cape and was recently crowned first princess at the Miss Soweto beauty pageant.
“Having been crowned the 1st Princess was such a milestone for me and I think the pageant industry,” she wrote on Instagram.
“I’ve always been told that, that kind of space was never meant for me or my body type this is to say that you can step into any kind of space you’d like to step into and win, this is to say that no one can tell you your dreams aren’t valid!,” she continued.
“This is also to encourage you to dream big! Your story is valid! Your dreams are valid you are valid! Don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way! If you want it get up work hard and go get it! The world is your oyster!!!,” she added.
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