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Randall Abrahams Biography| Age, Education, Career, Idols

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Randall Abrahams Biography| Age, Education, Career, Idols

Randall Abrahams is a South African TV personality, author, and radio presenter.

He gained fame as a judge on the Idols SA reality competition series, where he was known as ‘The Bad Judge.’ Abrahams served as a judge on the show for the first 17 seasons.


He was born on 26 July 1969 in Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa. (age 54)


Harold Cressy High School was Randall’s alma mater. He studied at the University of Cape Town from 1988 to 1992, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree (Hons).


  • Television presenter
  • Radio presenter
  • media personality
  • adjudicator
  • Music executive
  • businessman
  • consultant
  • author


Randall Abrahams began his career in the media industry as a programming assistant at Good Hope FM in 1992.

He quickly rose through the ranks and became the station manager from 1994 to 1997. After leaving Good Hope FM, Abrahams relocated to Johannesburg and played a key role in establishing the youth radio station Yfm.

He eventually became the station manager of Yfm and held the position until 2002.

Abrahams gained further recognition as one of the initial judges on M-reality Net’s singing competition, Idols.

The show, based on the worldwide formats of Pop Idol and American Idol, premiered in 2002.

Abrahams has since continued to serve as a judge on the show, earning the nickname “Mr. Nasty”.

In 2003, Abrahams served as a judge for the World Idols television competition, where the winner of Idols 1, Heinz Winckler, came in fourth place.

From 2002 to 2006, Abrahams held the position of General Manager of Commercial Radio at the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).

During his tenure, he was responsible for the success of radio stations such as 5FM, Metro FM, and Good Hope FM.

After leaving the SABC, Abrahams has worked as an independent consultant in the digital and PR industries while also continuing to work in television.

He has also worked as a freelance journalist for various publications, including Financial Mail, Tribute, Y Mag, Advantage, and Blink.

Abrahams has been involved in various ventures and owned/managed several companies, including the public relations agency Total Exposure, the events company Mushroom Productions, and the multimedia marketing firm RAMM.

Since October 2009, Abrahams has been a judge on SABC2’s reality show SA’s Got Talent, which is based on the British “Got Talent” formula.

In February 2022, it was revealed that Randall Abrahams would not be continuing as a judge on Idols South Africa.

However, he later transitioned to the role of chief executive officer at Primedia Broadcasting in May 2022.

After some time in this position, Abrahams resigned in August 2023 to take on a new role as a group executive for digital solutions at Telkom South Africa.

Notably, he has also held the position of managing director at the Universal Music Group in South Africa.

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