American hitmaker Syleena Johnson made an appearance on SA Idols on Sunday where she gave an empowering performance dedicated to the women of South Africa

The award-nominated singer, who was in Mzansi for the ‘Divas of Soul’ concert in August, was a special guest performer on the most recent episode of SA Idols.

Although Syleena is a critically acclaimed musician who has worked with the likes of Anthony Hamilton, Kanye West and Busta Rhymes, it’s fair to say that nobody expected her to bring the house down when she took to the stage to perform one of her newest singles.

The timing of Syleena’s performance couldn’t have been more appropriate

After a week dominated by heartbreaking stories of femicide, abuse and rape, the singer gave a powerful rendition of her newest single, Woman, and by the end of the performance she had the crowd on their feet.

Her empowering anthem reverberated across the country too, as many Idols viewers took to the timeline to praise the singer for the much-needed statement she made on stage.

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Along with the social implications behind the song’s message, Syleena’s performance was relevant to the fact that Idols SA made history by announcing a female-dominated Top 10

This is the first time in the show’s 15 seasons that the number of women (eight) in the top 10 has dramatically overshadowed the number of men (two).

Although the competition was tight, just after singing Woman, Syleena was put on the spot and asked to choose who she thought would win this year’s competition. Judging from what she had seen, the American singer backed Mmangaliso to bring home the prize:

However, while the Idols faithful were impressed by Syleena, they were far more critical of another performer: one of the judges, Unathi Msengana

The multi-talented entertainer teamed up with Ladysmith Black Mambazo to perform their new single Halo Sana but she failed to hit the right notes and Mzansi Twitter was unforgiving in its feedback.

Many viewers questioned Unathi’s credibility as a judge after a performance which some felt would be worthy of the infamous “wooden mic”:

Check out the video of Unathi’s performance below and let us know if you think the criticism was fair: