It’s all in a day’s win for Idol Khaya

2012-10-06 17:15

Tuesday night saw the crowning of Durbanite Khaya Mthethwa as South Africa’s first black African Idol – and he seemed the one
most surprised by the result.

But Mthethwa (25), an early favourite from the word go thanks to his stint at Joyous Celebration and a heavy celebrity fan base, has had a tough week as the country’s newest music sensation.

While previous Idols were walking on cloud nine after their wins – except perhaps Sasha-Lee Davis and Josh Hartman, who shared the title in 2010 – Mthethwa’s win has been shrouded in social network mudslinging and conspiracy theories.

According to a City Press source close to the show’s production, Mthethwa took 80% of the nearly 3 million votes cast to triumph over rival Melissa Alison (23) of Port Elizabeth. That’s nearly 2.4 million votes.

However, his road to the finals, according to our source, was predetermined after broadcasters M-Net saw the support he was getting and “helped” the process along.

City Press understands that a senior producer told staff at a planning meeting: “You take the result you want and you work backwards.”

The winner’s supporters were vile to Alison, especially on Twitter.

During the finale on Tuesday night, some Team Khaya supporters booed every time the pretty Port Elizabeth opponent took to the stage.

When told the next day, Mthethwa was his humble, gentlemanly self, saying he would not have encouraged heckling.

This journey has undoubtedly been hard, long and extremely emotional for those involved, especially Mthethwa.

Let’s hope now he has his title and recording contract, things will improve.


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