Maar what’s up with Louw?

2010-10-04 15:05

Over the last few weeks Mara Louw’s comments to contestants have become less and less coherent until it built to a crescendo last night and erupted into a continuous loop of mumbo-jumbo.

Viewers and contestants were subjected to not only Louw’s 1970’s headgear and gangster rings on every finger, but her constant inability to string a sentence together – reminiscent of American Idols judge Paula Abdul shortly before being given the boot from the show.

Contestants stood on stage looking rather confused after her comments while fellow judge Randall Abrahams also looked a little uncomfortable.

Louw’s comments included telling top performer Lloyd Cele (after singing Joe Cocker’s You are so beautiful, and dedicating it to his wife) that he should never dedicate a song to his wife … only to himself.

Microblogging site Twitter was abuzz with tweets about the judge’s comments, including: “Can we keep the Idols and vote Mara out?” and “Man, Mara is on some stroooong sh*t! ”

Some Twitter users have attributed Louw’s difficulties on the show to being drunk but according to M-Net’s communication’s manager, Lani Lombard, it was the result of medication: “We are aware of the fact that there are rumours doing the rounds that Mara Louw was drunk at Friday night’s Idols recording. The disorientation was in fact caused by pain medication.”

Said Lombard: “Viewers will recall that Mara wore a brace after breaking a bone in her foot. She rehearsed intensely for her three Skouspel performances at the weekend, which made the pain flare up again. She eased the discomfort with a strong pain killer, which affected her more than usual in her exhausted state,” said Lombard.

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