Judges’ grace steps in

2010-10-06 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — It was a very close call that gave Sindi Nene (22) of Durban permission to compete another week on Idols after she had received the least votes this week.

Judges Randall Abrahams, Mara Louw and Gareth Cliff decided it was not yet Nene’s time to depart the Idols set.

Adeline Mocke received the second fewest votes.

Abrahams told Nene, who had just sung Cindy Lauper’s song I drove all night, that he had bad news.

Everyone in the audience accepted this meant that Nene would not be saved.

Abrahams said his bad news was that the judges had decided to save one singer, which would mean that Sunday would see two people’s hopes crushed in the nail-biting contest.

His good news, however, was that Nene would not have to pack her bags — just yet.

Cliff said the judges chose to save Nene because she has “something special”.

He warned her fans that the judges had only one chance to save a singer and said he hoped they would vote, as there would be no second chances come Sunday.

Nene had mixed feelings about how she felt. She was very glad that the judges had saved her, but at the same time she was shocked to have received the fewest votes.

However, she told Beeld that she did not feel she was under pressure to do better on Sunday’s broadcast of Idols.

“I have learned that it does not matter how hard you work — you can still be voted off. That’s why I’ve decided just to go on and enjoy myself.”

Abrahams told the media the judges’ decision was based on two issues. “We look at who gave the poorest performance on Sunday’s episode. If the person that was voted off was much better than this worst performer, you have to consider saving them.

“The second thing is that the top six and the top five differ a lot from each other. In the top six people still vote for their favourites — regardless of how badly they sing.

“In the top five people start to think about who could actually win the competition and start to vote for those singers. It is like the 800 m in a horse race.”

He is, however, unconcerned about the fate of the two singers who will have to go home on Sunday.

“The programme has certain rules. One of them is that the viewers vote. We have long made peace with this fact,” Abrahams said.

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