Idols: Disappointment over Bongi’s departure

2010-09-16 07:27

Idols fans are still reeling from Bongi Mthombeni’s unexpected exit from the competition.

Social networking site Twitter went into a frenzy after the judges opted not to exercise the “save vote” to keep Mthombeni in the race on Tuesday night.

“Bongi voted off Idols!! There goes my only hope that SA would deliver talent that breaks the mould!!!!!!” Idols fan AydhnHenry tweeted.

Twitter user jen_crown1 said: “What the hell is up with the Idols voting ? Bongi was SA’s best!!! I’m afraid judges that’s just not right that you did not save him!”

None of the radio stations – or fans – predicted that the Tembisa resident would land in the bottom three, along with Pieter West and Jamie-Lee Sexton.

Mthombeni impressed the judges on Sunday evening with his rendition of Cool and the Gang’s Celebration but failed to garner enough votes to stay in the competition.

The pint-sized singer’s shock was obvious: “I really thought the judges would save me but they didn’t and I must admit I was a bit traumatised. In terms of talent I don’t believe the right person was sent home, but in the end it’s what the voters say.”

Mthombeni’s departure comes after judge Gareth Cliff declared last week that this year’s Idol would be black.

Cliff has since tweeted: “Sad about Bongi going out on #Idols. Says more about voters than talent #Oh well... SA Idol’s downfall, demographics!”

But Mthombeni has a different take on the matter: “South Africans will always throw the race card, I have white followers too, and unfortunately some people haven’t gotten over it. This type of thing doesn’t affect me.”

He will not be giving up his singing career just yet and has already had “offers knocking on my door”.

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