Idols: one unguarded remark and goodbye

2012-09-22 18:47

Some say Tshidi was set up, others says she’s a diva with a big ego

Did she jump or was she pushed?

That’s the question.

Conspiracy theories abound on social network sites over the abrupt departure of Idols SA favourite Tshidi Tenyane, with some crying sabotage and others screaming “diva”.

This follows the airing of last Sunday’s homecoming episode where the remaining four contestants were seen visiting their neighbourhoods and old schools to bask in the adoration of their home crowd.

Tenyane, whose insert was the last to be shown, angered viewers and alienated fans when she was heard repeatedly telling a throng of excited primary school children “don’t jump on me”.

The clip shows the aspiring singer peeping at the children from the back seat of an SUV, warning: “Okay guys, I’m going to come out of the car, but don’t jump on me, okay? I will literally fall over.”

 Twitter immediately exploded with comments and the contestant many saw as the next South African Idol was immediately vilified as a “diva”, “prima donna” and “bitch”.

“Careful Tshidi ... ur head is getting big,” tweeted Generations actress Zenande Mfenyana.

Speaking to City Press on Thursday at her home in Thokoza on the East Rand, Tenyane said she was upset by people’s comments.

“None of these people were there when I got to my old school. The pupils were pushing the car, rocking it and I only had one school security guard to help me. I was just scared and overwhelmed,” said Tenyane.

Tenyane’s apology on Monday seemed to be a case of too little too late as she was voted out on Tuesday – some saying “it was a lesson in humility”.

But others have suggested that M-Net set up the 28-year-old to fall because she was threatening to dethrone early favourite Khaya Mthethwa.

Former Idols SA contestant Kelly Fortuin, who made it to the top six in season seven, tweeted: “So again my prediction was correct! Due to an insert being edited the way they wanted ppl to view her! This happens every year!”

In an e-mail to City Press, M-Net dismissed the allegations, claiming their “intention is to show all contestants in a good light and provide a platform for them to shine”.

“We were totally surprised that Tshidi’s comment created controversy. The insert illustrated how popular the contestants have become and how excited the fans were to see her. It’s a pity it was taken out of context and blown out of proportion by some social media users,” read the statement.

An unrepentant Tenyane, still smarting over what she believes was an unfair dismissal, on Thursday told City Press she will not “apologise for who I am”.

On Friday she tweeted: “Eeeeee I thought long and hard about this, dropping my first single in a few months *DON’T JUMP ON ME*:) lol”.

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» Idols continues tonight on M-Net at 5.30pm. Results show is Tuesday at 7.30pm

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