‘Cherry on the top’: Dave wins ‘most exciting ever’ idols series

2011-10-05 00:00

IN what has been described as one of the closet ever finales in South African Idols history, Johannesburg’s Dave van Vuuren was named winner of season seven at the Mosaïek Teatro in Fairlands, last night.

Only 0,9% separated the two musicians after nearly two million votes were cast since Sunday’s show.

5FM DJ Gareth Cliff described the series as the “most exciting ever”, adding that having Van Vuuren and Cape Town’s Mark Haze in the finale was the “cherry on the top”.

Van Vuuren, who has been a judges’ favourite since his performance in the audition rounds, could barely contain his emotion after Idols host, ProVerb, announced he had won the reality show.

“I love you South Africa — you’ve made my dreams come true. Thank you,” he said, before singing his debut single, Hall Of Mirrors.

During Sunday’s show, Cliff said, after his performance of the song, “It’s a problem to have to sing an unknown song at the end of the competition.

“But we can hear someone who’s as musical and as talented and has as great a voice as you is able to sing that song and make it yours.”

The 21-year-old won a recording contract with Universal Music, R500 000 from KFC and M-Net, a customised Ford Fiesta 1.6 Sport, Samsung appliances, fashion from Truworths, and Yamaha and Shure music equipment.

But fellow finalist, 28-year-old Haze, didn’t walk away empty handed after KFC announced it would be giving the runner-up R100 000.

The announcement was made by last year’s winner, Elvis Blue.

Other performers included The Parlotones, fresh from their Maritzburg Day concert in the National Botanic Gardens last weekend, Liquideep, Kurt Darren and Lira, who revealed that the Idols winner would be opening for her concert on October 29 at Sun City.

Both Van Vuuren’s Hall Of Mirrors and Haze’s single, Out of my Head are available to download at a cost of R15.

Simply SMS ‘Mirrors’ or ‘Head’ to 39400, or visit Omusic.com.

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