Elvis crowned ‘Idols’ king … and splits winnings

2010-11-03 00:00

ELVIS is king — at least of Idols. George resident Elvis Blue won 64% of the nearly 2,5 million votes cast in last night’s final in Johannesburg.

However, thanks to the close bond he and L’loyd Cele have developed, they have decided to split the R500 000 cash prize they received from sponsors M-Net and Ford.

Asked what had prompted this unique decision, Blue said: “We sat down and talked about it and realised that it was going to be close.

“We both felt that we had a good chance to lose. We’ve given seven months of our lives to Idols and we just felt that we could take a chance and lose R500 000 or have a sure thing by splitting the money.”

Blue said he plans to spend time with his wife Chireze and daughter Lila before heading into the studio to record his debut album with Universal — and hopefully to release it in time for Christmas.

Asked what he plans to do with his money, he said that until now his situation has been true to the song Gold Digger: “She give me money when I’m in need.”

Now he hopes that he can support his wife and daughter and give back to the people who have helped give him this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Cele, who is from Durban, is also longing to spend time with his wife Janet and son Levi.

He says he will take some time out to decide what he intends doing next.

One thing that is definitely on the cards is to start performing his music as much as possible and to invest his winnings in doing just that.

By yesterday afternoon Blue’s Idols single, Things My Father Said and Cele’s Thanks to You had been downloaded more than 5 000 times.

A total of 2 398 962 valid votes were cast, inspiring M-Net to announce Idols Season 7 after last night’s season finale.

Auditions for the next season will be held in February and March next year, but this season boasts a few novel new twists!

Details are now available on the official Idols Facebook page at www.facebook/idolsSA.

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