M-Net raps Mara Louw over booze and pills

2010-10-06 00:00

IDOLS judge Mara Louw is back in the headlines — for all the wrong reasons.

Following rumours about being drunk at the recording of the reality show last Friday, Mama Mara told both 702 and Cape­Talk radio stations yesterday that she had a Red Bull energy drink with vodka before the show got under way.

Having already taken strong medication to deal with the pain of a broken toe, it was soon clear to those at the recording that she wasn’t her usual self.

Louw, who apologised to the nation for her behaviour, blamed exhaustion as a result of a heavy schedule for her decision to drink the energy drink and vodka.

Idols’ broadcaster M-Net has accepted Louw’s apology, but said in a statement that it is “disappointed with her irresponsible behaviour”.

The statement continued: “M-Net does not allow crew members, cast and presenters, on any set to consume alcohol prior to a show. It is against our code of conduct and could lead to disciplinary action.

“To reinstate our stance, the Idols cast and crew will officially be informed that M-Net will not, under any circumstances, tolerate behaviour on set that could tarnish the reputation of the production.

“It is a pity that the focus of the show is moving away from where it should be: on the incredibly talented singers who are working hard to become South Africa’s next idol.”

It’s not the first time that Louw has hit the headlines this season.

A few months ago fashionistas spotted that she was wearing what appeared to be a fake Louis Vuitton jacket during the audition phase of the reality show; and last month Louw stirred up a bit of a hornet’s nest when she encouraged black people in the townships to start voting if they wanted to help their favourites to win.

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