The numbers reveal how close ‘Idols’ really was

2009-05-06 00:00

Our local idol, Jason Hartman, lost the title as overall winner of this season of Idols by a mere 5,54%.

According to statistics released by M-Net yesterday, 1 796 840 votes were cast to determine the winner of Idols Season 5 — just under two percent of the voting numbers of the entire run of the show, more than 78 million votes.

“These phenomenal voting statistics clearly demonstrate that Idols is still a well-loved reality show format and that South Africa was actively and passionately involved in supporting the Idols contestants,” says Helen Smit, M-Net’s head of local content.

Smit added that there was no clear winner right from the start. “The voting numbers fluctuated from week to week, with some contestants yo-yo-ing between the bottom and top half, and it was soon evident that it was tough to stay in the running,” she said.

The statistics indicated that Jason was the first contestant in the show to receive over 30% of the votes, with his Top 4 performance.

They also show that he was the first to get over 40% of the total number of votes, the very next week.

The figures indicated that Jason’s biggest competitor during the competition was Durbanite Lendel Moonsamy, and Idols winner Sasha-Lee Davids and Jason were neck-and-neck on most weeks throughout the show.

Toward the end of the show, Jason raked in more votes than any of the other contestants. Alas, Sasha-Lee snatched the title away from our local star, by receiving the better part of the votes on the big night.

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