Watch Jason fly, even if he’s no ‘Idol’

2009-05-03 00:00

“Jason is to South Africa Idols what [Chris] Daughtry is to American Idols … Watch him fly,” said fan Jane Zietsman after it was announced that the midlands boy did not win this season of the show. Despite the number of people backing him up at the Idols finale last night in Johannesburg, the overall winner of M-Net’s Idols was Cape Town’s 18-year-old Sasha-Lee Davids.

After the announcement, many members of the audience walked out of the auditorium in dismay, carrying their “We love Jason” placards.

“I’m so sad. It was really unfair, but the winner is the winner,” said 11-year-old Jade Buckle, who stood outside the Mosaïek Theatre holding onto her “Vote Jason” poster.

Durban-born Vino Singh said she was shattered at the news. “I’m still a hard Jason fan.”

Commenting on the outcome, Jason said he was happy that Sasha-Lee won. “I’m relieved that it’s done,” he said.

Jason said now that he knows the outcome of the competition, he is ready to move on.

When asked if he was sad about not winning, Jason said the only thing he is sad about is the fact that the show is over. “It became such a big part of my life for so long,” he said. “The people I’ve gotten to know — just everything — I will miss it.”

Our other Howick High hopeful, Pixie Bennett, who also performed at the finale, said the fact that the 29-year-old made it to the Top Two is great enough for his career. “He is set,” she said, “he’s still in a very good position.”

Idols judge Dave Thompson reiterated this at the press conference after the show.

“Opportunities have arisen for Top 10 contestants in the past … Jason has a lot of fans and if they want the record, I’m sure it will be made available,” he said.

Fellow finalist and winner Sasha-Lee said she did not expect to win. “Jason has a huge fan-base,” she said. “You look around and all you see is big Jason posters and I was worried — it was like that throughout the competition.”

Jason said he can’t wait to get into a studio and put out “an album”. He said expect a record on the shelves at the end of the year.

“I want to thank everyone for all the support and for getting me this far,” he said. “This is not the end, this is just the beginning. You’ll see me soon.”

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