A social media storm been raging round SA Idols after one of the competitors was treated in what was seen as a “humiliating” manner in the latest episode of the popular reality series.
Karabo, a woman from Johannesburg, auditioned with the song O Holy Night in Sunday evening’s show.
Another judge, radio presenter Gareth Cliff, mocked her, saying it was as if she’d been sent from another planet.
And it didn’t take long for viewers to get in on the act by taking to social media to complain about the programme humiliating Karabo.
“If the judges can’t provide positive criticism, they should rather shut up. They make me sick!” one viewer wrote on Facebook.
Others praised Karabo for having the courage to enter. “So, she doesn’t know who Beyoncé is. What does it matter?” asked one. Another viewer wrote: “Poor auditions shouldn’t even be broadcast; it’s humiliating” and described the judges’ behaviour as “ridiculous and totally unprofessional”.
Many others said they had long since given up watching Idols SA precisely because of the judges’ inappropriate attitude towards those taking part.
Neither the judges nor the producers have thus far reacted to the barrage of criticism.