Idols SA officials are setting the record straight about the competition’s voting process following claims that eliminations are rigged.
Officials released a statement on Thursday after the father of former contestants Viggy and Virginia Qwabe, labelled the show a scam.
Laurence Qwabe claimed in an interview with the Daily Sun that an insider revealed ahead of Sunday night’s elimination that Virginia would be going home.
In a shock move, Viggy decided to leave the show after Virginia’s departure.
Laurence told the publication that he advised his daughter to withdraw from the competition.
“Idols is rigged,” he told the paper.
The KZN dad added: “It became clear to us that if we continued voting, we’re just wasting our money. It’s clear that the competition is no longer fair.”
Rumours doing the rounds also claimed that the judges got to pick who would be eliminated.
There were also whispers of bullying taking place behind the scenes. Idols SA spokesperson Philly Kubheka denied the claims.
“The vote count and ranking on contestants were independently computed by Deloitte and Touche and confirmed against the vote results determined by M-Net.
“While the judges provide predictions and commentary on the show, they can in no way alter the computation and outcomes of the public vote,” he said.
Philly added ”Mzansi Magic is satisfied that the show is managed in a manner that respects our talent and crew and that no bullying is tolerated”.
Meanwhile, Idols SA judge Unathi clapped back at an Instagram user who blamed the drama on her.
The user claimed that Unathi pushed for both the twins to make it to the top 16 (which ended up being a top 17), while overlooking other talent. “People like her are the reason why we think this show is rigged,” the woman wrote.
Unathi replied with a spicy comment.
“You sound STUPID. You’re going to say ME… Like I have THAT much POWER. Randal, Somizi and Multichoice could have said NO but we all wanted. BUT you’re going to BLAME the only woman. You’re STUPIIIIIIIID,” she wrote.