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Khaya won Idols with 80% of votes

2012-10-09 13:37
 
Cape Town - Khaya Mthethwa, the winner of Idols Season 8 raked in 80.2% of the votes during the final round of voting.

After M-Net and Mzansi Magic released their voting statistics for this year's Top 10 Idols Spectacular Shows on Tuesday, the numbers indicated that Khaya received 80.2% of the votes, whilst the runner-up Melissa received an average of 19.8% of the votes.

According to the statistics the voting public also rated Khaya as the show's No 1 performer for 10 weeks in a row.

Avoid unfair syndicated voting

M-Net and Mzansi Magic also confirmed that Khaya received the most votes during the Top 18 phase, where he competed against other strong male contenders for a place in the Top 10.

For the first time in the history of the competition voters had 100% voting power during the Top 18 phase.

The results are based on votes received from the public via MXit, SMS, and the Idols website and mobi-site.

To avoid unfair syndicated voting, votes were limited to 100 per voting period on Mxit and via SMS and to one per hour on the Idols website and mobi-site. Each week, the votes were verified by auditing firm Deloitte.

Audience helped to judge

M-Net and Mzansi Magic explained that in previous seasons such as Idols Season 7, the voting public determined five of the Top 10 contestants, while the judges added the remaining five.

To provide even more transparency to the early stages of the competition, M-Net and Mzansi Magic also invited listeners from radio stations across the country to the Theatre Phase at Sun City where their applause for each contestant's performance guided the judges in selecting the Top 18 contestants.

As opposed to the 8 053 612 votes received forIdols Season 6 and the 8 411 8869 for Idols Season 7, this year's total number of votes tallied a whopping 9 005 342.

For the final spectacular, Season 6 and Season 7 drew 2 399 002 votes and 1 905 532 votes respectively in comparison with this year's 2 987 087 votes.

'Khaya bound to become a star player'

M-Net's Corporate Communications Manager Lani Lombard said the overwhelming viewer interaction is testament to the popularity of the brand and quality of this year's Top 10.

"Our main mission with each season of Idols is to produce a fire-cracker television series for the enjoyment of our diverse audiences and to provide a launchpad for successful careers in the highly competitive music industry. With all this support, Khaya is bound to become a star player on the South African music scene.

"We are also immensely proud of runner-up Melissa, who showed how important hard work and commitment is in the entertainment world, and trust that we will hear much more from this fantastic group of Idols," Lani explained.

Take a look below at the the voting results for each voting round from the Top 18 till the Top 2:






















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