Khaya on booing Melissa: That's not right

2012-10-03 07:25
Sam Brighton
Johannesburg - Idols 8 winner Khaya Mthethwa may be grateful to his fans for voting for him, but he's not okay with them booing his runner-up, Melissa Allison.

Khaya and Melissa both performed during the 90-minute Idols finale that took place in Fairlands, Johannesburg on Tuesday.

While the audience made their love for Khaya known with screams of adoration, they also expressed their distaste for finalist Melissa.

As Melissa arrived on stage to prepare for her performance of Rihanna's Where Have You Been, the crowd booed loudly in front of the 23-year-old singer.

'I appreciate her'

Khaya expressed his love for his fellow Idols 8 finalist during a press conference after he was announced the winner.

He said: "I just want to congratulate Melissa on making it this far.

"She's a friend of mine, I appreciate her, I love her and if I'd heard [the booing], I would have been one of the people saying 'that's not right'."

Khaya also expressed an interest in recording a duet with Melissa.

When asked whether a recording contract had been offered to Melissa as well, Universal Music's Lindelani Mkhize simply said: "Tonight is about the winner."

As runner-up Melissa won R100 000 while Khaya won a host of prizes including R500 000, a car and a waverunner.

Watch Khaya's performance as the new Idols winner here:

Have your say on the result - how do you feel about Khaya winning Idols season 8? E-mail your thoughts and reviews of the show to and you could be published.


  • dieter.muller.942145 - 2012-10-03 07:47

    what do you expect with a ANCYL crowd - most of them never went 2 school!! This country is in BIG trouble

      sean.otto.9 - 2012-10-03 07:59

      Stupid comment !!!!!!!!!!!!!

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-10-03 08:21

      Mikies - learn the language and its spelling before using it!

      jomardl - 2012-10-03 08:35

      @dieter: It's pretty predictable that some silly person would make this a political thing. As if Pop Idol fans are usually always so composed and classy!?

      baloyi.leonard - 2012-10-03 08:37

      Sorry Broer we are not talking about Politics here, its SA must learn on how to comment where is necessary#

      sekalf.nroc - 2012-10-03 08:37

      AYanga, what are you mumbling?

      jacques.smit - 2012-10-03 08:46

      lol @ yanga.tamela .... She's not even white.. Stupid people always pulling out the race card.. shame if thats all you can bring to the table!

      alonso.opinion - 2012-10-03 09:37

      catch a wake up dieter, you look like a fool with comments like that

      ndlovucl - 2012-10-03 10:09

      you are really stupid, a shame to mankind!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-03 10:13

      @yanga - Melissa white? No bru, she's Cape Kullid. Oh, sorry, I forgot. They are only regarded as "black" when it comes to elections.

  • Lyndatjie - 2012-10-03 07:49

    Good for you Khaya - you are a true gentleman and a worthy winner! You are my idol of choice so congratulations and may your future be bright and prosperous! (PS: A duet album would be great - you guys harmonized WELL last night!!!)

  • mike.dufham.7 - 2012-10-03 08:02

    I hope that this is the last season of this mindless ans talentless cr@p

      ianthe.exall - 2012-10-03 08:17

      Agreed. Enough is enough.

      Nokuthula - 2012-10-03 08:59

      OH COME ON PEOPLE!!! you can say all you want Khaya is TALENTED Period!!! Now his music, voice might not appeal to everyone, but that is still ok because we don't like the same things. Amazing how this whole thing has been turned into another race debate. I voted for Khaya because he's the type of singer I would like to listen to in future. When Elvis Blue (Season 6) won over Llyod i never saw it as a RACE issue but the fact that his supports/fans voted because they believed in him. That's why this time I voted over 400 times because i wanted my favorate to win. There has been tremendous support for this young man, FROM the security gaurds in my complex TO celebrities we all voted because we believe that he deserves to win. The votes have spoken. Why does everything have to be about race!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!

      mfundi.ndaba - 2012-10-03 09:11

      You guys really don't have to watch the show. Like WTF?

      koko.sandy.75 - 2012-10-03 09:25

      no boeta is the beginning of it, more Khayas will use the platform to be the best artist, we still waiting for Shikhana and many who deserves fair votes to shoe their talents. ur bitterness doesnt make any diff vuka baba.

  • marvin.seekoei.9 - 2012-10-03 08:09

    Totally disgusting that a young woman should go through such abuse and public humiliation!

      mfundi.ndaba - 2012-10-03 09:15

      Pathetic, rude, mindless people. Who boos people in this day and age? Must have been news24 commentators.

  • Erna - 2012-10-03 08:14

    Typical, disrepectful SA behaviour!

  • mrp721 - 2012-10-03 08:25

    Just remember Malema was behind Khaya winning, he told his supporters to vote for Khaya, so it would not surprise me if he was behind the audience who booed her... He probably had enough ANCYL supporters there to do his dirty work.. Malema is a disgrace to society and so are his followers who have no brains for themselves. With that said, maybe Khaya did deserve a win but maybe results would have been different if Malema hadn't rallied his supporters behind Khaya. Either way, I'm glad that Khaya has spoken up against the booing of Melissa and well done Khaya, but I guess we'll never know if it was a true win or not...

      jomardl - 2012-10-03 08:37

      stupid comment

      Nokuthula - 2012-10-03 09:04

      Had to pull the ANCYL card!!! HONESTLY

      mrp721 - 2012-10-03 10:16

      Kensong.ben.7 don't you read... There was a news24 article stating that Malema was pushing his supporters to vote for Khaya, so wake up and get the facts straight!!!! It has a lot to do with Malema and no it's not a bitter pill to swallow but we all know what happens everytime Malema sticks his fat nose in where it doesn't belong.. And as for Omnivore and Nokuthula I have just answered why the ANCYL card was pulled... Wake up, get the facts before commenting back - idiots!!!!

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-10-03 08:26

    Yes m net got their black winner now they can pack this crap up and rather do something we can actually enjoy!!!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-10-03 08:26

    Felicitations for your victory,thanx for your selflessness and humbleness.

  • francis.o.lai - 2012-10-03 08:30

    Idols was a joke! No talent and blatantly rigged contest. The better singers were all kicked off by a judging panel who had clearly been given a mandate to ensure a winner of colour. Lloyd Cele is a real idol and he got to where he is now on real talent and did not require help from the judges or the sponsors or the political establishment. Karen Kortje and Jody also got to where they are on talent alone. I will never watch SA Idols again ... and I was a huge fan. Just like sport it appears as though politics is now going to play a larger role in reality tv.

      Khomotso - 2012-10-03 08:35

      Keep on singing that song and eventually u'll get tired of it.

  • Tshepo Gwamanda - 2012-10-03 08:31

    Actually I would have been happy even if Melissa won!! the booing was not on at all!!! Melissa deserved to be in the final!!! I liked their duo of No Air, they really looked good together!!!

  • normboolalor.scizaar - 2012-10-03 08:34

    Charles Dumbwin u really r acting DUMB now, just as ur surname says!How can u an entertainment effort as a racial races? You have a HUGE problem within urself!!! Win some, loose some!!!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-10-03 08:40

      In Charles's case it goes to show evolution didn't benefit all.

  • jomardl - 2012-10-03 08:39

    Well done Khaya - you deserved to win.

  • teateekay - 2012-10-03 08:39

    Thanks Donna Homan I like you ,I still wonder if Khaya's father (BLACK) was able to buy cellphones for the whole community why others did not do it.

      claire.ranwell - 2012-10-03 08:57

      he bought starter packs - not cell phones........

  • sithembisopa.phewa - 2012-10-03 08:42

    this is total rubbish how can u be happy that someone was booed upon. some people just got twisted mind. anyhow cogrutulations to both of them. they must be so talented to make it there.

  • jade.koen.5 - 2012-10-03 08:43

    Really guys? A story about idols and it turns racial? has anyone noticed how any random story in south africa has comments that somehow turns racial? is that all south africans can talk about?

      Maphuti.DeeDee.Mashamaite - 2012-10-03 09:46

      It's very unfortunate. People really need to start celebrating their ethnicity and that of others instead of all this bitching.

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-10-03 08:44

    The message is very clear: white people are making fools of themselves in competing in competitions like this. What is also very clear is that naked hatred of whites is escalating. Big problems ahead of this racist country!

      jacowium - 2012-10-03 09:28

      What is also very clear is that you allow your life to be governed by fear.

      Maphuti.DeeDee.Mashamaite - 2012-10-03 09:44

      Please move out from under that rock and stop bitching about a black man winning Idols. In case you don't recall, Dave, a white man who really deserved it, won Idols season 7. Stop making every damn thing racial. Khaya Mthethwa won because he simply deserved it. And I completely agree with one of the commentaries. Quit being a weak assed person and stop basing everything on color. I'd expect all this bitching from a person of color simply because of the effects of Apartheid. Get over color, it was relevant in '93. #CoolThanksBye

  • disebo.tladi - 2012-10-03 08:48

    Uh really!!!!!!!!!!!! does everything have to be political in this country. How does Khaya winning Idols and Mellissa coming second really fit in poilitics. It was just about public votes, Khaya got more votes than Melissa end of the story.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-10-03 08:54

      Yes but did Melissa's supporters get discounts on all the free 'please call mes'? lol! That's a joke, don't shoot.

  • beki.khumalo - 2012-10-03 08:56

    There's a section of our population that is so bitter! I would have thought that apartheid would have messed up black people so much that they would have been the ones this bitter, but seemingly it's the opposite. Do all good things belong a certain race? If a black person attains them their legitimacy gets questioned. Why South Africans, why? The final stages of the show goes down to voting, the more votes the person has the more their winning chances increase. Melissa has a great voice, she's sexy and an ideal popstar in terms of potential sales etc, but her fans didn't vote enough, and that's it! Khaya has a great voice, more RnB than pop, but his fans voted(me included) and he won! If I compare the vocal abilities of last year's winner, Dave against Khaya, Khaya comes up tops for me. Why? Because that's just my taste in music, it has nothing to do with his skin colour. Last year I voted Dave, because at that stage of the competition he was the best for me! Why spoil this young man's victory with all this racial hatred? C'mon people, are we so pathetic as a nation, really?

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-10-03 09:02

    Iyooo is this going to be politicised too, i think some of the audience were out of line but to try and steal Kaya's glory by highjacking his moment its def. unfair.Congrats to all 2012 Idols contestants and i really enjoyed the Top 10 male perfomance - was Jack Parrow's song saying tokolosh tokolosh or its just my ears *just asking*

  • justin.sly.77 - 2012-10-03 09:04

    And they say white people are racists. Eish, the racist comments on this forum and the booing. Its a shame....

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-03 09:04

    I agree, but this happens too often. Even our sport teams get's booed at times as if we would do better.

  • dintwe.mohutsioa - 2012-10-03 09:11

    this country is still largely divided even young generation hurl racial insults taken from their elders, it is a sad reality indeed, and I wonder who are these racists? People I call colleagues, people I call neighbors, people I call fellow citizens?

  • musawenkosi.mvubu - 2012-10-03 09:17

    @Darrlyl.maze.5, booing Mellisa was unfortunate and not right but however your scrap-yard mentality of viewing everything along racial lines displays not only hatred against the Africans (not blacks) but also your zero sum analysis which requires blind spot assist. Abantu abanjengawe are feeding the society with an unwanted and wrong diet. Ngyokusho lokhu ngaphandle kokwesaba nanoma yini.

  • francie.potgieter - 2012-10-03 09:18

    Well I hope MNET is happy now, they got what they wanted a hand picked winner from the start. Most boring Idols show ever.

  • peter.brown.940436 - 2012-10-03 09:21

    booing standard behaviour for the unruly mob , what a crappy programme it really is

  • bradley.avontuur - 2012-10-03 09:21

    Yet another talent less singer enters the South African music abyss. Not 1 of the idols winners has made a fully sustainable living from winning this contrived BS talent search reality show. Real talent is out there someone please go find it, lets hope this is the LAST of the IDOLS 8 seasons not 1 proper super star created. ENUF SAID

  • anele.mveku - 2012-10-03 09:24

    This just proves wht we all knw, the guy is a sweetheart, down to earth. And damn Talented too, some of us knw talent when we see t hence we voted for him, this has got nothing to do with race.

  • edgar.samuels.7 - 2012-10-03 09:40

    It seems that for some it is alright to intimidate and use force to get what they want. What a pity that it happened at an artistic occasion like the Finale of Idols,where one has to appreciate and applaud the Finalists.Booing did not belong there.

  • Louise Whittingstall Barnard - 2012-10-03 09:46

    Congratulations on your win Khaya!!! You were the best of those the judges picked!!!!

  • landie.potter - 2012-10-03 09:49

    I said from the first night when the 10 finals were chosen that this show is like karioeke no discipline from the crowd , they should watch the overseas version if they want this show to last another 5 years. CIRCUS DE LUXE!!!, I don't give a CRAP what colour you are But u can't buy CLASS. And the whole seasons show 's crowd didn't have that. Pppiinnng

  • charles.butler.5074 - 2012-10-03 09:49

    You cant teach people culture,you have it or you dont, you can try and teach them some manners.

  • lindokuhle.matsenjwa.3 - 2012-10-03 10:14

    affirmative action at its best.... BIG YAWN!

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