FI­NAL 3 Idols breaks votes record

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Opin­ions were di­vided when the 14th sea­son of Idols SA kicked off in July. Some said they were over the show, but the sheer num­ber of vot­ers this sea­son has proven that the con­test is still pop­u­lar.

Even be­fore next week’s fi­nale at Car­ni­val City in Boks­burg, the show has smashed its vot­ing record, with 110 mil­lion votes logged so far.

The show has also bro­ken on­line records, with more than 14 mil­lion views on its YouTube chan­nel and more than 100 000 sub­scribers.

Idols SA ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer and di­rec­tor Gavin Wrat­ten this week said: “Look­ing at the num­ber of votes that other re­al­ity shows in South Africa re­ceive, I would never have imag­ined that

100 mil­lion votes were in any way achiev­able. To have passed this mile­stone with the fi­nale still to come is in­cred­i­ble.”

In­cred­i­ble is also how one could de­scribe the trans­for­ma­tion of the three Idols left stand­ing. We de­cided to haul out their au­di­tion tapes to look at their now-and-thens.

Cape Town was where last year’s win­ner Pax­ton Fielies au­di­tioned, and it’s also where we met two of this year’s fi­nal three.

Idols SA is on Mzansi Magic (DStv chan­nel 161) at 5pm

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