Gareth quits Idols

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment -

AFTER 11 sea­sons as a judge on Idols South Africa, ra­dio star Gareth Cliff has de­cided to call it a day. Gareth made the shock an­nounce­ment in a state­ment posted to his Face­book page yes­ter­day.

“It’s time! After 11 sea­sons of Idols, it’s time for me to say good­bye. What bet­ter way to bring this chap­ter to a close than a trip to New York and meet­ing Amer­i­can Idols judge Harry Con­nick Jr and be­ing on his post-Idols show – ‘Harry’,” Gareth wrote.

Though the pre­sen­ter who hosts Cliff Cen­tral would not re­veal his fu­ture plans, he told fans to “watch the space”.

Gareth’s re­la­tion­ship with Idols SA had been stormy, after he was fired from the show to which he took M-Net to court over the de­ci­sion and was re­in­stated, with M-Net or­dered to pay costs. He later told re­porters at a news con­fer­ence that he held no grudges against the show’s pro­duc­ers.

Gareth will leave at the end of this year’s on­go­ing sea­son which this week saw the Top 3 be­ing an­nounced and fan favourite, Terra Cox leav­ing.

Cox’s exit proved that the au­di­ence say when it comes to pick­ing the win­ner. The blonde con­tes­tant was an early fan favourite but his re­cent song choices and per­for­mances left the judges un­der­whelmed and ul­ti­mately to him re­ceiv­ing the least num­ber of votes for the week.

Next week, the top 2 will be an­nounced ahead of the fi­nal stretch of the singing com­pe­ti­tion. — Times­Live/Jacaranda. had the fi­nal

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