Khaya won Idols with a huge margin
FAN FAVOURITE: It was 8 out of 10 for Idols winner Khaya Mthethwa as M-Net disclosed the Idols voting stats
Khaya “PK” Mthethwa won the coveted title of South Africa's Idol in style.
According to voting statistics released by M-Net and Mzansi Magic, Khaya won the title with a whopping 80% of the 3 million votes cast, against 23-year-old Mellisa Allison from Port Elizabeth who secured a meagre 20%.
M-Net's Corporate Communications Manager, Lani Lombard, says the overwhelming viewer interaction is a testament to the popularity of the brand and quality of this year's Top 10.
The statistics also indicates how the voting public rated Khaya as the show's number one performer for ten weeks in a row, which is a rare feat.
It is confirmed that Khaya has had no competition since the Top 18.
It was only in the Top 10 when he had a closest rival in Tshidi Tenyane receiving 25% of votes compared to Khaya's 33%.
After that, it was smooth sailing for the soul crooner consistently receiving the most votes at 40%. From the Top 9 the closest rivals were sitting on less that 16%.
Khaya showed his mettle when he held a grip on the competition from the Durban audition to Sun City's “Hell Week” stage. According to the voting statistics, they showed that Khaya was South Africa's favourite throughout these various stages of the competition.
"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,” said Lombard
For the first time in the history of the competition, voters had 100% voting power during the Top 18 phase. The previous seasons the voting public determined five of the Top 10 contestants, while the judges added the remaining five.
As opposed to the 8,053,612 votes received for Idols 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, Season 6 and Season 7 drew 2,399, 002 votes 1,905,532 votes respectively in comparison with this year's 2,987,087.