Moments after host Proverb announced the winner‚ Idols SA runner-up Mthokozisi Ndaba exited the stage and never showed up again.
Though Zimbabwe and its president, Robert Mugabe have been hogging the headlines lately, on Sunday, Idols SA created a major buzz on social media for all the right reasons. However, it wasn’t just the fact that Cape Town beauty and fan favourite Paxton Fielies scooped the title. Idols SA runner-up Mthokozisi caused quite a stir when he sneaked out after the winner was announced and failed to show up for a post-show interview, to everyone’s concern.
The Idols SA season 13 runner-up, 25, stunned the South African media on Sunday night when he pulled a disappearing act and refused to attend the Mzansi Magic (DStv 161) post-show press conference after Paxton, 17, was crowned the winner. Mthokozisi’s seat behind his name card and microphone next to Paxton Fielies awkwardly remained conspicuously empty as seen below.
Idols SA officials said the Mthokozisi was composing himself after his loss. Apparently, he was still trying to come to terms with not emerging as the winner of the competition.
His no-show created another first for the show (in addition to the millions of votes cast) as no runner-up has never evaded a post-show interview in the history of the competition. Notably, past Idols runner-ups would always face the media to discuss their plans of moving forward, accept their prizes and graciously congratulate the winner. This appearance would for what it’s worth, show fans that they are okay even though they didn’t win.
For the most part, while we wait for M-Net to release the final voting tally and voting statistics over the course of the season, it’s not yet known by how many more votes and what voting percentage Paxton Fielies won over Mthokozisi Ndaba. What we know for now is that Paxton got the majority votes.
Mthokozisi was orphaned when he was 14 and failed matric in 2009 but later passed in 2012. Then in February this year, he was shot in his leg during a traumatic robbery at home while he was busy with Idols.
He had to literally limp back to the competition and still made it to the finale.