M-Net and Mzansi Magic released the Idols South Africa season 8 voting results on Tuesday 9 October 2012, keeping its promise to fans of the show.
Khaya Mthethwa, the winner of Idols SA Season 8, was South Africa’s favourite throughout the entire season. The voting results indicate that the voting public rated Khaya as the show’s number one performer for ten weeks in a row.
For the first time in the history of Idols SA, voters had 100% voting power during the Top 18 phase. In Idols SA Season 7, for example, the voting public determined five of the Top 10 contestants, while the judges added the remaining five contestants.
As opposed to the 8,053,612 votes received for Idols SA Season 6 and the 8,411,8869 for Idols SA Season 7, Season 8’s total number of votes tallied a whopping 9,005,342.
For the Grand Finale, Season 6 and Season 7 drew 2,399,002 votes and 1,905,532 votes respectively in comparison with Season 8’s 2,987,087 votes.
M-Net’s Corporate Communications Manager, Lani Lombard, stated that the overwhelming viewer interaction was a testament to the popularity of the brand and quality of Season 8’s Top 10 contestants.
The voting results that appear below on this page are based on votes received from the public via MXit, SMS, the Idols SA website and Mobi-site.
To avoid unfair syndicated voting, votes were limited to just 100 votes per voting period on Mxit and via SMS, and to one vote per hour on the Idols SA website and Mobi-site. Each week, the votes were verified by auditing firm Deloitte.
The statistics for the competition from the Idols Top 18 phase through to the Idols SA Grand Finale, appear below with each contestant’s number of votes represented by a percentage of the total.