The question everyone is asking is, how much do SA Idols judges earn?
Well below we explain how much Idols South Africa judges earn plus all the other benefits they enjoy by being judges on the show.
NOTE: The below outlined agreements (are paraphrased of course), based on court papers filed by former Idols SA judge Gareth Cliff at the time when he was axed from the show in 2016.
1. A car
The producers, SIC Entertainment, do all the judges’ travel arrangements to and from the airport as well as to and from recordings for the program, as well as any other appearances that judges are required to do for the show.
If a judge feels like he/she is not getting along with the provided driver, using his/her own transport is also welcome but they must also remember to keep those receipts.
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2. Accommodation sorted
Trouble with sleeping arrangements? No need to worry. Accommodation “on a bed and breakfast basis” is provided to ensure judges make no appearance with an empty stomach.
3. Flights sorted
Economy class flights?? Not at all!!. Idols SA judges have their flights upgraded to business class all the way.
4. Daily allowance
An Idols SA judge gets R100 per day out of town allowance just in case he/she is in need of an extra lunch or maybe even just have an urge to buy a DVD or CD at a non-local Musica.
5. An Idols SA judge is not an employee
“…the Judge is an independent contractor and not an employee of the Producer or the Broadcaster,” the agreement stipulates. Therefore it should be noted and extreme caution needs to be taken when a judge is updating his/her CV by adding “Employed by M-Net as a judge on Idols” as he/she is not regarded as an employee of M-Net or SIC entertainment.
6. No keeping mementos
If the companies decide that one will no longer be a judge, then he/she must prepare to “deliver to the Producer all manuscripts, drafts, photographs, books, plans, drawings, accounts, papers, equipment and documents of whatever nature” in their possession that might be related in any way to the business or programme.
7. Monthly salary
As of 2016, an Idols SA judge gets to pocket some extra spending money – R35,616 per month over a period of 10 months to be exact.
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8. Bye, Felicia
A judge is not be allowed to make disparaging or derogatory comments regarding the broadcaster or any other parties related to Idols SA.
Please Note: Any acts of racism will result in a judge’s immediate dismissal, unless of course it doesn’t.
And lastly, below is a copy of the court documents filed in by former Idols SA judge Gareth Cliff indicating payments made during the 2015 season of Idols SA:
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