- Penny Lebyane, is sticking to her statements she made back in 2002 regarding black contestants on Idols SA
- The former judge on the competition claimed that the black contestants were set up for failure
- However Penny claims she was right, that the black contestants can sing better than the white ones, they were just never given the proper opportunities, like they are receiving now
Broadcaster, Penny Lebyane, is standing by her statement that black contestants on Idols SA season one, which took place in 2002, were allegedly set up for failure.
According to TshisaLIVE, Penny reflected on when she was a judge for the singing competition that year during an interview on MTV Base’s Behind the Story.
The show’s host, Pearl Thusi’ referred to reports provided by producers of the singing show at the time saying that Penny had made a “mistake” when she said that black contestants could sing better than white ones.
Penny quickly stopped Pearl before she could finish her question and said that her comments were not a mistake and she stood by what she had said back then.
“I’m sorry but it’s true, there’s no mistake that I said [that]. It took so many years for the black kids to be seen and heard, and for black people to start voting.
“Yeah, I said that black kids can sing better, it wasn’t a mistake. I said, the black kids could sing better. At that time Idols SA was on M-Net and black people could not have access to DStv so they could not vote.”
Penny added that behind the scene, the black contestants were dressed poorly because they did not have black stylists to style them properly.
“Actually, I had a conversation with someone who asked why the black child was styled like that? I said you make the child look 45 when they are 18. This is an Idols SA search, they need to look young and fresh.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Idols SA recently made headlines with the elimination of fan favorite, Virginia Qwabe. Her twin sister Viggy then pulled out of the competition soon afterwards. The twins' father then spoke out claiming the show's voting was rigged.
However, producers of the show, dismissed the claims that votes had been rigged and the twins were bullied.
About a month ago, Briefly.co.za reported that popular TV and radio personality, Penny Lebyane, expressed her annoyance at being delayed on a shoot when someone thought it was a good idea to tell her she made a spelling mistake.
She clearly wasn't impressed and responded accordingly. Those grammar Nazis have a way of rubbing people up the wrong way.
Penny said she wasn't going to lose sleep over making a spelling mistake on social media and that things like that don't mean you're stupid.
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