Bullying claims hang over Qwabe twins Idols exit

Bullying claims hang over Qwabe twins Idols exit


Since the 21-year-olds entered the competition at the beginning of the year, there was speculation on social media that one of the judges, Somizi Mhlongo, had never liked the twins.

The dramatic exit of not one but two of KwaDukuza’s Qwabe twins from Idols SA on Sunday left viewers reeling amidst rumours of bullying and violence.

In the latest episode of the reality singing show, Virginia Qwabe was eliminated after not receiving enough votes. Her twin sister Viggy withdraw from the competition, apparently in a show of solidarity with her sister.

Numerous claims on Twitter that the twins had been bullied by other contestants were dismissed by Idols SA.

“The Qwabe twins have confirmed that they were not bullied in any way and the channel does not condone any bullying between contestants. Viggy withdrawal from the competition on her own and supported by her family and the channel,” said HOD PR and publicity local entertainment channel’s Philly Kubheka.

Since the 21-year-olds entered the competition at the beginning of the year, there was speculation on social media that one of the judges, Somizi Mhlongo, had never liked the twins.

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When the drama unfolded, Mhlongo was once again accused of influencing the exit of the twins.

Local supporter of the twins, Nkululeko Dladla, said she and others were arranging a petition to have Mhlongo censured.

“We believe that as the judge, he was not being fair to the twins, and from the get-go, he had never liked them. So what he was doing was wrong. Therefore we believe Idols and Umzansi Magic must take action against him,” said Dladla.

Adding fuel to the fire, the twin’s father, pastor Laurence “MK” Qwabe, told the Courier he believed the bullying had been real.

“As we speak, Viggy is limping because of the bullying. She was attacked by one of the contestants. She said she could not face the bullying alone without her sister so we supported her decision to return home,” said Laurence.

He thanked all those who had been voting for the twins and said this was not how they imagined the show’s outcome.