Tshidi Tenyane Idols SA. Source: Facebook Page.
Season favourite Tshidi Tenyane from the East Rand township of Thokoza was at the forefront of a fickle public spat after Sunday night’s episode of Idols SA.
Although Tshidi brought the house down with both her individual performances as well her duet with fellow hopeful Monde Msutwana, her alleged diva attitude had the social networks abuzz after Sunday night’s Homebrewed instalment of the talent competition.
During the homecoming montage before her performance, Tshidi is seen arriving in her hometown greeted by a mob of fans. Before stepping out of the car she smiles and tells the crowd of schoolchildren not to swarm her when she leaves the vehicle.
“I’m going to get out now, don’t jump on me, OK?” she was heard repeating. This has attracted a lot of criticism and accusations of an egotistical drama queen.
After the angry reactions she received via Twitter, Tshidi tweeted: “my comment offended a lot of people, but I was genuinely scared. I apologise for the way it came out. It was not my intension I am sorry.”
She added “I was not being a diva, and I’m not like that it’s a school of over 1500 students and I was nervous,” she responded to two enraged people who were condemning her behaviour.
Tshidi could not be reached for comment.
Yesterday, the songbird who has impressed both the judges as well as the viewing public in this season sent a statement to The New Age via MNet reading:
“The comments on Twitter and Facebook are hurtful – I am hardworking and a people's person and am definitely not a diva, or arrogant and disrespectful. I meant no harm with the comment. I was really scared to get out of the car, because the reality is, the kids were shaking the car before we got out.
The car was completely surrounded by kids, and I have never dealt with a crowd of 2000 before. The teachers and crew also tried to calm them down, but they were too excited about us being there. I publicly apologised to everyone who took offense with the comment, but still there are many negative comments on the social media platforms.
I understand that people can comment about everything you do once you're in the public eye and I respect their opinions, but I don't understand why you have to be so mean on social media platforms. Thanks to everyone who are supporting me and believe in me.”