Speaking to StandardLife&Style recently, Multichoice Africa President, Collins Khumalo said it was the African voters who could make a difference in the voting patterns and have a winner from another country this year.
“It is up to the voters to vote for their favourite housemate to win the competition. What we do is give all African countries an equal opportunity,” said Khumalo.
Khumalo said Nigerians Kevin and Uti Nwachukwu had won the show two years in a row because of the votes they had gathered.
“Nigeria has won the show two years in a row because of their popularity across Africa. It is like turning a coin, you may get two heads continuously,” said Khumalo.
He further dismissed accusations made by the public last year that they had rigged the show in favour of Nigeria’s representative Nwachukwu, robbing Zimbabwe’s Munya Chidzonga in the process.
“It is not true that we rigged the show in favour of Nigeria. All results are audited by Endemol and we do not interfere with the results,” said Khumalo.
He added that Nigerians were the largest DStv subscribers and that it was an advantage to that country as their countrymen usually gathered more votes in terms of country voter percentages.
When Nwachukwu won the competition, the organisers of the event were labelled as unfair after people thought they had favoured Nigeria. Chidzonga could not come to terms with the fact that he had lost and felt that he had been robbed.