Idols SA season 17 finally came to an end, leaving fans longing for the next season. But it was joy all around as the whole country came together to congratulate Berenike 'Berry' Trytsman on her magnificent win, with everyone agreeing that she deserved the win and more.
Read more: Berry Crowned Idols SA Season 17 Winner
But you know who probably wasn’t too pleased that Berry won? The Voice of Africa, Kelly Khumalo. On a previous episode of the show, Kelly was a guest judge and she had very harsh comments for Berry, which many viewers took as unnecessarily mean criticism. They called Kelly jealous and were livid at her for trashing their favourite like that.
Read more: Kelly Khumalo Leaves IdolsSA Viewers Angry
Now that Berry has officially won the contest, tweeps could not wait to dig up their past grievances against Kelly Khumalo. They immediately took to Twitter to drag her for her inconsiderate comments, and to remind her that her negativity towards Berry did not matter in the end. Talent is what counts, and Berry’s shine could not be dimmed by Kelly.
“I remember Kelly Khumalo saying something about Berry needing a vocal coach wara wara… Utsin makunje” one remarked.
The fact that Kelly hasn’t come out to publicly congratulate Berry on her win, seems to be fueling the flames of hate that Berry fans are throwing at her. Although we can imagine that the hate would continue even if she did, because that would be a sign that Berry had made her rethink her judgement.
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It’s fair that Berry fans are still holding onto the hurt. The blossoming singer would have been understandably hurt by the response Kelly gave her. I mean, could you imagine singing before The Vocal Highness, giving it all you’ve got, then having her rip you to shreds? I know I would be distraught.
But it’s highly unlikely that Kelly will give the viewers the satisfaction of responding to their shade. She has been staying busy, and is deep inside her bag. She just recently announced her new partnership with Take A Lot, the largest online retail store in South Africa.
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She also just completed her lavish birthday tour, which went on for close to a month, to celebrate her turning 37. The tour included a bunch of performances, which she shared widely on her social media platforms, warming tweeps’ hearts as we watched her fans sing to her as she nearly wept from joy.
Whether she comes out to respond or not, it is clear that Berry has proved Kelly wrong. It is terrible to be the one who casts doubt on the talent of a budding act, and then to be proved so terribly wrong by their public success. We hope the two can bury everything, and maybe even work together down the line.