What a show. M-Net's live broadcast of the ninth season finale of Idols was proof that South Africa can produce a great live show when it wants to.
From the impressive stage, the lighting, the pyrotechnics; the dancers, the performers, the host and the Idols contestants; it was an amazing show that not only entertained us, but showed the level and standard we can get on our local TV screens.
We rarely ever see a live show so well produced like the Idols finale and every year it gets better. Now it begs the question of why we can't do the same with our other live reality show finales and awards ceremonies.
The recent finale of So You Think You Dance was rather disappointing. There just wasn't anything that stood out, including the dancing, which is strange as this season had some talented dancers.
The SABC Crown Gospel Awards and the SA Sports Awards were also rather meh, compared to what the Idols finale served the TV viewers at home and the audience at the Moreleta Park NG Kerk.
The only time we get great production on a live performance is when DVDs are being recorded. Joyous Celebration, Lira and The Parlotones have beautiful live DVDs, which high class production.
It now begs the question- should the upcoming awards ceremonies, like the Royalty Soapie Awards, Metro FM Music Awards, South African Film and Television Awards, start making use of the same production team behind Idols? Yes, of course there are budget issues here and there, but surely it's better having people praise your live broadcast for it's great production, rather than the sloppy live TV we've become accustomed to?
Kudo's to M-Net, Idols and the production team. It was a beautiful show and we are sure that most of the people who were watching will agree with us.