Last week Today Tonight ran two stories claiming Australian Idol was being hijacked by the Hillsong Church, stating that five of its nine finalists were church members: Matt Corby, Tarisai Vushe, Daniel Mifsud, Ben McKenzie and Mark da Costa.
Yesterday the Sunday Age wrote that “none was a devotee,” a fact that Idol producers told TT before the story aired.
While the religious beliefs of previous contestants including Guy Sebastian and Dean Geyer have been well-documented, this sounds more and more like another current affairs show jumping on the bandwagon of another hit show.
The Chaser, Big Brother, Dancing with the Stars anyone?
For the record, Mark de Costa was voted out last week, with no divine intervention saving his pop dreams.