As things between Gareth Cliff and M-Net continue to sour, more and more details are emerging about just what goes on behind the scenes with a show like Idols.
We know, for example, that Cliff nets R356 160 to judge 10 sessions of the show. Perhaps not the massive pay day many would have suspected, but as it turns out there are a number of perks that come with the job. Here’s TimesLive with the details:
1) Your ride is sorted
Firstly, the producers SIC Entertainment, will do all your travel arrangements to and from the airport as well as to and from recordings for the programme, as well as any other appearances that you are required to do for the show.
If you feel like you are not getting along with the provided driver, using your own transport is also welcome; just remember to keep those receipts.
2) Your bed is ready
Trouble with sleeping arrangements? No need to worry. Accommodation “on a bed and breakfast basis” will be provided to ensure you make no appearance with an empty stomach.
3) Business class all the way
Tired of economy class flights? Being an Idols judge will have you upgraded to business class in no time.
4) Daily allowance
Should you be in need of an extra lunch or maybe even just have an urge to buy a DVD or CD at your non-local Musica, then the R100 per day out of town allowance might just help you with that.
Sheesh a whole R100 a day for out of town allowance? Thanks M-Net you shouldn’t have, that will come in handy when I need to dish out some money to thank the car guards for being eagle-eyed.
Seriously though this is 2016, R100 barely covers a round of coffee for the judges. Sorry Randall you’re missing out, but you’re so young and edgy you probably don’t even drink coffee any more. Anyway on with the show, which does ask that you remember certain facts…
5) You’re not an employee
It should be noted extreme caution needs to be taken when updating your CV by adding “Employed by M-Net as a judge on Idols” as you won’t be regarded as an employee of M-Net or SIC entertainment.
“…the Judge is an independent contractor and not an employee of the Producer or the Broadcaster,” the agreement stipulates.
6) No keeping mementos
If the companies decide that you will no longer be a judge, then prepare to “deliver to the Producer all manuscripts, drafts, photographs, books, plans, drawings, accounts, papers, equipment and documents of whatever nature” in your possession that might be related in any way to the business or programme.
7) Your monthly salary
If you do get selected to serve as a judge for Idols you get to pocket some extra spending money – R35 616 per month over a period of 10 months to be exact.
8) Bye, Felicia
You will, however, not be allowed to make disparaging or derogatory comments regarding the broadcaster or any other parties related to Idols SA.
Just think guys, if you invest that R100 wisely in a few years you might have a whole pound.
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