Sasha-Lee Davids born in Atlantis, Western Cape, South Africa is a singer and the 2009 co-winner of season 5 of the Idols (South Africa) alongside Jason Hartman. Originally Davids was declared the winner. But after it was revealed that a malfunction had occurred with the text lines in the finals, it was decided that even though Jason was the official winner of Idols, the title would be shared between him and the "runner up according to public votes" Sasha-Lee Davids.
Sasha-Lee comes from Atlantis in the Western Cape. She is one of 10 children, and her father is a pastor.
Sasha-Lee Davids was originally declared the sole winner after singing the winner's song "True Believer". But apparently there had been a mix-up with late votes arriving after the cutoff time on the night of the finale. The SMS messages had been sent before the cutoff time but were only received after the deadline. M-Net made the public aware of the matter within a day and assured everyone that a recount of the votes would be done as soon as possible.
The re-count showed that Jason Hartman, the then runner-up was actually the winner, with 1.3 million votes, or 54% of the total. Sasha-Lee had come second, with 1.1 million votes, or 46% only. M-Net decided however that "200,000 votes are not significant enough, and the results so close, the only fair thing to do under the circumstances is to declare a tie". Thus giving Jason and Sasha-Lee Davids the same prizes. This was a first, world-wide, in the Idols competition and created extensive media coverage at the time.
- 2009: Sasha-Lee
- 2009: "True Believer"
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