Idols’ Freddie in bar-room brawl

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Wild-haired Idols contestant Freddie van’Dango reportedly had his jaw broken in a fight with a “cage fighter”. The incident took place in the early hours of Saturday morning in Greenside.

Though M-Net spokesperson Lani Lombard denied that Van’Dango’s jaw was broken, saying that the popular singer was only injured, there are serious doubts as to whether Van’Dango will be able to attend tonight’s Idols results show.

According to Lombard, M-Net is “taking their cues from the doctor to see whether Freddie will be able to attend the Idols results show. The doctor has already confirmed that Freddie should be fit to sing in the next round”.

Van’Dango and his fellow top eight contestants were allowed a night on the town, without any security, on Friday after a flu bug hit the Idols house in Northcliff.

According to timeslive.co.za, witnesses say Van’Dango and a friend became involved in an argument with a DJ at a Greenside bar over the music he was playing.

“He and one of his friends went and had words with the DJ. They [Van'Dango and his friend] started screaming and shouting,” claims the eyewitness.

At that point, another man, believed to be a “cage fighter” apparently intervened. A fight broke out, and everyone involved was asked to leave, but the altercation continued in the street, leaving Van’Dango badly hurt.

“Freddie and his friends picked a fight with the wrong people,” said another person at the scene, who did not want to be named.

Van’Dango spent the night in hospital, and is now recovering at his parents’ home.

On Facebook yesterday, his father reported that Van'Dango was “brutally attacked in Greenside early on Saturday morning”.

“We are committed that Freddie continue his Idols dream and not be a victim!” he added.


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Anonymous, wrote

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07:14pm on 28 August 2011
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Freddy is pathetic man, maybe he was homeless hey! i mean those pants surely belongs to his very much younger brother

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KarenB, wrote

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10:15pm on 25 August 2011
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Ermm, journoulists should check their facts! He has a broken cheek bone. I wonder how many more "mistakes" this story contains??I wasn't there so I can't tell. So the dude has a big mouth when he's had a few. So what? Violence is NEVER acceptable and the fact that Freddie didn't retaliate and never used physical violence earns him some major kudos with me. Besides I'm more interested in his singing, which I happen to enjoy a lot, than his party habits.

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Anonymous, wrote

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02:26pm on 25 August 2011
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I also don't like him but is it realy necssary to say he is trash. Judging a person doesn't define who they are....it defines who you are

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MV, wrote

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11:24am on 24 August 2011
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Not a smart think for Freddie to get involved with, I am commenting on the brawl and not his singing capability which is not in question here... The Brawl was not cool at all which includes BOTH Freddie and the Cage Fighter. They are both to blame. Both could not control themself and continued outside... Does not matter who said what or what ever else was said.. Bottom line BOTH used their fists.. and neither one should be looked at as any hero... Any form of violence is not acceptable...

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David, wrote

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08:58pm on 23 August 2011
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If ppl are going to go out in public especially when they are in the public eye every sunday then they should behave like adults and not kids..how can one be so supposedly humble on stage and then be in an altercation and be beaten up the next its pathetic...

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Dione Noortman, wrote

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07:54pm on 23 August 2011
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I am sure Freddie and Dave can sing better than anyone that has made a rude comment on this page.. If you dont like the stupid show as you claimed than please watch something else. Freddie is now ano Idol and yes ofcourse south África would know he was in a fight,this happends with young guys, saying that he does need to be carefull now as he is a public figure but come on, i am sure his will be the worst thing we read about him and only many good things to follow, give the guy a brake, this is my first comment on any webpage ever and for those of you that have nothing better to do with your time than write bad stuff about people, get something else to do with your time and stop waisting it on things that you are not even keen on.. Get a life!!!

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Anonymous, wrote

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04:18pm on 23 August 2011
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if sunday is a live performance, how did he manage to look o.k for the show?????

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01:32pm on 23 August 2011
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Proof that if you dress like a girl you shouldn't pick a fight. This ego maniac cannot sing and I personally believe he is in this competition by Mnet to be the eccentric child who causes controversy. Who really cares who wins SA Idols, we'll only hear one of their songs before they disappear.

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Alan, wrote

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01:08pm on 23 August 2011
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Why would he have been homeless when he has 2 brothers (who look as freaked as he does) listed on his FB Page. Reminds me of the other two little boys from Cape Town who claimed the cops had beaten them, went wild on Twitter, daddy was taking them to the police station because the cops had invited them to come and lay a charge, and all of a sudden, their newly released song was on the charts and at number 1 in SA (Top40) for a couple of weeks. No further word though about their being dondered by the SAPS. Maybe ole Freddie here decided to follow the same route. His followers on FB think he's the best thing ever.

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12:46pm on 23 August 2011
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he needs to go rehab. he cannot sing. Dave cannot sing. the competition shld be between Mark and Crushanda. Those 2 can really sing.

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:47am on 23 August 2011
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couldnt agree with you more @whipped and @Jobbie

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colinA, wrote

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11:45am on 23 August 2011
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ok all those who dissed me. i copied and pasted what was written.but its been corrected now. i see its a flu bug

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Anonymous, wrote

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11:42am on 23 August 2011
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if these where the black idols hmm i wonder how these comments would go ..think we should blame govt to for this !!!

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Jobbie, wrote

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11:33am on 23 August 2011
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I agree with the comments that this dude and dave can't sing. They are not idol material, they look like drug addicts. We should stop voting for these guys. Big up to the dude (cage fighter) that showed Freddy that he is not all that, I think Freddy should follow his own song choice of Sunday and go to "REHAB'

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Dr Phil, wrote

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11:07am on 23 August 2011
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Mr_B. don't make assumptions about people you don't know. I can vouch for Dave. He not only comes from the right side of the tracks but is on track to be SA's greatest Idol ever. He certainly would not lower his standards to be caught up in incedents like this.

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11:07am on 23 August 2011
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Mr_B, you are so right, Dave has awsome vocals. as for him looking like trouble, dont agree with u there, but each to their own. He is actually a really humble, down to earth family guy. Dave is in a class of his own. he is clean cut, respectable and can sing, Freddie has a crows nest, picks a fight at a bar, and wants to be an Idol. One word - Morals. Anyway wasn't Freddie homeless and at one stage and had no parents??? Just makes one think......

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10:56am on 23 August 2011
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And they say Mark is not interested enough, what a laugh . Freddie should be asked to leave this competition, we do not need an Idol that behaves like this

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Greg, wrote

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10:54am on 23 August 2011
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Many extremely gifted individuals are extremely challenged and more so when they have been traumatized at a young age. My advise as a parent is unconditional tough love support and to Freddie is with help from above stay away from situations that are not good for you and forgive yourself because you are a caring and special person.

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acroatic, wrote

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10:53am on 23 August 2011
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Its that hair I tell you.. If I saw him in real life.. I would think he is a Lion.. And would defend myself

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Anonymous, wrote

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10:45am on 23 August 2011
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Like all you peeps have never made a mistake before, and all the judging of This dude. Does any of the negative peeps even know Freddie or what really happened. Shameful...

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