One of Idols judges, Gareth Cliff, is celebrating his 39th birthday today.
Cliff has been a judge on the television show Idols since 2003.
In 2009 he hosted his own talk show on M-Net called The Gareth Cliff Show, which ended after one season.
Cliff, who joined Idols in Season 2, is one of South Africa’s most followed celebrities on Twitter. Having studied Law, International Relations, Politics and History, Gareth is known for sharing challenging, bold and entertaining opinions with his listeners and social media friends.
He has won several awards including People’s Choice Crystal Award for Favourite Radio Personality; Kids Favourite TV Presenter and Favourite Radio Presenter; has regularly been one of the top South Africans in the HEAT Top 100; as well as regular winner and finalist in the YOU awards.
Cliff was found in contravention of the code protecting religious freedom by the Broadcasting Complaints Commission of South Africa (BCCSA) in respect of an interview he conducted with Jesus on his show on Wednesday 10th March 2004.
No sanction was imposed on Cliff or 5fm as it was deemed that the station had taken appropriate action by suspending Cliff for two days and that Cliff had apologized on air.
2011 saw Gareth pen down his sometimes controversial opinions in his book Gareth Cliff on Everything.
In 2013 Gareth had a cameo role in Phineas and Ferb, the number one rated show on Disney XD and the top animated series on Disney Channel.
In 2014 Gareth and his entire team were axed from 5FM, leading him to create a live streaming website for his own radio show, which in turn was filmed every morning for a reality show called The Gareth Cliff Show Live on Comedy Central.
Gareth is also a Director and partner of One on One Productions, which offers presentation training and develops radio ideas.