Channel Ten denies affiliation with Hillsong Church

The Advertiser, New Zealand/October 5, 2007

Channel Ten has denied any affiliation with the pentecostal Hillsong Church following allegations the church has been vote-stacking talent show Australian Idol. Of the eight remaining contestants, Matt Corby, Tarasai Bushe, Daniel Mifsud and Ben Mackenzie have been revealed as Hillsong members by a Channel Seven program.

A Ten spokesperson said the large quota of Hillsong finalists was a coincidence.

Hillsong responded to the allegations: "No Australian Idol contestant has received any mention at Hillsong Church this year, but we wish them all well."

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