The finals of Malawi’s version of the Pop Music Idols, E-Wallet Talent Show, will be taking place on the night of January 26 and not January 31 as earlier communicated, Nyasa Times understands.
Confirming the development, E-Wallet producers have also disclosed that the grand finale has been shifted to Blantyre from Lilongwe.
Initially, the ultimate show was to take place at the Bingu International Conference Centre in the capital, but “due to public demand” it will be hosted at Mount Soche Hotel in the commercial city.
“Having launched the show in Lilongwe, many people have proposed Blantyre as the venue for the finals,” said E-Wallet chairperson Felix Njawala.
On the date changes, he added: “31st [January] is a Thursday and we thought it would inconvenience the contestants and the audience.”
There are three finalists, namely Wakhumbachi Kalua (EW 19), Tawonga Kanthungo (EW 6) and Guise Pemba (EW 18), fighting for the grand prize of K0.5 million and a recording deal.
The contestants are expected to record a track each and will be released and performed on the night of the finals.
Nyasa Times understands that Guise is set to record a contemporary Rock song while both Tawonga and Wakhumbachi will record R&B singles.
During the finale, the three are also expected to perform two extra tracks each before the winner, who will be voted by the general public, will be announced.
Currently, an SMS line to vote for the winner is open to Airtel and TNM subscribers. To vote for their favourite contestant, viewers of the show, which is beamed on MBC TV, should send the contestant’s number to 50505.
And to spice up the final event, some of the evicted contestants have been selected to perform. They are Eric Matewere, Tiwonge Soko, The Elements Dance Crew, The Floor Steppers and Goma Nyondo.
Two of the country’s top Afro-Pop musicians, Maskal of Zili ndi iwe and the Part of life singer Dan Lu are also billed to perform.
The road to the E-Wallet finals started on October 6 last year with 26 contestants, among them singers, rappers and dancers drawn from the Southern, Eastern, Central and Northern parts of Malawi.