Second auditions of the Unima Got Talent television show, sponsored by mobile services operator Airtel Malawi, were held at Chancellor College (Chanco) in Zomba last Saturday.
This followed the inaugural audition weekend on June 11 at the Polytechnic in Blantyre, where five students qualified for the preliminary round of the contest involving six colleges from the southern region.
According to information from the Chanco production team, 26 aspirants auditioned but only 10 were selected to the next phase where they will have to be voted by fellow college students to make it into the top five.
The best five contenders will face competition from Polytechnic, College of Medicine (COM), Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), Catholic University (CU) and Blantyre International University (BIU).
The search panel, led by Chanco lecturer Limbikani Kamlongera, as well as radio personalities Kenny Klips and Jean Chalungama, is this weekend expected to be at COM in Blantyre and MUST in Thyolo.
Airtel Malawi has pumped in K3.5 million into the talent show that has competitors ranging from singers, rappers, dancers, poets and magicians.
Although it is called Unima Got Talent, the competition which will be airing on private broadcaster Times TV, has also attracted colleges outside the University of Malawi, which areMUST, BIU and CU.
Airtel Malawi is one company which is taking a leading role in bankrolling talent shows in the country as it is also attached to the dancing competition Ka Jive and the pan African singing contest Airtel TRACE Music Star.