The inaugural auditions for this year’s rebranded E- wallet musical talent competition, which took place in Mzuzu on Sunday, attracted 86 contestants who came out to try their luck, organisers have said.
Felix Njawala, organising chairman of the competition, formerly known as Pop Music Idols, told Nyasa Times that they were impressed with the turnout because it showed how interested young Malawians were in the competition.
“The talent was massive and this year big things will happen,” said Njawala in an interview as he further disclosed that out of the 86, only five were shortlisted to represent Mzuzu at the national auditions.
“We have two boys, two girls and a group of dancers aged 18 and above. Of course there’s one who is underage and we will have to seek consent from parents before the national auditions,” said Njawala, who is also an MP for Blantyre Kabula Constituency.
Meanwhile, from the northern city of Mzuzu, the search will go to the capital city, Lilongwe, at Capital Hotel on Sunday, 12 August, from 9am.
“From Lilongwe we are heading to Blantyre on the 19th and those interested must get prepared. What we have realised, Malawi has grown in terms of art and the par is high.
“We even expect more than what we had in Mzuzu in the next auditions,” Njawala said.
According to the organisers, Swift Marketing, 25 will be selected from the three cities to compete at national level and the show is expected to run for a period of four months from 26 August.
The grand finale is slated to take place in December and the winner will go home with K500,000 as the Top Prize. There will also be other prizes which will be announced during the launch of the final show.