E-Wallet organisers considering venue change for Blantyre shows

Following the overwhelming turnout of fans to the first eviction show of the E-wallet Talent show on Friday night, the organizers of the show said that they will look into the possibility of shifting to another venue.

Swift Media and Marketing Chairman, Felix Njawala said he felt bad that some fans were denied entry because the venue, Mount Soche’s Njamba room was full with no space left for more patrons.

“Tonight’s turnout has given us something to think about in terms of the venue. It wasn’t good that some had to be sent back because the hall was full and there was no space.

He added, “We will look at the possibility of having another venue which is spacious and also accessible as that is another important factor to consider.”

The youngest contestant, 13-year-old Tawonga was one of the performers who wowed the audience

Sunbird Hotels Limited partnered Swift Media to be providing venues for the events in all the regions such that Mzuzu auditions were held at Mzuzu Hotel and Lilongwe auditions and the launch was at Capital Hotel.

E-wallet Project Coordinator, Anthony Kafuwa told Mana on Thursday that they hoped to get an overwhelming response in Blantyre just like it was in Lilongwe.

Njawala also added that one of the strategies to consider was to promote pre-selling of tickets as it would give a picture of the turnout expected.

During the show, 10 contestants were booted out leaving 14 contestants after one contestant was disqualified for drinking and another withdrew from the competition.

Highlighting the night was a beat box performance by Asante Ndalama and a marvellous singing by 13 year old Taonga.

The patrons were also treated to some entertainment by self acclaimed Mr Jokes who gave the patrons laughter.

Director of Ceremony, Chrissie Kanjira nearly put the show in disrepute when she mistakenly announced that the Elements Dance Crew had been evicted only to correct the announcement a moment later. The fans were not amused that it took the intervention of Chairman Njawala to offer an explanation.

Njawala, who is the Member of Parliament for Blantyre Kabula also sponsors a gospel music competition in Blantyre Kabula Constituency, said it was a typing error that the MC did not recognize their presence.

The show was graced by notable faces like Minister of Information, Moses Kumkuyu, Peoples Party Deputy Publicity Secretary, Ken Msonda, and musician Davis Njobvu.

The show was previously known as Pop Idols but was rebranded to E-Wallet Talent Show.

The 2012 E-Wallet Talent Music Show is expected to wind up at the end of December and the ultimate prize money will come from a Zimbabwean Company, Revive Beverages, which is expected to launch their juice in Malawi soon, according to media reports. Other sponsors are The Weekend Times, National Bus Company and Malawi Broadcasting Corporation.

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