Many contestants fail to impress on Sunbird Search for A Star

Sunbird Search for A Star officially took off on Saturday night with most of the selected contestants putting up a below average performance, thwarting the audience’s expectations.

It was a night full of dashed hopes for the majority of the 24 contestants who failed to live up to the harsh realities of live stage performance with one of them, Thoko Luwe opted to walk out of stage after tension over-powered her confidence just seconds on cue.

Another contestant, Tayamika Mwanyama had a worse moments of her life when she was told by one of the judges, Marvin Hanke, she has no place in music and should better find something else to waste her time on, as her show-case grouped her amongst the night’s worse performers.

In deep scrutiny, most of the constants seemed to have been over-powered by fear of facing big audience, despite some being inaudible, rigid and were out of tune with most of the songs proved too big for their capabilities.

Sithembi: Through
Sithembi Banda: Outstanding

It is doubtful if most of them will make it beyond second round set for 19th October in Lilongwe with the judges evidently frustrated on how they could fail to put into action knowledge attained throughout a week-long intensive training.

The judges’ frustration was evident in some instances when they refused to pass judgment on some of the performances.

However, there were a few of them who ably brushed off the tension and put up impressive performance that obviously put them in contention for the top-three spot.

Outstanding of all was Jayne Banda, Chisomo Chichi Nteteka, Ruth Magoma and Sithembile Banda who showed potential to compete.

It was a tough race though for male contestants but Stanley Matewere, Gift Vole and Brian Kucholowa managed to hit the average.

In an interview at the show-case, Project Chairman, Felix Njawala confessed some of the contestants were below average.

“You could tell even by judges comments that most of the contestants failed to live up to expectations and demonstrate what they learnt during training. But the show itself was awesome, nice sound and impressive turnout,” Njawala said.

Njawala hailed the coming in of Sunbird to sponsor the event, saying it has helped to improve on the quality of the contest.

One of the judges, Dumisani Mfune was dismayed by how some of the contestants betrayed themselves on stage.

“It was same things we talked against during training and they ended up doing during the performance. I should say, though, a few of them demonstrated ability to implement what was imparted during training, and I hope they will put up nice performances as we go along,” said Mfune.

The contest will be beamed on MBCtv and Times television and people can vote for their favorite contestant by sending SMS to 50505.

First eviction is on 19th October where eight contestants will be booted out of the show.

Saturday’s event was curtain-raised by Patience Namadingo who mesmerized the audience with his super singing voice.

The competition, formally named E-Wallet and has been adopted by Sunbird Tourism who are providing all the logistics, accommodation, foods and the prize money with this year’s winner expected to pocket K500,000 as a grand prize with a second and third runners up getting K300,000 and K200,000 respectively.

The competition has been devised to find new singing talent-unlike last year where some dancers were incorporated.

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