The rebranded E-Wallet Talent Show is expected to go public next week Wednesday and will be showing on state broadcaster MBC TV, organisers SWIFT Marketing have confirmed.
This was disclosed Sunday at the end of final auditions which took place at Mount Soche hotel in Blantyre where 26 contestants qualified for the national championship to be formally unveiled on 29th September, not 1st September as earlier reported.
“Before the show is officially launched, we want to give the general public an opportunity to watch what’s been happening behind the scenes, during auditions in Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre,” disclosed organising chairperson Felix Njawala.
He however said showing time will be communicated to the general public soon as they were still in the process of scheduling programming with the national broadcaster.
During the regional talent search, conducted in the country’s three cities, 55 contestants were shortlisted to compete for the Top 25, but the national auditions on Sunday saw an extra contestant among the finalists.
Among the lucky qualifiers, fifteen are from Blantyre, eight from Lilongwe and three from Mzuzu. There are fourteen boys and twelve girls, including seventeen singers, six rappers, two boy dance groups and one female dancer.
Explaining why they had to select 26 finalists instead of the initial figure, Njawala said because of the format used to determine the best 25, the judges – Marvin Hanke, Angela Mizinga aka Tigris and Tailosi Bakili aka Tai-B were caught in an “exceptional” situation.
“They [contestants] were coming in groups of four where we had to select the best two or three but at times, looking at the quality, the judges had no choice but to take the whole group.
“We got to a point where we had 22 contenders through, remaining with four and all of them were perfect, the judges made a decision to the entire group in and to be fair to the extra contestant we had to create an extra slot,” he said.
Nevertheless, according to him, during the first eviction show on 6th October, eleven contestants, instead of ten will be evicted, to remain with fifteen who will fight for the ultimate prize, which, as Nyasa Times understands, is not the reported K500,000.
On the other hand, the organisers have disclosed that there will be a twist where the general public will be given a chance to choose one contestant from the 35 who were dropped at the national auditions.
“People have to follow the show with keen interest once it starts showing on TV because before the launch, the public will be asked to vote into the show one best contestant among those that have been dropped,” said Njawala.
“The voting process will be announced and this is one of the very exciting moments that we have in store.”
After the launch in the capital city where all the contestants that have qualified will perform, the eviction shows are expected to be rotating between the two major cities of Lilongwe and Blantyre, until the grand finale which is scheduled to take place on 29th December.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :