Vo­da­com Su­per­stars au­di­tions draw crowds

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

AU­DI­TIONS for the fifth in­stall­ment in­stal­ment of the Vo­da­com Su­per­stars tal­ent search elicited big­ger crowds than pre­vi­ous edi­tions.

This was said by Vo­da­com Le­sotho Mar­ket­ing Spe­cial­ist, Seema Tsotetsi, in an in­ter­view with the Weekender this week.

Vo­da­com Su­per­stars is aimed at un­earthing and pro­mot­ing mu­sic tal­ent in the coun­try, and au­di­tions for the com­pe­ti­tion were held in one district per re­gion of the coun­try.

The south­ern re­gion au­di­tions were held in Mo­hale’s Hoek on 25 June 2016, with as­pir­ing Vo­da­com Su­per­stars from the north­ern re­gion con­gre­gat­ing in Hlotse, while for Maseru they were held last Satur­day.

The com­pe­ti­tion is struc­tured into four cat­e­gories; Mu­sic, Dance, Male DJ and Fe­male DJ, with three win­ners to emerge from each of the group­ings.

The top three win­ners in each cat­e­gory will walk away with M70 000, M40 000 and M20 000 re­spec­tively. The first prize win­ner in the mu­sic cat­e­gory will also get a record­ing deal for a sin­gle with South African record la­bel Kalawa Jazzmee, while the first prize win­ner in the dance cat­e­gory will also get a Video Fea­ture with the same la­bel.

For the first prize win­ner in the DJ cat­e­gory, VCL has lined up a Book­ing/per­for­mance Deal at a Kalawa Jazzmee gig.

In last year’s edi­tion, mu­sic cat­e­gory win­ner L- Tore man­aged to record three songs at Kalawa Jazzmee, dance cat­e­gory win­ners Con­verse Heroes fea­tured in a Kalawa Jazmee mu­sic video while DJS Li­nah and Vesta shared the stage with Oskido in his Dur­ban and Jo­han­nes­burg gigs.

Tsotetsi said more peo­ple au­di­tioned for the tal­ent search com­pe­ti­tion com­pared to pre­vi­ous edi­tions.

“The num­ber of peo­ple who came to au­di­tion this year ex­ceeded pre­vi­ous edi­tions,” he said.

“There was also a lot of tal­ent on dis­play in this year’s edi­tion, and con­tes­tants from Maseru dom­i­nated the other two re­gions.”

Tsotetsi said 200 con­tes­tants who man­aged to make the grade in the au­di­tions would now com­pete in the sec­ond phase dubbed “Step Up” on 23 July.

“The ‘Step Up’ part of the com­pe­ti­tion will see 200 con­tes­tants from the three re­gions bat­tle it out once again in front of the judges so they can make it to the top 10 of each cat­e­gory,” he said.

“The 10 fi­nal­ists of the four cat­e­gories will each get an SMS code which peo­ple will use to vote. The elim­i­na­tions will then be based on the num­ber of votes per per­son, and the two con­tes­tants with the low­est votes in each sec­tion will be elim­i­nated and this will hap­pen on a fort­nightly ba­sis un­til we have the top six.”

Tsotetsi added: “From the re­main­ing 24 fi­nal­ists, we will elim­i­nate three in each cat­e­gory un­til we are left with 12 fi­nal­ists who will com­pete for the top prizes in each cat­e­gory on 8 Oc­to­ber 8.”

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WIN­NERS and run­ners-up of last year’s Vo­da­com Su­per­stars

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