Race for In­sid­eOut hots up as Byo au­di­tions be­gin

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THE forth­com­ing Inside Out re­al­ity se­ries, sim­i­lar to Big Brother, is not re­served for celebri­ties as or­di­nary peo­ple are wel­come to try their luck dur­ing au­di­tions, one of the show’s pro­duc­ers has said.

San­polous Ma­planka, who is pro­duc­ing the show along­side Chiedza Chite­hwe said the show, which is meant to hit TV screens in Jan­uary, was for or­di­nary peo­ple to be­come fa­mous.

“We’re not look­ing for a par­tic­u­lar tal­ent or a celebrity look-alike, but rather, we’re search­ing for the star inside or­di­nary peo­ple. We know some shows would use celebri­ties to boost view­er­ship, but we feel we have to un­earth the gems yet to be found,” said Ma­planka.

Au­di­tions for the tour mates kick off in Bu­l­awayo to­mor­row at Rainbow Ho­tel up to Satur­day.

“One sim­ply has to be gen­uine, show the judges who they truly are by being truth­ful when an­swer­ing ques­tions. Our se­lec­tion will de­pend mostly on gen­uine­ness, ac­count­abil­ity and ba­sic knowl­edge of tourism in Zim­babwe.”

After the au­di­tions in Bu­l­awayo, Gweru can­di­dates will be au­di­tioned at Fair­mile Ho­tel on Sun­day and Mon­day. On Tues­day the team trav­els to Masvingo for more au­di­tions at Chevron Ho­tel up to Wed­nes­day. From there, they will be in Mutare (African Sun Am­ber Ho­tel) wrap­ping up in Harare at the Rainbow Tow­ers start­ing on Novem­ber 4.

Those in­ter­ested in the au­di­tions will how­ever have to fork out a $5 reg­is­tra­tion fee.

“I urge those in­ter­ested to pre-book through our What­sapp num­ber 0778526628 as they’ll be given first pref­er­ence dur­ing the au­di­tions,” said Ma­planka.

After the au­di­tions, 26 par­tic­i­pants (13 male and 13 fe­male) will be selected to take a road trip view­ing lo­cal tourist sites. All their ac­tiv­i­ties will be filmed.

Just like Big Brother, view­ers will be tasked to save their favourite con­tenders by vot­ing to keep them. After­wards, the win­ners of the three-month se­ries will be awarded with cash prizes worth $40 000.

“There’ll be Drop Out ses­sions where two un­pop­u­lar tour mates (par­tic­i­pants) will be voted out on a weekly ba­sis from six that would have been nom­i­nated. View­ers will vote to keep their favourite tour mate. The tour mates with the least votes will be dropped out of the quest,” said Ma­planka.

“The par­tic­i­pants will be re­quired to live with each other in a No­mads Style tour truck as it trav­els around fa­mous tourist at­trac­tions around Zim­babwe, sleep­ing in tents and camps along the way.

“They’ll be di­vided into groups to per­form cer­tain tasks of which the los­ing group may be re­quired to nom­i­nate within their group the peo­ple to be voted out.

“The win­ning teams or in­di­vid­u­als will be re­warded in var­i­ous forms, for ex­am­ple they may be hosted for a day by a five star ho­tel and given full pam­per­ing while their los­ing peers are left wal­low­ing in the camp­site. They may also be im­mune to nom­i­na­tions for evic­tions.

“The par­tic­i­pants will be given re­wards for the well per­formed tasks and pun­ish­ment for fail­ing tasks that in­clude ball games, ropes games, tra­di­tional games such as ig­wini, in­qobe, umacat­she­lana, de­bates and sur­vival tasks.”

Arthur C Evans

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