Organisers of Loud Africa music talent search show are overwhelmed by the untamed talent that has graced their stages so far as the competition prepares for the next level, one of the judges Zandile “Zazalicious” Ndlovu, has said.
By Kennedy Nyavaya
The initial stages of the singing competition closed last week with adjudicators now finalising the list of gifted people making the next step towards the $30 000 first prize.
Speaking to The Standard Style, Zazalicious said they had so far been impressed by the latent talent displayed by participants during the auditions.
“Our administration team is currently collating the finalists’ information. We are, however, very excited at the incredible levels of talent and originality in terms of own song compositions from the contestants,” she said.
According to Zazalicious, contestants proceeding to the next round will be announced once information from the recently-held Gweru and Bulawayo auditions has been finalised.
“We will be calling those that managed to qualify for the next round soon and they will now face all five judges to secure their spots in the competition,” she said.
Meanwhile, interlude show highlights are currently airing on ZTV every day just before news bulletins.
“This is part of our strategy to get our viewers interested in the show and anticipate its full airing,” said Zazalicious, adding that they had pushed the premiere of the television show to a later date.
“Due to the number of contestants that have come through to compete, we have had to push our initial end of July airing schedule to later. We want to ensure the audiences do not miss any moments from the exciting journey of discovering our contestants.”
The ultimate winner will be chosen through a public vote, but to get to the finals later this year, contestants will have to first impress the judges bench, including Hazvinei “DJ Chilli” Sakarombe, singer Prayersoul, AfricanFire Media co-founder Martin Boka as well as singer and songwriter Victor Stot.
In addition to cash prizes, winners will get a chance to record an album with Pabloz Production, as well as two videos that will be directed by Tee Kay, a world-renowned director who has worked with African stars like Tekno and Mr Eazi.