A total of 10 finalists have secured their spots while four lucky acts will be picked on wild cards, to join the list of individuals and groups set for the Dream Star talent show grand finale showdown on October 13, organisers have said.
By Kennedy Nyavaya
This follows semi-finals, which were held last weekend where Jibilika dance crew, The Chozen, Vein, Bad Boys crew (all from Harare), DMG dance crew from Bulawayo and Chipo Band from Masvingo were among creatives who made the cut.
In an interview with The Standard Style, event spokesperson Tinashe Kitchen said judging from the finalists’ capabilities, the nation should brace for an amazing talent showcase and improved event this summer.
“This year we added Great Zimbabwe University during our auditions and the turnout that we got was great as has been the case with other cities and varsities. Now we are left with a total of 10 finalists and about four to five others will be added on wild cards, so basically the show has gone a gear up,” said Kitchen.
Established by Jacaranda Culture and Media Corporation (JCMC) in 2015, this year marks the fourth edition of what Kitchen described as a platform for talent enhancement.
“This year’s showcase will be a gear up because this country has a huge talent base and all that is needed is to take it to the next level, which is why Dream Star is here,” he said.
Before the final night to be hosted at the Harare International Conference Centre, the chosen finalists will be join a two-week camp at the end of next month where they will hone their stage skills with the help of musicians Cindy Munyavi and Leonard Mapfumo, among others to be announced.
The ultimate winner of the competition will pocket $3 000, while the first and second runner-up will pocket $1 500 and $750 respectively. This is in addition to recording deals with JCMC studios, for musicians, and an opportunity to travel to China among other prizes.
Open to local talent aged between 12 and 40, the event is an entertainment platform which seeks to empower those in the arts and culture helping them rise in a cut-throat industry.