Competition is becoming stiff as the Dreams to Fame arts contest heads to the final countdown.
Contestants in the Amakhosi Theatre-run competition will be vying for the top position.
In the show, members of the audience vote for the best performer.
Only 39 contestants are left in categories that include dance, modelling and singing.
Amakhosi director Cont Mhlanga told NewsDay that the elimination begins this Saturday, leading up to the final next weekend.
“Members of the audience will vote this Saturday and then we will bring in professional judges for the final competition next week,” he said. “Only 16 contestants should remain by the coming week.”
Mhlanga however said this year there were no contestants in stand-up comedy as well as performance poetry.
“There is a grey area there. Something needs to be done to address that because it looks like it is difficult to find young people with a passion for comedy and poetry,” he said.
Mhlanga said the competition would be held in the afternoon, leading to a performance by established musicians in the evening.
“We bring in professional performers so that they inspire upcoming musicians. They are also the future audience of local content,” he said.