ORGANISERS of the DreamStar Zimbabwe Talent Show have released the names of the 16 finalists who will battle for honours at this year’s edition of the final’s competition on October 31 at 7 Arts Theatre in Avondale.
BY ARTS REPORTER
Conceived by the Chinese Federation of Zimbabwe (CFZ) in partnership with ZLG, the talent show is designed to unearth raw talent at the grassroots level.
Dream Star Zimbabwe spokesperson Rumbidzai Matinanga said all is set for the potentially explosive event to be held under the theme Dream Higher, Fight Harder.
“The preparations for the grand finale are at an advanced stage with the 16 finalists having been notified and they are continuing to perfect their skills ahead of the final day,” Matinanga said.
“This year’s competition was stiff. We conducted auditions throughout the country’s 10 provinces with the lucky ones making it into the finals.”
The winner will pocket $5 000 while the first and second runners-up will get $3 000 and $1 000 respectively and the top 10 finalists will receive $500 each.
Matinanga said the finalists would go into a boot camp two days before the grand finale.
Dance group M’n’M Dance Factory, Chinhoyi-based singer Maxwell Chiungwe, Dzivarasekwa dance group Real Flex, rapper David “Flexxo” Mutanda) from Mutare, Mabvuku acapella outfit Soul Finders, RnB singer Rutendo Mangwenzi, Sesfikile Dance Crew, Teysean, Rhythm Kings, The Southern Djembenatives, Mncedisi Believe MJ Ncube from Bulawayo, Soul Feeling Music Snipers Crew from Bulawayo, Nyasha “Soul Child” David and Gracious Maworera make up the finalists.
The grand finale show promises to be a thriller with artistes including Trevor Dongo, Extra Large, Madiz, XQ and Ketannagar billed to make guest appearances.