The GLO sponsored X Factor, reputed as the biggest music reality show has stormed Kumasi, Ghana today in continuation of the auditioning exercise. Youths from Kumasi region and environ are expected to take advantage of the exercise, which also holds tomorrow to contest for a position in the highly competitive show that promises winners a whopping life changing N24 million prize money and a recording contract. The team of judges would move on to Accra next weekend, May 11 and 12 for the final leg of Ghana audition.
The Ghana edition is coming on the heels of a successful outing in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, which saw the emergence of 17 year old twins from Owerri, Imo State capital, Clinton and Blair Roberts, among 21 other contestants advancing to the next level.
The duo called the DNA Twins were joined in the last stage by 57-year-old Ben Collins Nwachukwu from Kaduna who was the centre of attraction as the oldest person in the crowd of singing enthusiasts at the Sheraton Hotel venue of the second audition. The contestants were made up of mainly teenagers and those in their twenties.
Collins said that there was no age barrier to talent and that it had been his dream to be in a big reality show. “X Factor is not for the youth alone. It is for those who are talented and here I am. I wish to also bring my skills to lime light,” he said.
“For us, X-Factor is the ultimate show and we have been looking forward all our lives to participating in the programme. This is the dream we have been waiting for. Just participating in the audition is deeply fulfilling, but we also want to go ahead and win,” the DNA Twins said. They praised Globacom for bringing opportunities of stardom to youths.
Another attraction was AdesiyanOlakitan who impressed the crew with his rendition of the National Anthem. Olakitan, a civil servant in Abuja, said she was hoping that X Factor would be the springboard that would bring her to prominence as a musician. “This is the first time I have performed in public,” she revealed.
Chibuzor Christopher, a ten-year-old boy who came with his father, Christopher Chris, also created a stir at the LadiKwali Hall venue of the audition. D Omalicha’s, Becky Inyang and Josephine Onyejebose, students of the Federal Polytechnic Auchi returned on Sunday in their identical blue costume. But this time, with the X-Factor badge emblazoned on their chest. The DNA Twins and D Omalicha’s who had received an express advance over the audition on Saturday, returned for the final Abuja selection on Sunday.
Prior to the Abuja audition, the judges who would anchor the musical reality event, Nigeria’s musical legend, OnyekaOnwenu, Africa’s number 1 rapper, MI, and father of highlife, Reggie Rockstone of Ghana, were unveiled at a ceremony in Lagos, recently.
The judges expressed excitement at being part of the history Glo is making in Africa with the singing talent reality TV show.
Onyeka, popularly called the Elegant Stallion, said, ‘I am greatly excited to be part of this great show and I will definitely have fun while the competition lasts. I promise to be fair in my judgement, add humour to the game, be a good ambassador of Glo and display the greatest form of integrity, which Globacom is known for”.
M.I commended Glo for making history as the first company to bring the show to Africa. “I am very happy about this. It is going to be the biggest ever reality show in Africa and that’s the truth. It’s more than just about Nigeria or West Africa. It’s about the whole of Africa. I’d be glad if another great artiste comes out from this pack to upstage people like us, but such a person has a lot of work to do because he needs the X Factor to get to the top of the pack.”
Also speaking on his selection, Rockstone said he was excited because X Factor is designed to find new talents. “I am optimistic because there are a lot of talents here in West Africa. I have seen them and I am delighted I am one of the judges. The $150,000 prize money for me is very enticing and the opportunity to have new talents stimulated my interest in the show. I can only be scared about new comers, and the part I love is that I’ll double as judge and coach. That is awesome,” he stressed.
Beat FM’s ToluOniru popularly called Toolz, who was unveiled as the presenter of X Factor, was equally full of excitement: “It’s the biggest ever reality show that Nigeria and Africa have ever seen. N24 million isn’t a child’s play; no other musical show has beaten that. And you know this year marks the 10th anniversary of Globacom and this programme, I believe, is part of the company’s modest way of thanking its numerous subscribers”.
It will be recalled that hundreds of aspiring singers took part in Abuja and Port Harcourt editions. After the two weekends editions in Kumasi and Accra, Ghana, which started today, the team would return to Lagos for the final leg of the auditioning exercise to be held on May 25 and 26. The final audition will bring together all the contestants that made it in Port Harcourt, Abuja, Kumasi, Accra and Lagos preliminaries.
The winner of the show will get $150,000 and a recording contract with the internationally acclaimed Sony Music for the recording of an album and professional management of the winning individual or group. X Factor is designed to find new singing talents, and offers a platform for aspiring singers of all ages, sex and style as well as solo acts and groups to pursue their ambition. The musical reality show, according to the organisers, promises to be one of the most watched TV programmes ever.