Musicians Rina, Theo Thomson and Patience Namadingo are the judges for the Airtel Trace Music Star Top 10 show to be held at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre this Sunday.
The three judges were unveiled on Sunday during a wrap up show at Mibawa in Blantyre which was spiced up by karaoke.
With so many people raring to participate in Season II of the competition, Airtel Malawi and Trace decided to extend the entry period from March 27, 2016 to April 17, 2016.
The entry period thus ended on Sunday at midnight and now comes the Top 10 show which will be produced by Times Television which also produced Season I.
The Top 10 will see the three judges selecting the best five and then the top winner during the national final to be held in Lilongwe on May 6, 2016, who will represent the country during the Pan African contest to be held in Nigeria.
Trace Country Manager (Malawi) Annie Chisala said they were happy to unveil the judges for the Top 10 who were chosen purely based on their background in music.
She also said that they decided to hold a rap show with a night of karaoke just to end in style with the closure of the entry period.
“It has been exciting throughout, a lot of people have called to enter the competition and now all is set for the Top 10 and the national finale. The three judges unveiled will now come up with the best five,” said Chisala, adding they were impressed with the quality of the entries.
Theo, who will be launching his latest album The White Elephant at Robins Park in Blantyre on June 5, 2016 said he was excited to be among the judges for the Top 10.
“It’s exciting and nice to be recognised and play a part in the creative industry. This opportunity is going to change somebody’s life. I am ready,” said the soft-spoken artist.
Famed for the hit ‘Kutentha,’ Theo added:
“All I can say to the contestants is think of it as you being a judge, you want somebody that stands out and so contestants need to be original and be unique and go grab the opportunity.”
Rina, who is one of the renowned female urban artists, described this as a very good development.
“This is a very good development especially for my career, it’s not the first time for me to be a judge because I have been involved in other competitions but this one is something new and I am very prepared and I know what is required,” said Rina.
She said she believes Malawi has talent but hinted that what is needed is support, learning more and exposure.
Namadingo, who has soared with his music since he released his new album Lero last year, also said he is happy to be part of the judges.
Meanwhile Airtel Malawi Brands and Communication Manager Isabel Kachinjika said yesterday that the names of the Top 10 contestants would be revealed today.
The mobile talent search contest last year was won by Lilongwe-based singer Sam Mjura Mkandawire, who pocketed K14 million and went on to fly the country’s flag on the pan African contest where he came sixth.
Last year the official mentor was US artist Akon and this year it is Keri Hilson.
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