Chanco Got Talent premieres


Chanco Got Talent finally premiered on Saturday spilling over to the early hours of Sunday with 20 contestants competing during a show which attracted an impressive audience at The Great Hall in Zomba.

Chanco Got Talent is a show which is being run by Lens Arts in partnership with Times Group through Times Television and saw the contestants show their different skills from singing, dancing, spoken word and drama among others.

This is a show similar to America has got talent which started with auditions last week before the premiere on Saturday. The show is expected to run again on August 7 before the grand finale on August 22 which will see the winner walking away with K200,000.


The premiere delayed to start but this did discourage the audience from waiting and once the show started they followed it although there were some stoppages in some instances which affected the tempo.

However, this being a show which will be beamed on Times Television, the stoppages were worth it so as to give viewers a fine product. The audience cheered the contestants from the word go until to the end.

The show was even brightened with the presence of renowned musician Dan Lufani, who offered an energetic performance dishing out his renditions which included ‘Sorry,’ and ‘Holy Ghost Fire.’


This was a platform for the contestants to shine and show that Chanco Got Talent but some failed to stand out with others failing to stand the pressure due to the presence of the impressive audience.

Some performed alone while others went as a group and after their performances they had to face a panel of judges which included Times Television presenters such as Mr 265, who is also former Big Brother Africa ( BBA) representative, and Sam Kabambe.

Mr 265 was one of the tough judges on the night as he gave no


points to several contestants telling them outright that they were not convincing something which did not go down well with some of the fans in the building.

However, others shined on the night impressing the panel of judges as they scored marks.

This was a show for survival of the fittest and for those who were the fittest stood out and were not even placed on the nomination list while others will have to beat nomination if they are to go to the next round and this will be determined by the people through Facebook.

For other contestants they simply could not stand out as they were evicted on the same night.Five contestants were evicted with another five up for nomination.

Several people were impressed with the event saying it will help unearth talent but also expose talent as this will be screened on Times Television.

This was indeed a red carpet event which saw the decoration made by Blantyre- based Nzika Wear on the night impress many.

Times Television once again showed that it values art as it has once again partnered with Lens Arts in this show having also successfully held the Ka Jive Dance Competition which excited Malawians.

“This is a good move by Lens Arts and Times Television, people want to see this shows on Television. We have America has got talent out there and now we have Chanco got talent. I hope we will see more,” said Godfrey Mbalame, one of the people who patronised the event.

The Television station has also been involved in other arts projects including the Airtel Trace Music Star on the local front which was won by Sam Mjura Mkandawire.

Mkandawire pocketed K14 million as the winner but failed to come out top during the grand finale involving 12 other countries

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