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There is a lot of money at stake in the Airtel Trace Music Star Season II. K10 million for the first prize, K3 million and K2 million for the second and third prize respectively.

And this was witnessed during the Top 10 show held at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre on Sunday afternoon when 10 contestants battled it out to earn a place in the national final slated for Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe on May 6, 2016.

The judges of musicians Patience Namadingo, Rina and Theo Thomson had a torrid time to select the best five as they all put up grand performances.

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But Chief Judge Rina said earlier before the contestants stepped on stage that they were looking for nothing but the best.

Lilongwe dominated the Top 10 show with six contestants followed by Blantyre with three and Zomba had one with no contestant from the Northern Region.

But at the end of the live acts which saw them performing different songs originally done by foreign artists, it was all a women affair as five female contestants made it to the national finale with two male contestants falling out.

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The five female contestants who made it through are 23- year old Triza Chatata, 26-year old Ruth Kulaisi, 25-year old Chisomo Chichi Nteteka from Lilongwe, 23-year old Kalista Kalele from Zomba and 20- year old Madalitso Fazili from Blantyre.

Those who failed to make it were 15-year old Paul Kachala, Chigonjetso Katengeza, Sigele Akimu from Lilongwe, Verrie Ng’ona and Esther Chitheka Lewis from Blantyre.

The five finalists were over the moon for making it to the grand finale and all of them said they never expected it as the Top 10 had the best.

The best five now have to rehearse and practise more and improve on the shortfalls pointed out by the judges before the national final.

One winner will be selected from the best five, who will represent the country at the Pan African contest to be held in Nigeria.

Last year Lilongwe-based singer Sam Mjura Mkandawire, who was present during the Top 10 show was the winner and pocketed K14 million.

He went on to represent the country at the Pan African contest and came position six with Tanzania’s Mayunga Andrew Nalimi coming out top.

Nalimi went on to be mentored by renowned US artist Akon, who was the official mentor.

This year the winner will be mentored by another US singer Keri Hilson, who is the official mentor.

Before the best five were selected, the 10 contestants gave the impressive audience a surprise when they performed together in a sheer sense of solidarity.

Rina said after the contest that they were happy with the top five who have made it through.

“As we said we were looking for the best. We are satisfied with the five and we are sure they have what it takes to represent the country at the Pan African contest,” she said.

Airtel Malawi Brands and Communication Manager Isabel Kachinjika also said they were happy with the selection and the work done by the judges.

“It was a very stiff competition but contestants performed very well and the best five, if they take the judges’ comments, will do very well and the public should continue voting for their favourite contestants because their vote also counts,” said Kachinjika.

Trace Representative (Malawi) Annie Chisala also said they were satisfied with the outcome and that they saw the best from the contestants.

The Top 10 show produced by Times Television and hosted by Times Television presenters Mr 265 and Wezzie Kasambala was spiced up by performances from Tay Grin, who wowed with his latest hit ‘Chipapapa’ and Times Television presenter cum musician Blak Jak.

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