Disappointment and happiness was all what engulfed the Great Hall in Zomba on Friday night as some of the contestants were evicted in the Chanco Got Talent semi finals with only five making it to the grand final scheduled for August 22.
Chanco Got Talent Show is spearheaded by Lens Arts in partnership with Times Group. The evictions started with the auditions before its premiere two weeks ago which saw close to 20 contestants battling it out.
The premiere attracted a huge audience but it was a different story during the semi finals on Friday night as it received a low patronage.
The red carpet event once again delayed to start on Friday but the organisers still tried their best to keep to time with the proceedings moving at a fast pace.
With five contestants evicted during the premiere, 15 contestants remained with some nominated again.
The semi finals started with a evictions as hosts which included Times Television presenter Sharon Chirwa, invited the nominated contestants to the stage telling them there was to be eviction before the performances on the night.
This surprised some of the contestants who had prepared for the performances on the night.
Some contestants, who were nominated, did not make it on the day but they found themselves evicted.
The nominated contestants who beat eviction on the night included singer Lisa Chikoja, singer and guitarist Kitson Namathanga, poet Samuel Joseph and Chanco Travelling Theatre.
These contestants joined the others who were safe on the night including dancers Motion of Movement and singer Bertha Kadeka to battle it out for a place in the grand final.
There were new faces on the judging panel with only Times Television presenter Sam Kabambe as a remnant.
Mr 265 who was very tough during the premiere was missing with Mphatso Chaluluka aka Junior C coming in and University of Malawi –Chancellor College lecturer Essela Munthali.
Being a semi final, the audience expected electric performances but it was not to be as a lot of acts left a lot to be desired and some contestants failed to keep time in their performances and had to be stopped by the presenters.
However, there were some acts which stood out and had the audience cheering on throughout and they included Motion of Movement which saw Kabambe applauding them with a bow.
The group did their best showcasing their different dance moves during their act although as a group they still need to bond and move together.
Those who made it to the grand finale include rapper Omega Sambakunsi, Kadeka, reggae artist Fungai, Motion of Movement and Namathanga.
Joseph and Chanco Travelling Theatre were some of the contestants who failed to make it to the grand final.
Chikoja was also evicted on the night. But her eviction did not go down well with some students who chanted her name.
There were performances in between the battle and they included renowned artist Piksy and Blaze.
Piksy was also the one who closed the chapter during the show which spilled over to the early hours of Saturday. Some of the songs he dished out included ‘Uncle Short One,’ ‘Mthunzi,’ and ‘Tsoka Liyenda.’
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