The battle to find the winner in Ka Jive Dance Competition Season Five has now gone to the elimination stage, having finalised auditions last weekend.
The elimination or eviction shows start with the Southern Region Saturday afternoon at Times Entertainment Studios at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre.
Thirty groups triumphed during auditions, with 15 from Southern region and another 15 from the Central and Northern regions auditions.
Unlike during the auditions where groups are given the freedom to perform their different styles, the elimination stage challenges groups to be creative and fuse in different styles in their routines.
Times Group Advertising Manager for Radio and Television, Alfred Kanjere, described the auditions in the Southern and then Central and Northern regions as fantastic and that groups put up their A game.
“Judges had a torrid time to select the groups going to the next round but, at the end of it all, we had to get 30 in total and now here we are with elimination shows,” Kanjere said.
He also said that they were happy that apart from Business Computer Systems (BSC) Limited which pumped in over K2 million, some companies have also come in citing Malawi Posts Corporation through their Post coaches and Central East African Railways (Cear).
“The door is still open for companies, organisations and various stakeholders to be part of the competition and reach out to the youth with their services. We have the elimination show in the Southern Region and then we will have an elimination show for Central and Northern regions; so, the journey is still on,” Kanjere said.
He said through the competition run by Times Group through Times Television under the signature Tivine Zimenezi, they have been able to unearth dance talent.
“Dance is a talent which deserves respect and we have seen how young people have presented their creative dance routines during auditions.
There is so much talent out there and all what is needed are the platforms. As Times Group, we are doing our part in uplifting arts and culture in the country,” he said.
After the eviction show in the Southern Region, the elimination show will move to Lilongwe the following weekend for the Central and Northern regions before getting to the semi-finals.
The winner in the competition is expected to walk away with K1 million, with the second and third pocketing K300,000 and K200,000, respectively.
In another development, Times Group through Times Television will Saturday morning host aerobics session at Kamuzu College of Health Sciences (KuHest) formerly known as College of Medicine Complex in Blantyre in support of Pashello Orphan Home in Ngabu, Chikwawa District.