Ka Jive Dance competition hosted by Times Group through Times Television has gone national with participants in Season Four coming from as far as the Northern Region.
Unlike in some of its previous seasons where participants from Blantyre and Lilongwe have dominated, this year participants have come from places including Thyolo, Luchenza, Mulanje, Zomba, Ntcheu and Mzuzu.
Launched on October 10 with the first auditions attracting 20 groups, 10 groups made it to the next round.
And on Saturday more groups also turned for the second auditions battling it out to earn a place in the next round.
Once again, the judges had a torrid time to select the best 10 to join the set that was picked last week Saturday.
But at the end of it all, the judges, Rina, Robert Magasa and Joshua Bhima, who sitting in for Super DT, settled for Abantu Crew from Lilongwe, The Gap Connection from Blantyre, Luchenza Amazing Dancing Crew, Khybon Dance Crew from Lilongwe, Invisible Crew from Thyolo, Technical Dancers from Blantyre, Robo Tronics from Lilongwe, Adobe Dance Crew from Blantyre, 99 Ma Feel from Blantyre and Jaiva Dance Crew from Mzuzu.
With the tagline Tivine Zimenezi, some groups showed they have all what it takes to conquer in the competition which, if all goes according to plan, ends in January next year.
Beamed live on Times Television and hosted by Times Television Presenter Blak Jak, the dance competition goes to the third auditions next Saturday where 10 groups will also be selected.
Magasa, who is a contemporary dancer, said there was more for people to see in Season Four as groups have come with new ideas.
“The 20 we have selected so far have shown enough, winning our hearts but there is more room for improvement and all we are asking the groups is to work hard and make sure they do enough and compete for K1 million. We want to see the K1 million dances,” he said.
Times Group Commercial Manager Lusayo Msukwa, said they were satisfied with the performances of the groups as well as the participation.
“We still call upon the groups that registered to come and participate in the third auditions The target is to go with 30 groups and now we have managed to select 20 groups,” Msukwa said.
He called on the youth and parents to patronise the dance competition and offer support to the participants.
“We promise to offer the best of entertainment with the competition and as we indicated during the launch, apart from the top prizes of K1 million for the winner and K400,000 for the runner up, people out there also stand a chance of winning some prizes. The participating groups will also get something,” Msukwa said.
During the second auditions, Blak Jak and Techno also announced the winner of one of the Techno cellphones.