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Kajive auditions set for Saturday

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So you think you can dance? It is that time of the year again when local dancers are given the platform to showcase their dance moves and walk away with K2 million for outshining competitors in Kajive Season III, a dance competition organised by Times Group.

After calling for applications from interested dancers from the Southern Region, 27 groups will battle it out for a place in the top 10 of Kajive Season III regional auditions at Blantyre Cultural Centre in Blantyre.

Times Group Chief commercial manager, Dumisani Ngulube, said the top 10 groups will go to the next phase which is the regional finals.

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“The groups are from Zomba and Blantyre. We will pick the best 10 that are going to the regional finals tomorrow. They have been briefed on what they are supposed to do; they must build the best act that will take them to the next round,” said Ngulube.

Ngulube said there will be a panel of three judges which will be revealed at the auditions.

“These are the people that will determine the 10 groups that will proceed to the next round,” Ngulube said.

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Ngulube explained that the format of the competition had been changed.

“The change has been made in terms of the competition itself as well as the production of the show. You will appreciate that we do this for the TV over and above keeping our youth busy so the shooting style is going to change and also the format,” he said

Unlike last season where dancers were given tasks, Ngulube said this year’s event will be different as it will be based on free style.

“Tasks were a choking block to some of the dancers. They could not cope with the tasks so this year we have changed that format. The dancers are going to create four unique acts; one for the auditions, regional finals and the third one for the grand finale. And in the event of a tie, they may have to pull out the fourth one,” he said.

Ngulube pointed out that there was also repetition of routines among last year’s contestants because of the tasks.

“We want to change that and, instead, we want them to prepare four unique routines which will be very exciting for both our live audience and television audience,” he said.

The central region auditions are expected to take place on December 17 [next weekend] where 28 groups from the central region and Northern Region will fight for a place in the top 10 and there will be a one-month break to give the best 20 groups time to work on their routines.

“From last year’s observation, weekly acts gave the contestants limited time to prepare and, so, after the break, we will come back on January 28 2017 with regional finals for the Central Region and on February 4, we will hold the regional finals for the southern region. We will then take another long break for the groups to prepare for the grand finale which, all things being equal, will take place on February 25, 2017,” he said.

Ngulube said people should expect to be entertained and have fun.

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