The prize for the Ka Jive Dance competition spearheaded by Times Television through Times Group and powered by Airtel Malawi only goes to one winner who comes out top.
Times Group Chief Commercial Manager Dumisani Ngulube said this Monday amidst concerns from some quarters that the prize could have been spread amongst the three top finalists.
“This is more like a reality show where only one winner gets it all so on Saturday only one winner got the top prize of K1.5 million,” said Ngulube.
He gave an example of the reality show Big Brother Africa where only one winner walks away with the prize money and that there was no prize for the other finalists.
Blantyre-based Twist came out top in the Ka Jive Dance Competition season two followed by central region group – Salama Africa Dance Crew which is based at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa and Adobe Dance Crew from Lilongwe on third position.
“I think the prize money could have been spread amongst the three finalists. I dont think giving it to one winner is good,” said one of the fans Esther Tembo.
Another fan who only identified herself as Julie M said that one of the groups which came second struggled to pay for their participation hence could have atleast been got something.
But Ngulube maintained that the competition was for one winner getting it all.
Some quarters also questioned as to why the organisers did not announce the full details of the votes which determined the winner.
“They were supposed to tell us this because, people were voting through SMS and again who verified the votes? I did not hear anything on how the voting trended,” said Samuel Mwale, who travelled all the way from South Africa.
He added that to him voting was nothing and that what matters is the judges‘ decision.
“It’s so confusing because they never said what each of the participants got from the national voting process,” said Mwale.
But Ngulube while admitting that this was supposed to be announced by hosts but was skipped due to other challenges, said the judges of Talumba Chirwa, Jean Chalungama and Rodgers Siula made the final decision to come up with the winner.
Apart from the winner Twist, which also participated in season one last year but failed to do well, the other finalists were The Incredibles, Adobe and Salama from Lilongwe and Ikuba and Limbanazo from Blantyre.
Airtel Malawi who were the main sponsors have since hailed Times Group through Times Television for the competition which among others has helped unearth dancing talent.
The mobile company has said it is committed to continue partnering Times Group in the Ka Jive competition which this year expanded to Lilongwe
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