Lagos — Showbiz afficiandos and the entertainment writers meet today at Ultima Studio, Omole Estate, Lagos for the opening Gala show and official launch of the 15 lucky young stars from across West Africa as they go into the MTN Xtracool Project Fame Academy.
All the contestants will go through 10 weeks of grooming, talent contest, while being nurtured on various aspects of musical performance. The activities of this year edition of MTN Project Fame West Africa are being broadcast on HITV's Nigezie channel, NTA Networks, MITV and MBI
These young stars have so much to sing for as the MTN Xtracool promise is loaded. The overall winner is expected to go home with a sum of N 2.5 Million, a Toyota Rav 4 and an international recording contract. The first runner up enjoys N2 Million and a Toyota Corolla, the second runner up takes N1.5 Million and a Toyota Yaris; while the third runner up will also bag the sum of N1 million
At the auditioning which preceded today's event, 24 previously short listed contestants, put up a very impressive performance in order to win the heart of the judges and to keep alive their dreams of rising to fame and stardom through the MTN Project Fame Reality TV Show. At the end of the day, six contestants emerged from the Lagos zone, two from Benin-City, one from Liberia four from Abuja, one from Calabar, three from Ghana, and one from Sierra Leone.
Some of the contestants that made it to the final phase of the auditioning are Mike Enazodor, Emmanuel, Caroline, Grace, from Lagos region, Supreye and Esosa Cole from Benin City, Wilmot from Liberia, Joseph and Dorcas from Ghana amongst others. These contestants displayed a high level of enthusiasm and determination, leaving the judges serenaded at some point and blown away at another.
According to one of the judges, Bibi, a veteran musician from Ghana, most of the contestants are cool young individuals with about the same level of musical experience, they all possessed the potentials of being music stars someday if they put a bit more effort to their potentials. She confessed that the Xtracool contest is capable of effectively harnessing the potentials of these young ones.
Kwame, who owns Nigezee, the 24-hour music station and also sits on the panel of judges commented on the auditioning: "Some of them possess great voices and extra ordinary talents. They showed a great deal of potentials and character. With extra effort, they could be extra-cool". As the contestants were made to know their fate, some broke into passionate tears, not being able to hold back their joy for making it through to the next phase, others screamed on the top of their voices out of boundless elation, while those that did not make it though felt disillusioned but resigned to fate, hoping to put up better effort when the next opportunity emerges.