17 July 2012

East Africa: Tusker Project Fame - About Time TPF Changed Cast

Photo: The Star
Doreen Nyawira Muchiri

Six weeks ago, the judges and faculty promised East Africa they had recruited the best-ever team and the region was getting international stars.

Well, so far the friendliest word for this year's product is, lacklustre. This has arguably been the most boring season in Tusker Project Fame (TPF) history. With just two weeks to the end of the competition, few would place their money on any of the remaining six contestants.

The contestants have maintained an average profile with none of them standing out with exceptional performances as witnessed in previous seasons. In fact one time judge Ian Mbugua said he would put all of them on probation, were it possible. It's a shame that in the sixth week, contestants still forget their lines and go off-pitch and worst of all, put up pathetic stage performances.

Critics, however, blame the decline on the monotony. Most of the faculty members have not changed since the first season. The principal has remained Hellen Mtawali, the music director Robert Kimanzi, voice coach Kavutha Asiyo, band leader Aaron Rimbui and the choreographer Edwin Omondi.

Then there is the ever-present Mbugua whose comments have even become predictable after being on the show for so long. Meanwhile, this week Uganda's Sharon is back on probation. To save Sharon, type tusker 4 to 8009.

This is a special week where each of the judges has been tasked to work with two contestants as a mentor on the songs they will perform on Sunday. The judges are expected to give their musical expertise and contribute to a heated performance this weekend.

Mbugua will be working with Joe and Doreen; Julianna Kanyomozi will mentor Ruth and Steve, while Jackson and Sharon will be mentored by Hermes B. Joachim.

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