Rwanda Focus (Kigali)

Rwanda: Dundastar Enters Second Phase, Last Preselection Cancelled

Dundastar Talent Search enters another phase today, with the preselections having been concluded. However, there was great disappointment earlier this week when it was suddenly announced that the last preselection round in Nyamirambo, home to the city's most outgoing inhabitants, was cancelled. No explanation was given, and efforts by The Rwanda Focus to reach the organizers were fruitless since nobody seemed to be willing to talk.

A number of young people in Nyamirambo expressed great disappointment, especially dance groups, members of which told this newspaper that they had been very hopeful for this occasion to show their talent, and now saw their hopes smashed.

Despite this show of very poor management, the Dundastar competition continues and is now entering its second phase where the finalists will be selected. For the past three weeks, the talent search has attracted many youth from all over Kigali city. Young people from all walks of life appeared at the three preselection rounds to show their talent (or lack thereof) in music and dance.

Over 30 young people are now to battle it out to get into the final, keeping an eye on the grand prize, which is a production with renowned East African music producer Washington, who is also a judge in the competition. According to the show's PR officer Praise Asiimwe, the selection is going to be very strict. "We are now dealing with the best from the different regions we auditioned, and now it is question of selecting the very best from among them."

What is also different in this round is that it will be aired live on Rwanda Television and viewers will be allowed to vote for their favorite group or solo performer.

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