Zambia: Talent Yapa Zed Back Next Month

AFTER making final provincial cut downs and going silent for almost a month, Zambia's first ever multi-talent search reality show, Talent Yapa Zed (TYZ), is seemingly making life headway.

Location Challenge executive director and proprietor of the show, Lawrence Thompson and Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) have confirmed that the show gets back on the national screens next month January 2013.

In order for the show to receive maximum media hype, Location Challenge has partnered with ZNBC marketing team in promoting the reality show.

"As it is, Location Challenge has done the marketing but could have doubled up the numbers if we had involved ZNBC marketing," he says.

Thomson says the delay in progression was meant to facilitate for proper logistics and venues for what has been termed as "TYZ

Concerts and the grand finale to remember", which will take place at the end of February 2013.

On how the show is now scheduled to run, Thompson says seven weeks of performances and eliminations from all the five provinces have been lined up.

Each week, the entire provincial top five are expected to travel to Lusaka for their performance in the semi-finals and they will be subjected to public voting. This will be after the judges have made their comment.

After talent display and subsequent subjecting to public voting, the contestants are expected to head back to their provinces and only return to the cosmopolitan city of Lusaka the following week to get the outcome of the votes.

Those that will stand as the viewers' favourites will remain in the capital, while the rest end their journey in TYZ and head back home. The eliminations will go on until the final three remain to fight for the grand prize.

The winner of the grand prize is expected to be declared towards the month end of February 2013 who will by them not be counted amongst millionaires after the rebasing of the Kwacha. The winner will walk away with K100,000.

Throughout December, ZNBC is expected to run five-minute promotions for the contestants and how to vote by SMS.

"We are also appealing to the public to support local talent exposed on the show through voting by SMS as this is one way of ensuring success of such local programmes essential to the development of the entertainment industry and local content on Zambian television," he says.

So far the, the provincial top five short listing has been concluded with an exception of Mongu which producers say will be dealt with this December.

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