19 January 2013

Zambia: TYZ Finally Returns to Stage

AFTER months of uncertainty and speculations among the viewers and fans about the continuity of Zambia's first ever multi-talent search reality show Talent Yapa Zed, the show returned to action last Thursday with the Lusaka final cut down.

Last week, executive producer Lawrence Thompson assured the ardent followers of the reality show and participants through Zamtel Entertainment that he would not let the dream of the reality show die out, but he would see it up to its very end.

True to his words, Thompson's production team and seven Lusaka finalists were at Lusaka's Olympic Youth Development Centre on Thursday to make a final choice from the capital's finest talents.

Two spaces were available for the grand finale and the youthful contestants had to battle it out to please the judges for a slot in the finals.

After a tightly contested battle of talent, the honours of storming into the finals were granted to the 20-year-old NIPA public relations student and songbird Tiwah Phiri and talented group called Protege.

He says the grand finale is in perspective with the exact date not really set though he has confirmed the venue as being Mulungushi International conference centre.

On the prize, Thompson says nothing has changed only that it will from now be announced as RK100,000 as opposed to K100 million.

"The prize from location challenge remains the same only that the winner and the runner-up might win another chance of competing on a continental level.

"If they win on the continental level it will be a double achievement for them," he says.

Thompson has also clarified that he is not doubling the prize money but that if he finalises modalities on how Zambia can participate in the African Song and Dance competition slated for June 2013 in the Zimbabwean capital Harare, it will be an added advantage to the top two!

The provincial final cut downs continue.

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