22 February 2019
There has been new twist to Starbrite Season 7 finale as show coordinators withheld announcing this year’s overall winner at Club Sankayi on Wednesday night.
According to talent show organisers they deliberately skipped the announcement to allow an input from viewers when the talent show is aired on the local broadcaster.
However, the move was met with mixed feelings from both parents who had come to offer support and the finalists.
“We have been often criticised for running this talent show like an exclusive club whilst ignoring chances of involving those who watch the show on television.
“So beginning with season 7 we want to have an exclusive winner to be crowned live on ZBC TV after a voting process,” said show director Barney Mpariwa.
Mpariwa has issued an apology for the delayed process.
“To all the parents who came to offer support and artistes who were expecting to have the winner announced during the competition, we are asking for your patience as we implore for this measure.
“We have already spoken to our partners at ZBC TV and they are willing to broadcast the finals so that Zimbabwe gets to vote and become part of the show.
“We are also looking forward to working with local mobile phones network providers who will provide our voting lines,” he said.
Five musicians, one poet and a dance group from Gweru have made it to the last five and will be the ones liable for public scrutiny.
The singers include Petros Supunu, Takudzwa Ncube, Innocent Munyariwa, Rati Mpeswa and Devine Malunga.
Poet and inmate at Harare Central Prison Gerimos Mugwenhi also made it into the money spinning last quarter.
The overall winner is expected to walk away with a cash prize, residential stand, 20 000 bricks and a recording contract.
The two day finals also saw finalists honouring the late music icon and national hero, Dr Oliver Mtukudzi, through a performance.
In a speech read on her behalf, minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation, Kirsty Coventry applauded efforts done by Starbrite.
“In terms of developing talent, Starbrite has done an exceptional job locally and we commend it for the efforts.
“As part of its tradition the talent show has auditioned over 65 000 artistes and others have grown to become renowned entertainers,” read an official.
Several musicians including Baba Harare, Baba Shupi and radio personality Patience Musa graced the event.