Starbrite coming to a close

HARARE - Starbrite talent show is headed for the finals and out of 7 000 initially auditioned contestants, only 45 remain.

Starbrite auditions commenced in September last year in Harare, Bulawayo, Victoria Falls, Gweru, Masvingo, Mutare among others.

Starbrite founder and director Barney Mpariwa said they were expecting the finals before the end of September.

“We did the official launch and we are now gearing up for the finals. We hope to have them, mid-September but we cannot announce the venue yet as it has not been confirmed. We will also announce the date in due course. There are 35 singers and 10 non-singers remaining. We want to trim down again the number of singers to make them 10 or 15,” he said.

After auditioning contestants only 164 remained and these went into boot camp at Mazvikadei Dam.

Of the 164 they were trimmed down to about 60 and of the 60 only 45 remain.

It is currently being broadcast on local television.

Mpariwa said there will be seven episodes which will be broadcast on television for the finals.

Of the 45 remaining, Victoria Falls, Masvingo, Norton, Marondera have one contestant remaining each.  

Bulawayo has eight, Chinhoyi (three) and the remaining are from Harare.

Mpariwa expressed happiness over the way things are turning out for Starbrite.

“People are now beginning to see the difference from when we started to where we are now. We moved from auditions, boot-camp, and semi-finals and there has been progress in everything. From here onwards the momentum is rising,” he said.

Auditions for next year’s season are expected to be held in January.

Starbrite came at a time when people where only getting entertained by South Africa’s SA Got Talent, Idols and America’s Got talent.

There was no local feel to what the people where watching and Starbrite’s re-entrance into the entertainment scene was highly appreciated following the turnout throughout the country.

Another talent show, A Academy run by Gary Thompson stopped functioning as funds dried.

Several musicians were identified through Starbrite when it was introduced in the 90s and these include Tendai ‘Sasa’ Chidarikire, Prudence Katombeni-Mbofana and Matthew ‘Mateo’ Kaunda.

The talent search show is diverse as there are musicians, comedians poets, dancers and other sorts of talents.

Starbrite’s age group varied from 5 to 78 years at the audition’s initial stages.

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