The Accra auditions for the Glo X Factor singing TV Realty show exceeded expectations as thousands turned up at the plush Alisa Hotel to gun for a shot at the US$150,000 star prize from Glo, plus a one year recording contract with international recording giant, Sony Records.
But one of the most exciting moments of the auditions was when Kokui Selormey of Viasat1, Citi FM and indeed Vodafone Healthline fame showed up to audition for the show, not as a judge but as a contestant.
Kokui, a brilliant professionally trained soprano, is a classical music soloist and host of a classical music show on Citi FM.
With her vocal mastery, Kokui just scrapped through the auditions and qualified for the next stage, where the 50 contestants identified in Ghana would now be performing with a full set of musical instruments at the National Theatre before the panel of judges.
She told reporters she was delighted that so many talented youth are getting the opportunity to prove their worth and get a shot at stardom.
“Glo has done very well in bringing X Factor to Ghana and I do hope that they would sustain this lifetime offer in order to unearth as many stars as are available,” Kokui said.
Some other highlights of the auditions included the appearance of 24-year old twin sisters, Lamberta and Lambertina Hansen, who have just graduated from the Accra Polytechnic. They were eventually selected for the next stage of auditions.
The two vowed to win the prize money and swore to beat another favourite set of male twins who emerged in the Abuja auditions barely two weeks ago.
Accra also recorded its first batch of adult singers when a duo made up of Robert Adinyirs 54 and Jonathan Seshie 53, both from Ho in the Volta region stepped forward to be auditioned.
Going by the stage-name of Crosscrown, the two said they had been singing together since 1976 when they were teenagers living in Denu in the Volta Region.
“Glo X Factor is the best opportunity that has ever come our way, that is why we have travelled all the way from Ho to participate, and we are hopeful we will be selected,” said Adinyira.
Accra’s auditions far outstripped that of Kumasi in terms of numbers, and the hotel officials say they were baffled when they saw loads of anxious-looking youth filing up at the west wing of the hotel as early as 6:00am.