Twenty five singers resident in and around Kumasi have been picked for the next stage of X-Factor, the world’s biggest singing reality television show brought to the African continent for the first time by Glo.
Announcing this after an intensive two-day audition in Kumasi, the capital of the Ashanti region on Sunday evening, the Glo X-Factor Line Producer, Abigail Clark expressed delight with the performance of contestants at the location, adding that seventy per cent of those who attended possessed raw talents that could be moulded into brilliance.
She noted that they had auditioned singers from different age groups and cultural background who performed a variety of genres like reggae, rap, gospel and rhythm and blues.
She said that contestants who made it to the Boot Camp in Lagos would be worked on by choreographers, music producers and voice trainers who would combine to bring out the best in them for the judges to pick those who would qualify for the Judges’ Home Visit stage.
The Line Producer disclosed that nine contestants would be picked from the Judges Home Visit Stage for the Live Performance Stage which would involve people phoning in to vote for their favourites.
She urged viewers across the world to start watching the singing reality television show live from Saturday,18th May, 2013 to Saturday,14th September,2013 when the winner of the $150,000 and Sony Music recording contract star prize would emerge.
She thanked Globacom for giving the team the opportunity to cast its net wide through auditioning exercises conducted across Nigeria and Ghana, adding that they were also on the look-out for singers with interesting true life experiences.
Speaking in an interview, the Music Director, Carl Raccah stressed that from his experience over the years, “ there is no African who cannot sing!”, we only need to prepare them psychologically to be less nervous for the latent talent to become manifest in line with the X-Factor franchise.
A total number of seventy five singers have now been selected from audition locations in Port Harcourt and Abuja in Nigeria as well as Kumasi while the Accra audition will hold at the Alisa Hotel, North Ridge on Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th 2013.