Starbrite gears for season 2
HARARE – Producers of Starbrite Talent Search Show have invited interested people to register for the second season of the competition whose preparations have already swung into top gear.
Zimbabwe’s top talent search show, which resumed last year after a decade-long hiatus, registered over 7 000 people last season in which only nine contestants from different categories emerged winners.
Starbrite director Barney Mpariwa hopes to land more sponsors to bankroll the second season.
“I can tell you that with more sponsors the show will be better”, said Mpariwa who is also a popular DJ.
“So far things are looking good as we have had some Members of Parliament offering to sponsor auditions in their provinces. This is a step in the right direction as it is some form of sponsorship” he said.
Auditions are expected to start in February, with registration being done through mobile phone messages.
“Last year we had problems with people who did not register. This year we will not allow them to try out if they did not register. We are going to be strict, that is why we are encouraging everyone to register now through text messages,” he said.
Starbrite will scour for talent in all the country’s 10 provinces though Mpariwa hopes to complete the process earlier than they did last season.
“Last year’s edition ran for a year .This one is going to be shorter and we will be airing two episodes per week on television.
As it is the second edition we have learnt how to do some things better and manage our time,” he said.
Mpariwa said last year’s winners in the music category are currently in the studio, recording their music.
Winners of the first edition walked away with an array of prizes that included a recording contract with Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi’s Pakare Paye Studio, television sets, Ipads, cellphones, residential stands, a Honda Fit car and many other prizes.
Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana, Willom Tight, Kireni Zulu, Tendai “Sasa” Chidarikire, Go Boys, Achuzzi are some of the country’s top musicians who were uncovered by Starbrite.