All the southern region qualifiers met in Bulawayo, the city of Kings & Queens for the second round auditions that were held from the 14th -16th of October at Amakhosi theatre an incredible venue specifically designed to promote art. StarBrite and Amakhosi Theatre have a long standing relationship that has found the two working together in the past seasons. Bulawayo popularly known as the owners of the stage, it is also the city which the 2015 winner Nomvuyo Dube.
Day one started on a high note as the contestants brought their best and it was very evident that the contestants had prepared for this day. Day one was for contestants from Bulawayo only those that have qualified in areas such as Emakhandeni, Makokoba, Nkulumane and Cowdray Park.
The diversity and depth in terms of talent was clearly shown by the variety of acts in the form of poetry, amapantsula and zimdancehall. Special mention to poets, Proficiency and Thandokhule who gave an outstanding performance. The judges were Thembi Ngwabi, Clarence and Marylyn Ngwenya who had a hard time in selecting the qualifiers for the third round on the 16th of October.
On the second day, contestants came from as far as Victoria Falls, Zvishavane, Gweru and Hwange. The judges felt the competition was stiff as compared to the day before, every contestant was striving to qualify for the third round. Gweru proved be the hub of dancers, J Squad and Visionary Jays from the city of progress had an eye-catching stage performance.
The third round combined contestants from Bulawayo and outside, it was survival of the fittest. Winners from the first day and the second day faced each other on stage in the battle for the tickets to the boot camp. The judges tried their best to select top of the cream from over 40 who had qualified from both day one and two. Only 30 contestants were chosen for the boot camp were given their tickets.
Our deepest gratitude goes to Amkhosi theatre, High Mount Lodge & Pizzeria for their support and hopefully moving forward they continue to support.