The public’s anxiety over who among the seven finalists in the Globacom-sponsored Dance with Peter reality television show will win the crown came to an end on Saturday night as 24-years old Kelvin Ayanruoh from Delta State was named winner of the show.
The anxiety was heightened by the huge talent displayed by the finalists in the elimination stages which made it difficult for viewers to say for sure who was likely to win the coveted prize.
From Kelvin Ayanruoh to Julius Fakta, Amazing Amy, Mali Hot Boy, G-Xtreem, C-Fly and Da Octopus, any of the finalists was good enough for the title of West Africa’s Dance King.
However, when the votes from viewers were tallied, it was Kelvin who was finally declared winner at the grand finale of the show held on Saturday night at Bamako Studio, Ojodu, Lagos. He beat his closest challengers, Mali Hot Boy, and third place winner, Ghanaian Julius Fakta, to win the coveted crown of best dancer in West Africa. In fourth place was Amazing Amy, while Da Octopus finished fifth.
With this, Kelvin has won Globacom’s top prize of a Toyota Rav 4 SUV and N3million cash with an opportunity of featuring in P-Square’s next music video. First runner-up, Mali Hot Boy, goes home with a Honda Civic car and N2million, while Julius Fakta gets a Kia Rio car and N1million cash prize. Both of them will also have a chance to feature in a top Glo Ambassador’s music video.
From his conquest in the four-month-long competition, Kelvin who says his philosophy in life is “respect all and fear none” appears to be moving closer to his dream of being a top international choreographer. His victory is also remarkable, given that he started out as a member of a dance group called Elevators NG. At the audition stage, the judges picked him out for his dexterity to progress to the next stage as a solo performer. He has repaid that faith by winning the competition.
The other finalists Amazing Amy, Da Octopus, G-Xtreem and C-Fly were voted fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh respectively by followers of the show.
Dance with Peter was launched in August by Globacom in partnership with Peter Okoye, the twin brother and partner in musical group, P-Square. The company disclosed that its decision to sponsor the show was because of the need to promote the dance culture among Africans and assist those who may want to go into the dance profession to discover their potential.
Glo ambassador and entertainer, Dapo Oyebanjo, popularly known as D’banj, featured as guest judge on the show. He also performed along with Peter Okoye to the delight of the audience.
The public will have an opportunity to watch the grand finale of the show on African Independent Television (AIT) at 5.p.m. on Sunday and on MTV Base on Wednesdays at 8 p.m. Similarly, viewers in Ghana can watch this package on TV3 Ghana at 3.30 p.m. on Sunday, and Benin Republic ORTV on Sunday at 6 p.m.