– As the search for Nigerian biggest talent begins
When Rapid Blue Format (RBF) in conjunction with Airtel Nigeria, leading telecommunications service provider brought Nigeria’s Got Talent franchise to Nigeria last year, lovers of reality TV show wondered how it would work considering the myraid of talents the country is blessed with!
Alas, the globally renowned show was not just a success, but it also produced for the first time, 8-year old Amarachi Uyanne as the winner, making her the youngest millions in Nigeria, after walking away with a cash prize of N10 million naira and invaluable fame and recognition.
Nigeria’s Got Talent is back, rolling into its second season with all the glory in the world, and the search for the next biggest talent in Nigeria has begun following the announcement of this year’s reality show by the organisers.
Addressing a gathering of media and entertainment who’s who during an announcement on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Get Arena, Victoria-Island, Lagos, MD Rapid Blue Format, Rotimi Pedro said the show is a testament to the amazing talent that abounds in Nigeria.
‘We’re the greatest nation on earth”, said Pedro, “Everything points to that, including the God-given talent that’s just everywhere you turn to. From the experience last year, it’s clear that we will have even a more difficult time deciding who will rule this year. Nigeria’s got talent, by every definition of the word. And as you follow this new season week in, week out, you’ll brim with pride; pride not only because this is the only market where Got Talent is currently running, but because we have more talent on display than anywhere else you look.”
Also speaking, the General Manager, Brand Assets, & Marketing Properties at Marketing Director Bharti Airtel International, Obinna Anichie, said:
“Everyone is inspired by Amarachi, winner of last year edition’s story. But really it could be the story of any talented Nigerian who is willing to explore his dream. This is why we are delighted to partner with Nigeria’s Got Talent in the search for Nigeria’s biggest and brightest talents across the country.”
Meanwhile, the producers have also announced the return of last year judges, the trio of Nollywood actress, Kate Henshaw, inspirational Radio presenter, Dan Foster and Director Yibo Koko. Andre Blaze, who hosted the maiden edition, has been brought back to anchor the season II, which kicks off on October 9 with regional auditions and run till October 27 2013, when the Lagos editions will hold.
– KATE HENSHAW
I’m happy. I think I had a special moment during the Season I. I’m really happy to be here because last year, I was down. I was crying, and I got angry. Even while pressmen were questioning me on the show, I had to tell them that frankly, I have trying to get used to what I have not been used to before.
I’m very proud to be back. It was a show that was transparent, nothing was fishy. I can categorically say that it’s the biggest show, won by the right person. I am also happy that Godwin, who was a runner-up, is today doing well for him.
It’s been crazy because we have millions of talents in Nigeria and Nigeria’s Got Talent is the only show that we’ve handled all of that. It’s not about VJs’, it’s not about dancing or rap, it’s about everything you can do. Nigeria’s Got Talent is an awesome family show. I’m very happy that we are back for the Season II.
We are looking forward to more interesting talents than we have last year. There will be no mercy, no emotion this year. It’s all about your talent.
– YIBO KOKO
Nigeria’s Got Talent is the best place to be because in Nigeria, we have a whole lot of talents and we’re just going to judge you based on what you’ve got to offer. It feels great to be here once again.
The show, which is sponsored by Airtel Nigeria, will hold from October 2013 till March 2014. The audition train will begin in Abuja from October 9, followed by Calabar on October 12. The dates for Port Harcourt, Enugu, Asaba, Benin and Ibadan are October 15, 17, 19, 21 and 23 respectively. Lagos auditions will hold October 26 and 27, 2013.
The maiden edition of the Nigeria’s Got Talent was won by 9 year-old Amarachi Uyanne from Benin City who performed as a dancer all through the competition.
Aside South Africa, Nigeria is the only African country to have purchased the franchise. The Got Talent franchise has produced many notable performers in the last couple of years including Diversity, Bianca Ryan and Britain’s Got Talent’s 2009 1st runner up, Susan Boyle, whose debut album became the fastest selling UK debut album of all time, selling over three million copies in the U.S alone.
The franchise, currently in its 9th year, is one of the fastest growing international franchises, closing the gap on other successful franchises such as The Weakest Link, The X Factor and Dancing with the Stars, amongst others.
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