TOP
  • Home
  • National
  • Ruth Grace wins Coca Cola Rated Next season two

Ruth Grace wins Coca Cola Rated Next season two

By Vision Reporter

Added 25th May 2014 11:54 PM

After months of search for the best, teenager Ruth Grace became the second winner of the Coca Cola Rated Next: Sing It music talent search show

2014 5largeimg226 may 2014 072205730 703x422

IN SUMMARY: The contest, sponsored by Coca Cola in conjunction with Vision Group's Urban TV, started in January, and auditions were held in Mbarara, Arua, Masaka and Jinja before coming back to Kampala. Ten finalists were then chosen and taken to reside in a house somewhere in Kampala. Live shows then began and there were evictions every week after that, till the final four were chosen last week, and ultimately the winner announced Sunday.

By Joseph Kizza

KAMPALA - An evening of vibrant performances inside Wonder World Amusement Park auditorium presented a befitting climax to a five-month countrywide search for talent with 14-year-old Ruth Grace becoming the second winner of the Coca Cola Rated Next: Sing It music talent search show.

Daniel Kaweesa, whose closing performance on Sunday evoked fond memories of his triumph last year, was the first ever winner of the singing competition.

Ruth Grace's jubilant fans stormed the stage immediately show host Danze Mosha, a show presenter on Urban TV, announced the teenage sensation as the winner of this year's competition. Amid efforts to overcome her shock, the youngster found herself even further engulfed by the group excited supporters on stage.

Dressed in a cute white dress, she had a memorable selfie moment with Vision Group's CEO Robert Kabushenga (he sure fancies a good selfie!) on stage shortly afterwards. She was then handed a dummy cheque of sh50m by Kabushenga and Century Bottling Company's sales and executive manager, Rob Davis, amid deafening applause from the crowd.

true
Season Two winner: Ruth Grace. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
Season One winner: Daniel Kaweesa. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

Ruth Grace's feat, which saw her join the millionaires club, on top of securing  a recording contract with Swangz Avenue Studios, came at the expense of three other finalists – her closest challengers – the impressive Charles Ssekitoleko (second), Winnie Nakanwagi (third) and Cathryn Kuteesa Eseri (fourth).

Despite falling just short of ultimate victory, the trio will thrive on their own sense of success for having made it this far in such a tight competition.

A journey that started in January – with thousands of hopefuls auditioning from all regions of the country – was chiseled down to only a handful, and then to the final four, from which only one had to reign supreme.

true
The sensational Charles finished second overall. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
It took a while for Ruth Grace to recover from her shock. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
SAY CHEESE! Then came the selfie moment with Kabushenga

The event was keenly followed on social media, with many placing their bets on either Charles, whose unique feminine vocals had throughout the season earned him quite a huge following, and 14-year-old Ruth Grace to win.

And when the resilient Ruth Grace was announced the winner, fans took to Twitter to congratulate her.

One wrote: 'Thanx for spotting this talent. She deserved it'

Then came another's reaction: 'That's great for Ruth Grace'  . . . and many more reactions kept flowing in.

It was a remarkable evening for those who kept their eyes glued onto their TVs for a whole two hours of screening, and for those who followed proceedings live inside the Wonder World auditorium in Kampala.

true
Musician Irene Ntale entertained the crowd. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
Finalist Winnie came in third overall. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
After an amazing journey, sensational Eseri finished four. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

The finale was peppered with a cocktail of both individual performances (from the finalists) as well as duets by the other Top-Ten finishers.

They all featured in the opener,  offering a bright start to the proceedings. Hudson and Pages did a duet You Make Me Say, with Hudson doing what he does best with his guitar and Pages showing off his rapping capabilities.

Apio and Joshua slapped more energy into the show with an original composition Syemi, before Lillian and Sharifah could inject effervesence with Nzijukira.

The final four contestants each sang twice before a full house, and they received their final remarks from judges Siima Sabiti, Sharpe Ssewali and Benon Mugumbya.

And when show host Mosha revealed the winner, it was Ruth Grace who spread her hands out and eased her head up in the air the very moment her name was sounded.

true
The men behind the scenes. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
The show was sponsored by beverage company Coca Cola in conjunction with Urban TV. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
Elated fans took time off to jig a bit inside the Wonder World auditorium. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
Show judge Benon Mugumbya (left) looked as sharp as his counterpart Sharpe Ssewali (right). PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
Hundreds of fans showed up at Wonder World Amusement Park for the grand finale. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
And they came in all styles, colours, and . ..umh....shapes! PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
Charles does his thing before a full crowd that gave him full voice. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
This was Grace's opener for the night. . . doing Grey Naava's Aliba Wana. PHOTO/Roderick Ahimbazwe

true
A winner's smile indeed . .. sh50m and a recording contract, what more could she ever have asked for?

 

Also related to this story

Grand Finale: As it happened

Daniel Kaweesa wins Coca Cola Rated Next

Coca-Cola Rated Next Sing It is back

The search goes to Masaka

Performances, eviction and probation, all in one night

Comedy prevails at Rated Next auditions in Lira

Ruth Grace wins Coca Coca Rated Next season two

More From The Author