By Denis Dibele
Just a couple of weeks ago, Tusker Project Fame was launched in Kampala. Over the weekend, the auditions kicked off and judges, TV and production crew hit the road to the West Nile town of Arua to scout for young talent in music.
The sixth season of East Africa's biggest and most inspirational musical show under the tag line "Take the stage" is looking for an all rounder entertainer and showbiz kind of person who is not afraid of utilizing the stage.
The Arua auditions kicked off at the Dessert Breeze hotel in an upscale neighborhood in the outskirts of Arua town with a relatively small number of contestants.
However as the day went by, the judges managed to sit through the auditions and picked three contestants who will make it to Kampala and tussle it out with other contenders in Nairobi to represent Uganda at the East African level.
The judges; Benon Mugumbya, Arua One radio presenter Stella Atizuyo and Bush Baby endured what seemed like energy- draining auditions as some of the contestants did not seem to understand what Tusker Project Fame was looking for and what kind of level of music the judges were up to.
Some came dressed ready to take on the challenge while others clearly walked from the garden to come and audition as seen from their dress code.
Tusker Project Fame 6 comes back to our screens in a new format where music groups comprising not more than 3 people will now be able audition making the competition tougher.
Follow up and voting for the contestants will also take place through improved digital platforms, weekly music director and legends visits coupled with a new faculty and judges.
Out of the 50 contestants that auditioned, the judges had to do with three; Adam Mandela, Winnie Akot and Mukuna Tchidere and these will require a lot of training to match with contestants from Mbarara and Kampala.
Bush baby said there was talent in Arua though Tusker Project Fame looks for people who can sing and entertain; the Arua contestants mainly did traditional folk songs which gave them slimmer chances of making it to the next round of auditions in Kampala.
With Uganda having won the competition twice, the participating countries might be ready to deal Uganda a blow so that they too take home the prize money of sh150m and a recording contract.
Auditions in all participating countries of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and South Sudan are ongoing.
The daily highlights of happenings in the Tusker Project Fame house will be broadcast on Urban TV, Bukedde 1 & 2 and TV West on Monday to Friday at 9:30pm-10:00pm and the live eviction and nomination shows on Saturday and Sunday starting from 8:00pm and 7:30pm respectively.