It is a wrap here in Mbarara, where the Coca-Cola rated next auditions just happened. 6 have made it to the national level where sh50miliion, a one year recording contract and an iPad have been staked
By Caroline Ariba
It is a wrap here in Mbarara, where the Coca-Cola rated next auditions just happened. 6 have made it to the national level where sh50miliion, a one year recording contract and an iPad have been staked.
By end of day one auditions, there were 151 auditions, whereof 8 made it to day two. However, by the end of the day two auditions, 4 more people had showed up, two of whom were among the chosen 6.
Doreen Mbabazi, a student at Makerere University, pursuing a bachelor's of arts in Drama and Film, was among those that missed out on day one, but came and wowed the judges.
In doing Juliana Kanyomozi's Kanyimbe, which by the way is a gospel song, Mbabazi had what the judges called; a sexy performance.
Ken Daniels Kayongo, one of the judges on the show said; "If you just muted there, nobody would know that you were singing about the lord. Even Jesus would have been like; hold up!" Anyway, all three judges thought she had an okay voice and gave her a pass to Kampala.
Imran Nyambala who came all the way from Masaka did Iryn Namubiru's Nkuweki, which failed to impress Esther Nabaasa, also a judge on the show, but did Ken Daniels. He made it to Kampala though after Siima gave him what she called; a reserved yes!
Then in came Yvan Kimenyi- a Rwandese national studying in Uganda, getting a nod from all three judges. His rendition of Bryan Adam's; If tomorrow never comes, got the judges thinking he was good but needed a bit of polishing.
Esther Nabaasa said; "I really believe that you have a real talent but there is something that you do at the end of every single phrase, which is not good." Ken Daniels also said; "Yes Yvan, that thing she said has me a bit concerned too. Let it be natural; I believe that you should let the music come naturally!" And Siima Sabiti, a judge on the show concluded by saying; "I think that you have a good voice, but I hope you are willing to learn." In the end, they all said yes.
However, Joan Peace Arinaitwe's performance of Congolese gospel group Makoma's Moto oyo, will go down in the judges' memory as the most impressive audition they have seen so far. To quote Siima therefore; "I love that song, I absolutely adore you."
Nabaasa then added that it was the best audition she had heard since this season's search begun. A rather hard to impress Ken Daniels gashed about it. "You came out all nice and humble; then you knocked me off my socks. You are a real pro, this is the best I have seen all through the auditions!" he gashed on and on.
Ann Logose's rendition of Adele's Someone like you got her through to the Nationals, as did Sarah Kobusinge's performance of re-known church song Joyful.
Interestingly, day two auditions had the medics like Kobusinge, a nurse trying out their luck at music. There was Assyan a Nigerian national pursuing bachelor of medicine here in Uganda.
Coca-Cola rated next sing it, is now showing on Urban and Bukedde Televisions at 7pm. The competition, now in its third leg is a partnership between Coca-Cola and Urban TV.
Coca Cola Rated Next: 6 make it from Mbarara