The National, Friday 24th August 2012
THE country’s most anticipated singing competition – Digicel Stars 3 started its first audition at the Alotau International Hotel, Milne Bay, last Saturday with aspiring singers from all over the province turning up to take part.
There were 80 contestants at the audition but only seven successfully scored themselves a golden ticket that guarantees them a spot in one of the six upcoming heats scheduled to start on Sept 30.
Alotau’s seven golden voices were Ruth Elijah, Rhona Conn, Norman Evernet, Stephanie Gawi, Joshua Mathew, Dalianna Maraga and 16-year-old blind vocalist, Singh Owen.
Contest head judge Allan Kadea, aka AKAY47, encouraged the contestants to continue to practise now that they had made it into the heats.
“You now have a guaranteed spot in the heats but that should not stop you from practising more,” he said.
“You have come this far but you still have a long way to go so keep practising hard as you will be up against some of the other best talents from Goroka, Lae, Kokopo and Port Moresby throughout the competition.”
Successful contestants who make it into the heats will be competing for K10,000, a recording contract with Fuzzy Wuzzy Vinyl and the latest top-of-the-range Samsung Galaxy SIII handset.
The second Digicel Stars 3 audition will be staged at the Bird of Paradise Hotel, in Goroka, Eastern Highlands, tomorrow.