Preparations start for next edition of My Star competition
by John Regonamanye
Auditions of the next My Star 2012 competition are scheduled for December and the show is expected to kick off as soon as possible early next year.
“In terms of listenership, audience attendance in various corners of the country, the programme visited, the vigour and efforts the performers executed on stage, I consider My Star 2012 the best of all the seasons the contest has ever selected,” said My Star founder, Master Dee. “People talk about the Show and that alone speaks a lot about the programme.”
Master Dee said that one’s good efforts are judged by his or her neighbours.
My Star 2012 ended recently, with the fans of the talent searching programme blowing hot and cold about the show.
Sharon, Motswafere and Ayanda locked horns over the coveted P100,000 prize, the winner of which was decided by public voters.
Sharon eventually grabbed the prize, beating her competitors with votes, particularly Motswafere, who since the inception of Show, had been the darling of the audience.
Sharon’s sizzling dance moves on stage and her on target and voice won her the hearts of the people at the eleventh hour.
Master Dee does not buy the notion that the public votes compromise talent over friendship, urging the followers of the Show to rally behind their favourite aspirants by sending votes via mobile phone messages.
“Batswana do not vote but expect their favoured contestants to win,” he noted, maintaining that the programme will not change the existing system.
While the Show seems to appeal to the general public, all is not well on the government’s commitment to the project.
Master Dee decries what appears to be government’s lack of dedication to developing or building recreational facilities, saying at the moment they depend on government ministries’ facilities, such as schools and halls, which are often small and dilapidated.
In the absence of these facilities, they are forced to book private halls whose prices are quite steep.
The Show depends on the facilities to generate money at the door.
Master Dee is also not happy with some of the critics who, with insufficient understanding and evidence, undermine the initiative and insult the programme through Facebook and Twitter.
Master Dee shares the judges’ stage with DJ Sid and Kgomotso and, to date, the 5-year-old show, which targets the unemployed and the would-be wayward youngsters, boasts of producing stars like Bianca and Kitso whose albums are hits with the public.