Five months ago, hundreds of hopefuls around the country auditioned for the first ever Pop Star Botswana contest, and this past Friday only one of them walked away with the Grand Prize of a recording and marketing contract with EMI in the UK. That is none other than 19-year-old Tshepo Motlhomiwa. Tshepo blew the audience away at the Annex room in Boipuso Hall. The show started off with two pairs of dancers who warmed up the stage with a few Latin moves, and later on Oteng and Tshenolo followed with a duet, paving way for our Pop Star contestants to grace the stage.
First on stage once again for a few weeks running was the ladies’ man, Smarh, who seemed to be not as popular with the crowd as we have all been used to. Truth be said, the young man was looking absolutely stunning in a black and white matching outfit with a tie, but whatever happened to his magic wand this time around, I really can’t tell.
He just failed to get the crowd up on their feet. Next was Tshepo who serenaded the audience from the very first song right up to the last. She showed so much hunger to win the competition on the night and she surely proved herself. At some point I looked at her on stage and saw a smaller version of Kelly Price. The girl will no doubt give the international artists a run for their money. However, Tshepo will not be flying off to the UK alone.
She will be accompanied by the other “winner”, who came in at about eight thousand votes below her, Kabo Matlho.
Master D revealed to the packed audience that he will be sponsoring Kabo from his own pocket throughout the trip, and we are yet to see if this would really materialize. Kabo’s performance was, however by far the most touching and eye catching of them all. His mother was there to support him and I guess this is what made it such a special performance above them all. However, the climax of the night seems to have come from Michael who has been popularly known as our Michael Jackson. The former pop star contestant who was in the top 10 stole the show as he gave out some crazy dance moves in an outfit that seemed to be the main attraction of it all. That was definitely the highlight of the night.
Each of the other top 10 were given a chance to each sing a song before our winners were announced and handed their prizes. Each of the three winners walked away with P3000 worth of prizes from Mascom, P2500, P4000 and P10 000 for the third, second and the winner respectively. It has indeed been a long journey for many, but as they say, there can only be one winner, and indeed that winner has been revealed.