This year’s My African Dream (MAD) talent search promises even bigger stakes as it brings back finalists who were in the KTV/MAD search between 1996 and 2010 to battle it out for an amazing cash prize amounting to P50 000.
The popular event also promises the winner of this year’s search a mini 3 part series on BTV.
“The show will focus on that winner’s journey throughout the competition and probably giving a little mention of their personal life,” MAD trustee, Alan Rundle, said.
He said that after celebrating its 15 years of giving prospective talent a platform to showcase what they have to offer, the trust considered bringing back the former finalists to the stage once more to see where their talent had taken them since the time they were contestants in MAD or KTV.
He added that at last year’s grand finale, they acknowledged 15 past finalists who have continued to chase their dreams but also realized that there are hundreds others out there who are “living the dream”.
Eligible for the competition are contestants who were selected from auditions and performed on the Maitisong/Grand Palm stage but who do not need to have won in their year of entry; they should have either been in the final, semi-final or the grand finale.
“We expect the entrants to show that they have grown in some way, to show that they are still living the dream. No matter how old they are and where they have been or what they have done with their lives since 1996 or any other year of the competition,” the MAD trustee told the Sunday Standard.
This year’s search promises to be even better with popular South African artist, Vicky Sampson, having committed to fly into the country for a week before the grand finale to work closely with the competitors, coaching them, and advising them about performing as well as about their career in the performing arts.
Rundle also said that the agreement is not official but that Sampson volunteered in her personal capacity.
Other than coaching the entrants, Sampson will also serve in the adjudicatory board as well as perform at the grand finale event.
This year’s panel of judges also includes Shike Olsen, Tshepo Ntshole, Owen Rampha, Socca Moruakgomo and Ollie Groth.
MAD is this year expecting between 200 and 400 entrants.
Auditions will start on the 4th of February through the 17th of April through a roadshow truck courtesy of Storm Roadshows.
The auditions will this year reach the entrants unlike in the past where they had to travel to Gaborone, Maun or Francistown to audition.
The road shows will also be held at Lobatse, Ghanzi and Selibe Phikwe. Other sponsors for the 2011 search are Mascom, BTV, River Walk, Showgroup Productions, Mmegi, Barloworld Motor, Air Botswana, Cresta, Primedia, Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Coretalk, Watermark Group and Avis.
The 2011 MAD search also calls on all designers to submit their designs in order for their designs to be chosen as the MAD T-shirt for 2011. The designers are challenged to incorporate only two colours under the overall theme for 2011, which is “Be inspired”.
Also beckoning is the MAD visual arts talent search, which is open to all artists, to submit drawings, paintings, sculptures and photography.
There will be three different categories namely, primary, secondary and school leavers.