On Wednesday 29th of March, the BuzzNigeria crew were live at the Grounded talent search grand finale which took place in Enugu.
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Front line talent management and entertainment company “Grounded Promotions” was on a mission to raise the next superstar via its just concluded event tagged “Grounded Talent search”.
Grounded Talent Search
Grounded Talent Search is a musical talent hunt search designed to hold annually and its debut had auditions held in Anambra State, Imo State and Enugu State. The show promised to feature the finest talents available in the Eastern region of Nigeria between the ages of 18-40 years old.
The Grand Finale
The grand finale took place at Villa Toscana Hotel and had participant coming down from various parts of the Eastern region of Nigeria. Though the contestants were all hyped and ready during the early hours of the day; the show officially kicked off at about 2pm in the afternoon.
- Event Setup and Organization – 7/10 (Though they were not disciplined in regards to time, everything else was handled professionally and they deserve a thumbs up for the venue location and setup).
- Crowd Turnout & Guests – 8/10 (Considering this was a talent show, the crowd turnout and invited guests deserve two thumbs up).
- Judges – 8/10 (They made an effort to pool in 3 talented and well-informed judges from three totally different sectors in the industry).
- TOTAL EVENT RATING – 8/10
The judges was a selection of some of the best talents available in Nigeria; consisting of two males and one female. Among the male judges was the gifted producer “Masterkraft” and the renowned artist manager, writer & PR strategist “Toks Asher Young”. The female judge saw a slight twist as the talented singer “Chidinma” could not make it and so “Nneka Onwuatuegwu” a media personality was brought in to fill her shoes.
The judges were very professional, had a lot of advice to give each and every one of the contestants and they truly made the show sail smoothly right from the start to the end.
The show had quite a number of big names present. MC Lordell was the official MC for the day, he did a lovely job in keeping the crowd in check, while he conducted interviews backstage with the contestants after their performance.
Deejay Loopy was simply amazing; he kept the crowd entertained and on their feet during the break with his mind-blowing selections and clean cut blends.
It is safe to say any event held in Enugu without having the playmaker, Phyno in the house is not a successful one! Phyno was the highlight of the day on the VIP guest list, he showed up with a number of industry players; amongst which was Mr Diggy AKA Slowdog.
Quincy Raph was also in the house and though he came fashionably late; we caught up with Klint Da Drunk at the parking lot minutes before the show was officially over.
Prizes To Be Won & Eventual Winner
The talent search grand prize was N3,500,000 in a recording/management deal (not in cash). The 1st runner up gets a cash prize of N200,000 and productions from top producers (Major Bangz and Kezyklef). The 2nd runner up gets a cash prize of N100,000 and productions from Major Bangz and Kezyklef.
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Though the official age bracket for the talent search was set between 18 – 40 years of age, the winner of the just concluded Grounded Talent Search was a 15-year-old boy, Bright ‘Bshine’ Akabike.
On a final note, I was impressed with the organisation of the Grounded Talent Search Finale, the location, judges, personalities, branding and event setup was spot on! Of cause it wasn’t perfect; as there was one or two disorganization at the beginning of the event, but it was well handled in good time and the team from Grounded Promotions delivered nothing short of a good job.
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