By Deo Wasswa
Tanzanian media conglomerate, Clouds Media has today announced the inaugural season of East Africa’s Got Talent TV show to be shot in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.
The show will be adapted for the East African Market in partnership with Free mantle SYCO and Rapid Blue Productions from South Africa.
Speaking at the launch, Joseph Kusaga, CEO, Clouds Media International note that the show, which is part of “Got Talent” franchise started in 2014 by Simon Cowell will see acts ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous battle it out for a chance to be crowned the most talented East African.“We are excited to bring this show to East Africa and give performers of any kind a chance to showcase their talent and tell the East African story through song, comedy, traditional music instruments and magic’’. He added.
Auditions for the show will kick off in Kenya in May, with pre-auditions in Nairobi then move on to Uganda on 19th May at Pearl of Africa Hotel, and to Tanzania and Rwanda. The show, due to start airing in August this year, will have 10 episodes, with the semifinals and grand finalé shot live on location in Kenya.
Qualified participants from Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda will travel to Kenya for the live shows. The winner will walk away with USD 50,000 (UGS 190,000,000) as voted by the audience.
“Got Talent” is the world’s most successful reality TV format ever and has since spawned spin offs in over 60 countries. The “Got Talent” format has had more than 900 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006 and has aired in 194 markets worldwide.
It is open to performers of any kind, including singers, dancers, instrumentalists, magicians, comedians and novelty acts. Ugandan comedian Anne Kansiime has been announced as the host. Judges will be announced at a later date.