NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 12 – Just like the meaning of his name Alpha got the most votes to win the third season of Tusker Project Fame at an almost perfect event at the EABL dome on Sunday night.
After two thrilling performances from each of the last four contenders for the Sh5 million bounty, Alpha was revealed as having the most votes by auditors PriceWaterHouse Coopers and promptly presented with his dummy cheque.
It was almost obvious that Alpha would win. His voice and energy on stage stood out clearly from among his competitors Ng’ang’a, Caroline and Patricia, who came second, third and fourth in that order.
“It’s just God. I am so happy to get this,” he told Capital News after the event.
“I had a feeling I would win, because I had put my all into it and felt like I stood out. I am so happy with the support and love that I got from my fans. This is like a dream come true.”
Judge Ian Mbugua’s face fell the moment it was announced that Patricia got the least votes of the four contestants, earning her the fourth place slot.
She took it in stride. Fans however believed that her tough luck was brought on by Kenya’s split votes and viewers opting against Patricia because of her voting out Debarl weeks earlier.
“I am happy that I got that far. I know the exposure will work in my favour,” Patricia told Capital Newsbeat.
Caroline was the next to be called in third place. The Ugandan crooner with sexy dance moves had stunned the crowd just minutes earlier. She took in the news with her usual soft wide smile.
After that, with just Ng’ang’a and Alpha on stage, it was a no brainer. The girls in the crowd went crazy and had to be shushed into silence so that Alpha was announced as the winner.
The dome was packed to capacity with people even crowding the entrance. They clapped and stomped their feet to cheer Alpha, groups of fans waving the Rwandan flag and some even dashing onto the stage to hug him. They were quickly escorted off the stage!
Hosts Sheila Mwanyigah and Dr Mich Egwang started the evening off with electric energy, teasing the contestants and showing clips from their time in the Academy.
After playing clips of the teachers and judges, Dr Mich managed to tease Ian into show contestants that he could sing. Ian belted a splendid rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”, drawing cheers from the audience and comments from the contestants. Some told him it was a good job, while Patricia said he ‘should use the stage more’.
Organisers said that a massive 600,000 votes were cast, with a huge chunk of them from Rwanda.
EABL Group Managing Director Seni Adecu described the event as a major success and said that fans should wait for season four… As they wait, EABL, which recently ventured into Rwanda, will no doubt be selling a LOT of Tusker.