South Sudan’s Nancy Chan fell out of favour with the Tusker Project Fame 5 audience after a wanting rendition of Katy Perry’s “fireworks” stirred the judges’ disapproval.
Nancy who has been on everybody’s lips for her strong vocal range and electrical performances was last Sunday eclipsed by Kenya’s Ruth Matete, who had the crowd in frenzy with an electrifying rendition of Beyonce Knowles’ hit song “Best thing I ever had.”
Her well projected vocals overlapped those of the back-up singers and her stage performance had the usually stoic Judge Ian Mbugua in a daze.
Kenya’s Doreen Nyawira escaped eviction by a whisker after a prolonged stretch on probation when the public voted for her to stay on in the Tusker Academy.
The contestants chose to save Uganda’s Allan Sekiranda who unfortunately could not stay off the probation list and is once again on the list this week after a weak performance of Chris Brown’s “She ain’t you”. Uganda’s Sharon Nahkioga was saved by the Faculty.
Allan’s performance was disappointing and got him in probation for the second week in a row, with the judges advising him to work on his diction and stay on key. Samantha’s performance of the British icon, Adele’s song got the judges showering her with praises.
Kenyan Steve Holmes had the judges divided over his performance of Usher’s “Without you.” Asked why he sang it with such emotion, he confessed that he thought of his girlfriend while performing.
The self-effacing Kenyan girl, Eunice Gutu performed Jordan Spark’s “battlefield” to a surprising approval from Judge Ian and disapproval from Judges Julianna and Hermes.
Sharon performed “California king bed” by Rihanna and was lucky to escape probation this time round.
Rwanda’s Fatma Muhonza’s rendition of a Jenifer Hudson’s “where you at” saw her take a lot of heat from the judges for poor mic technique and her inability to control her voice, putting her on this week’s probation list.
Tanzanian Damian Mihayo is also on probation after a flat delivery of a Bruno Mars’ track.
The five contestants on probation therefore are Kenyan Eunice Guttu, Fatma Muhonza from Rwanda, Tanzania’s Damian Minayo, Uganda’s Allan Sekiranda and Nancy Chan from South Sudan.
Tusker Project Fame 5 will see 15 contestants sing their way to fame with the winner bagging a top prize of Sh5 million cash and a recording deal worth Sh10 million with Universal Music Group, a multinational music company.