In case you did not know, East Africa’s Got Talent came to an end on Sunday (6.10.2019) with the brother-sister duo of Esther and Ezekiel Mutesasira winning the grand prize of $50K.
As reported on The Sauce, the finale comprised of six finalists, these were Comedic Dance Group from Uganda, Dance Alliance Network (D.N.A ) from Uganda, Jehovah Shalom Acapella from Uganda, Janell Tamara from Kenya, 40 member Spellcast from Kenya and Inteyoberana cultural troupe from Rwanda.
Esther and Ezekiel’s rendition of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey’s When You Believe’, won over judges and viewers who cast their votes as well as commended them using the hashtag #EAGTFinale.
The judges’ panel that consisted of Kenyan Jeff Koinange, Ugandan Gaetano Kagwa, Tanzanian Vanessa Mdee, and Rwandese Makeda spoke to The Sauce about their experience on the show, as well as their biggest highlights from the globally franchised talent show. Singer and performer Vanessa Mdee gave her take on the talent displayed and even gave insights on what to expect on the next installment of EAGT. Makeda gave context to the controversial golden buzzer that had many questioning her judging capabilities on the show.
The dynamic duo of Jeff Koinange and Gaetano Kagwa opened up about what it truly means to have a regional franchise and dished up some insights on the inner workings of pulling off such a grand production on a large scale. The twosome pointed out that the production has a bring role in bring the East African Community together, reiterating the fact that we are all one.
The second installment of East Africa’s Got Talent is yet to be announced, but the number of entries is set to double due to interest generated by the 2019 installment.