Judges of East Africa’s version of ‘Got Talent’ were announced in Nairobi this past weekend.
The four judges who were unveiled at a star-studded event on Saturday (13.07.19) include Tanzanian songbird Vanessa Mdee, veteran Kenyan journalist Jeff Koinange, Ugandan radio presenter, TV host and actor Gaetano Kagwa and Rwandese DJ Makeda Mahadeo.
The Eat Africa’s Got Talent show will be hosted by Ugandan comedienne Kansiime. Over 21,000 contestants from Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya took part in the auditions.
In Kenya, auditions were held in Nairobi, Kisumu and Mombasa. Only 18 contestants will make it to the finals with the winner walking away with $50,000 (Ksh5 million) prize money. The show will be aired on Citizen TV starting August 4 with the finals set for October.
The judges and members of the public will have their say to determine the contestants who will remain on the show or go home. The winner of the finals will be determined by votes from the public.
Vanessa Mdee alias Vee Money said she is thrilled to be part of the show as she was discovered in the 2007 MTV VJ search. “Being part of this gives me fullness because I was also discovered from a talent search competition. This experience makes me feel so special and I assure people they will love this” Vanessa said.
As reported by The Sauce, the ‘Got Talent’ show was founded by British TV producer and talent competition judge Simon Cowell. ‘Got Talent’ show currently runs in 59 countries across the world including the latest addition of the four East African nations.