… 135 qualify for Boot Camp

Auditions to select aspiring singers for the next stage of the X Factor competition have ended, with a total of 135 people selected from Abuja, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Kumasi and Accra.

Over 15,000 singers participated in the auditions, with Lagos having the highest figure of over 5,000 participants.

Globacom’s Head of Reality Shows, Sulyman Bello, said the shortlisted contestants will now move to the next stage of the competition, the Boot camp, which opens on Monday, June 3, and closes on Tuesday, June 4.

Successful candidates from the Boot Camp will thereafter progress to the next stage which is the Judge’s Home Visits scheduled for Wednesday, June 5 to Friday June 8. The judges are popular rapper Jude Abaga, widely known as M.I, father of Hip-life music, Ghana’s Reggie Rockstone, and veteran singer, Onyeka Onwenu. During the Home Visits, the judges will further asses the contestants to prune them down.

Bello explained that the top 9 Acts from this level of competition will then move on to the next stage which is the live performances and eviction through voting by members of the public.

Rated as the world’s biggest singing reality TV show, X Factor has been held in several countries including the United Kingdom, United States, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Spain. This is, however, the first time it has come to Africa courtesy of Globacom.

Unlike other singing reality shows, X Factor is designed to find new talents irrespective of age. It is also the only format where judges also double as mentors and compete against each other, which ultimately leads to more excitement and, most importantly, ensures that the best talent emerges winner at the end of the day.

The N24 million (USD 150,000) cash prize being offered by Globacom is the biggest prize money for similar shows in Africa. The winner will also get a recording contract with the internationally acclaimed label, Sony Music.