MTN wraps up Project Fame Auditions


It was a tale of mixed fortunes for Project Fame hopefuls as the auditions for the 2015 edition of MTN Project Fame, Nigeria’s biggest and longest running Music Talent hunt competition was wrapped up in Ultima Studios, Lagos recently.

The auditions, which held last week saw music enthusiasts arriving from all over the country seeking to vie for a ticket that will qualify them for the next round of the competition.

The Lagos auditions was the fifth in the series with the initial auditions having held in Abuja, Port Harcourt, Ibadan and Accra, Ghana respectively. Not surprising, the commercial nerve centre of the country had the largest turn out as the fame seeking music enthusiasts turned up in droves seeking to convince the judges that they were good enough to make it to the next round of the competition. However, some of the aspirants, having tried their luck in the auditions held in the other cities, turned to Lagos to achieve their dreams of fame and fortune that Project Fame promised.

While the auditions in other cities across the country were held over two days, the Lagos auditions stretched for 3 days as the registration formalities and pre-audition screenings took the first two days while the screening proper took place on the third day.

Indeed, the pre-audition exercise in Lagos was an intensive exercise. During the two days of the exercise, the teeming crowd were pruned down by a host of some key stakeholders in Nigeria’s music industry including prolific producer, Tee-Y Mix, ace songwriter, producer and singer, Cobhams Asuquo, Owuro crooner, Shola Allyson and voice coach and member of MTN Project Fame Faculty, Ben Ogbeiwe. Others included Gloria Rhodes, Ade Bantu, foremost music voice coach and member of MTN Project Fame Faculty, Dupe Ige, and Tosin Adesina, a past MTN Project Fame contestant amongst others.

The auditions proper saw the trio of Cobhams, Gloria Rhodes and Shola Alyson sitting in as judges to decide the fate of the aspirants who made it through the pre-audition stage.

Speaking generally on this year’s edition of the MTN’s Project Fame auditions, Cobhams Asuquo described MTN Project Fame as Nigeria’s most consistent musical talent hunt platform.

According to Cobhams, the rigorous procedure of the entire competition was the reason why musical talents like Iyanya, Praiz and Chidinma have emerged from the platform.

He said: “Over the years, the competition has been able to produce music stars like Iyanya, Chidinma, Praiz and others and this is no mean feat. It just goes to show that when we say Project Fame is Nigeria’s most consistent music talent hunt competition, it is no exaggeration. We are optimistic that at the end of the day, this edition will produce even more talented superstars than previous editions”.

This year’s edition of MTN Project Fame auditions featured the innovative Voice Auditions where aspiring contestants were given the opportunity to record and submit their songs via their telephones.

The next stage of the competition will feature live performances from the qualifiers from Lagos, Abuja, Ibadan, Accra and Port Harcourt who would vie for the right to enter the famous MTN Project Fame Academy.

The overall winner of the competition will walk away with a grand prize of N5m, a brand new SUV and a recording deal worth millions of Naira. The 1st runner up will get a saloon car and N3m. The 2nd runner up will be awarded a brand new saloon car along with N1m while the 3rd runner up will receive a cash prize of N1m.


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