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Step-Up top-10 wows Maseru

Nthatuoa Koeshe

THE top-10 of local talent search show Step-Up on Wednesday evening showcased their talents for the first time after reaching their milestone a fortnight ago.

The 10 performed at a cozy event attended by mostly contestants’ friends and family Victoria Hotel. The event was also attended by the Deputy minister of Home Affairs, Machesetsa Mofomobe and Vodacom chief executive officer (CEO) Phillip Amoateng among others.

This was their first performance after the Bocheletsane Combined School contest from 12 to 14 July.

On Wednesday, they were tasked to perform in pairs and they indeed proved that they had done their homework.

They performed different genres among them reggae, R&B, rap and afro jazz leaving their audience yearning for more.

One of the producers of the show, Paul Banda said the event was meant to introduce the show’s followers to the remaining contestants.

“We wanted people to see who we chose because this is their first performance since making it into the top 10,” Banda said.

He said they would start eliminations on Wednesday. He added that they would host shows of a similar nature every Wednesday followed by eliminations until they get to the top three.

“The next Wednesday we will be having another show themed ‘I am a Mosotho’ where the performers are expected to perform local songs after which we will eliminate one contestant,” he said.

Amoateng said he was impressed with the talent that he has seen in the top-10 adding that he was glad that Vodacom was part of this life changing show.

“I am happy with the performances and the great talent this country has,” Amoateng said adding that he hoped that they would be part of the show next year.

Some of the contestants told the Express People that although the competition was tough, they appreciate the experience that it affords them.

“I am grateful to be part of the top-10 despite the stiff competition that we had to go through. My faith in God has kept me going,” one of the contestants, Tamia Phooko said.

Another singer Tumisang Thaathe said he was grateful to Step-Up for the wonderful experience.

“I have been learning a lot since I got here and I am glad I am part of the top-10 even though the competition is stiff,” Thaathe said.

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