|The top five: From the left Doreen, Steve, Jackson, Ruth and Joe. [Picture: courtesy|
In the beginning there were 15 contestants from six countries. Now there are five finalists from three countries. One of them will walk home with Sh5M and a recording contract worth 10M. All these make for a potent mix, defying what seemed like a sluggish take-off, observes SHEILA KIMANI.
Ruth’s performance of Halleluiah was the first firing shot of the weekend, coming after Joe’s rendition of Bill Wither’s Ain’t No Sunshine, which received ecstatic cheers from the audience. It was hard to believe that these two were on probation.
Come Sunday, Jackson stole the thunder with a Lingala performance that thrust many onto their feet.
That has been the nature of what may end up as one of the most competitive finals; you never know who will sing you a religious rendition that well up your eyes with emotion, or a banger of a performance that will get you dancing.
Who would have imagined the Doreen, the Purple Diva hitherto known as the ‘Miss Probation’, thanks to numerous consecutive nominations for probation, would make it to this level? Who imagined, for example, that Samantha wouldn’t?
Steve, who initially seemed to stutter now has his vocal engines in a melodic purr.
Not that they have lacked in their own intrigues, even behind-the –scenes. Of the 15 contestants who made it into the academy, Ruth seems to have enjoyed her stay in the house the most especially due to her fun, social and loud nature. On the other hand, Joe admits that the house has made him an indoor person. Doreen has been the calm and reserved lady who was once ‘Miss Probation’, but broke free to finally be in the final five. Steve is the fun and funny lad, quite apart from Jackson who is a calm guy who goes about his business, but once it’s time to entertain, trust him to give an awesome performance.
Love in the house
Entertainment session was the time to unwind and during this time, the contestants would do gymnastics, watch movies or just chill and get to know each other better.
Doreen must have loved this moment the most since she confesses that if she could change anything about the house, she would add the movie time hours.
Ruth says that she loved hanging out with Samantha since their characters were almost alike but since she left, Jackson has been her new best friend.