Now, that is what an East Africa’s Got Talent semi-final should be like.
The acts were so good that even when the votes from the viewers came in, it felt slightly unfair to those that were being sent home.
So tight was the second semi-final of the talent show last Sunday, that any of the day’s six acts could have gone to the finals and won it all. Tanzania’s Liz Raphael aka Lizzy did well with her choreographed unique aerial hoop acrobatics.
Surprisingly the Ugandan Mutesasira siblings – Esther and Ezekiel – also had to endure a nervous ending when they had to battle it out with the competition’s first golden buzzer, eight-year-old compatriot Leyna Kagere, after the viewers sent the Rwandan Intayoberana dancing troupe to the finals. The Mutesasiras are so good that even when they don’t win the prize money, their future looks so bright.
Kagere did not sing as well as she did last time round. It was a no-brainer that she only got one of the four judges’ votes. It was not her best performance. Kenya’s Yada Dance who tell their story through contemporary dance, could have easily made it to the finals as well, but the viewers did not think so.
Not forgetting Kenya’s Tetemesha dance crew who told the story of slavery through dance. Again their act could have easily made it to the finals without raising any eyebrows.
There will be another semi-final this Sunday before the finale on October 6 that will reveal the winner of the $50,000 (about Shs 185m) prize money.