Judges of the inaugural East Africa Got Talent show have been announced. They include: Jeff Koinange, a renowned media personality in Kenya who has worked for various news media agencies across the world, Gaetano Kagwa, a Ugandan actor and broadcaster who is well versed with the media scene in the region having worked as a presenter at Capital FM, hosted Tusker Project Fame and once a contender for Big Brother Africa, Vanessa Mdee, a Tanzanian singer and songwriter credited as the first ever Tanzanian MTV VJ, host of the epic Bongo Star Search and also a participant of the Coke Studio Africa 2019 television show as well as Makeda Mahadeo, a Rwandese media personality, deejay ( DJ) and emcee, who is credited as the first female DJ in Rwanda.
The judges will be critical in approving the contestants who will proceed for the next stage at the end of every act and give feedback regarding their performance. Contestants will be eliminated if they don’t get the majority vote from the four judges.
The show, which will be localized to suit the East Africa market is set to be broadcasted across four countries in East Africa, including, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda. The media partners will be Citizen TV, Clouds TV, NBS and RTV respectively.
The Coca-Cola Company was also officially unveiled as the official refreshment partner for the show across all four participating regions. “The Coca-Cola System believes in supporting the creative sector in the country and providing a platform where people can showcase and develop their talents across the region. We believe that the judges chosen have the capability of selecting the best acts for our East African audiences to appreciate and enjoy the show,” said Beatrice Nyamari, senior integrated marketing communications manager, Coca-Cola Southern and Eastern Africa Business Unit (SEABU).
They join Safaricom PLC who are the title sponsors of the Kenyan version of the show and one of the lead sponsors in East Africa through their M-Pesa brand; and the Access Challenge, who is leading the One by One Campaign, in direct support of universal healthcare and Kenya’s universal health care programme, Afya Care.
“The East Africa Got Talent show is all about giving a chance to East Africans to showcase their talent and as a brand that believes in providing platforms for people to thrive, we are very excited to be part of the show”, said Sitoyo Lopokoiyit, Chief Financial Services Officer, Safaricom.
The talent show will showcase a variety of talents from people of all ages in East Africa, with acts ranging from singing, dancing, comedy, magic, juggling stunts and a variety of other genres.
“We are excited to bring the Got Talent Global format home. We believe this platform will command a global audience for our amazing East African talents”, said Joseph Kusaga, CEO of Clouds Media International, the franchise holder.
The four judges will each have their own red buzzer. It can only be pressed once the judge has seen enough. When they have pressed all the four buzzers, the act must stop. Each contestant needs to receive approval from three judges in order to go through to the next round.
Due to start airing in August this year, the EAGT show will have ten episodes, with the semi-finals and grand finale shot live on location in Kenya. The winner of the show will walk away with Kshs 5 million (USD 50,000) as voted by the audience. The award could go a long way in developing his or her talent, or towards an entrepreneurial venture. The auditions will be edited into 6 episodes which start broadcasting on Sunday 4 August at 8pm (7pm in Rwanda) across the 4 regions