TECNO Own The Stage Mary goes home in episode 9 of the karaoke competition

Fifteen contestants from Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania started the quest for the TECNO Own the Stage $25,000 star prize. But only six were left standing by the time episode nine of Africa’s first televised karaoke competition went on air on Sunday, January 10.

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Fifteen contestants from Kenya, Nigeria and Tanzania started the quest for the TECNO Own the Stage $25,000 star prize. But only six were left standing by the time episode nine of Africa’s first televised karaoke competition went on air on Sunday, January 10.

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They were the Kenyan quartet of Pascal, Sikin, Mary and Ramar254; Mary the Nigerian, and Nandy from Tanzania. And they encountered their toughest challenge yet as they each faced off against a fellow contestant.

And with only three songs on the playlist – Omawumi’s ‘Bottom Belle’, Nico and Vinz’s ‘Am I wrong’, and Patoranking’s ‘Girlie O’ – it meant that each contestant not only had to give everything they had in their arsenal, but also had to outdo whomsoever they got paired with.

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The battles, however, only got underway after the contestants had received much needed advice from Nigerian-based Kenyan artiste, Victoria Kimani, who thrilled the audience with a rendition of one of her songs before calling on the contestants to “have fun and to remain focused” once they step out on the stage.

That set the tone for the evening’s opening battle between Mary and Nandy, with the Kenyan selected to perform ahead of the Tanzanian, who then stood by and watched as her fellow contestant performed Omawumi’s 2012 hit song.

It was thereafter Nandy’s turn to perform the same song at the end of which the judges – M.I., Yemi and Bien – declared the contest a draw.

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The evening’s second battle was a showdown between the show’s most outstanding acts, Pascal and Shaapera, who had to separately perform Nico and Vinz’s 2013 hit song.

First up was Pascal who practically brought the house down with a superb rendition of the award-winning song. But no one was expecting anything less from the affable Kenyan.Alt 6And with such a performance it was always going to be hard for anyone to replicate or surpass it. But Shaapera isn’t just anyone as she gave another hint of why she is one of the frontrunners for the show’s star prize with an electrifying performance which, like Pascal’s, also had the audience and the judges excited.

The judges ran out of superlatives during their appraisal of both contestants with an excited M.I. going as far as predicting that they could likely end up competing in the TECNO Own The Stage grand finale; a statement concurred by Yemi and Bien.

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It was thereafter the turn of Sikin and Ramar254 to engage in an all-Kenyan battle for supremacy with their respective rendition of Patoranking’s 2011 song, at the end of which Ms Kimani thrilled the audience once again before the judges announced the three contestants shortlisted for eviction – Shaapera, Mary and Ramar254.

But only one had to go, which turned out to be Mary.

So for a second successive week a Kenyan drops out of the race for the TECNO Own The Stage top prize. But Ramar254, Sikin and Pascal are still in it alongside the gorgeous Tanzanian, Nandy, and the lively Nigerian, Shaapera.

And they are scheduled to make a return next week when they would be performing songs originally composed and performed by the judges.

So mark the date and time on your calendar, follow the contest on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and don’t miss the next episode on the various Africa Magic channels and on Masha Magic East. Broadcast times are:

Africa Magic Showcase – Sundays at 19:00 CAT

Africa Magic Urban – Sundays at 21:00 CAT

Africa Magic Family – Wednesdays at 19:00 CAT

Masha Magic East – Tuesdays at 18:30 CAT.

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