The penultimate evictions of the music reality show MTN Hitmaker, came-off in fantastic style last weekend with just a single vote separating two of the bottom three contestants from eviction.
Cecilia Osei Frimpong aka Cecil Smooth and Prince Owusu/Emmanuel Afful (duo) aka PE faced the judge’s vote. With judges votes taking their fates to deadlock the competition sadly said goodbye to Cecil Smooth and PE.
Abusuapanyin Chikicherkerr survived eviction with a single vote ahead of closest rival Cecil Smooth when he pooled 1566 votes against Cecil’s 1565. PE pooled approximately 1200.
Judges, Bessa Simons and Zapp Mallet were of the view that as the competition has been so keenly contested, viewers should expect more entertainment and creativity from the grand finale.
Bessa said: “I think we have the best four in the finals but I expect that we are going see a lot of nervousness because it is the final stage. ….Normally you wouldn’t see a fantastic show at the end because everyone is over anxious but with these guys, the way they have been performing so far, the grand finale is going to be really great! ”
The show’s music director added, “It will be an experience to see performances with a live band in the second season. Contestants have learnt a lot so they now have to build on it.
People know their faces and they have in their portfolio about five to six songs. Go out there and finish four more songs, treat it as project and see what comes out of it. Sometimes those who win do not even do anything but once you have this exposure, you have to capitalize on it.”
Zapp Mallet said viewers should expect nothing but fireworks and explosion on the final day. “These guys have done their best, you know they are kids and are now growing up in the music industry. The stakes are high and they are definitely going to put in everything they have to win the competition.”
He was full of praise for one of the finalists, Naterial for putting yet another exciting and entertaining performance.
Zapp Mallet hailed the show as unique when compared to other music reality shows. “Other reality shows have been practically about singing other musicians songs, but this is not necessarily about singing but making a hit that you wrote, composed, recorded and performed yourself,” he said.