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More than 100 invited competitors swarmed the Mall at Marathon Saturday for the first casting call of BTC Starmaker Season 3, hoping to wow the judges and earn a chance to go through to The Bahamas' version of Hollywood, the next round of Starmaker and a place among the first group of finalists in this year's popular Starmaker series.
At stake was a $10,000 one-year contract as a spokesperson for BTC, prizes, travel and national fame. Outside in the centre of the mall, contestants sang, clapped, crowds rallied round. It was loosen up and warm-up time. Inside the quiet room where the cameras rolled and the judges fought boredom, you could feel the jitters with the opening and closing of every door.
NASSAU, Bahamas -- More than 100 invited competitors are expected to swarm the Mall at Marathon Saturday for the first casting call of BTC Starmaker Season 3, ."
NASSAU, Bahamas -- American Idol, slide over. Dancing with the Stars, step back. The Voice, listen up. It's the third season of BTC Starmaker and by all accounts, it's the hottest, the toughest, the most demanding - and possibly the most rewarding for the local, home-grown, highly popular reality series - ever.
The first televised segment is set to air tonight at 8 pm on ZNS-TV 13 when viewers who pay close attention to the action get a chance to win a 4G BlackBerry or phone cards of up to $100 by answering questions on the Starmaker Facebook page.
Last Saturday the top 18 chosen from hundreds of hopefuls got a dose of what's like when camera lights heat up and the judges bear down. Over nearly seven hours of prepping and preening, being told what traits to display, what's hot, what's not and what it means to represent BTC, they were scrutinized on everything from product knowledge to the details of their own grooming, right down to crossed legs and trimmed cuticles.
At stake is local stardom, a one-year $10,000 contract and unlimited opportunities. Of the 18 remaining contestants, only two will be chosen, one in the junior category ages 13-17, another in the senior 18-30. Like their TV counterparts, their success will be based on a combination of judges' scores and popular vote. Already, this season's Starmaker page has more than 10,500 fans.
Nassau, Bahamas - Excitement meets stress, hearts race,
cameras roll. It's the most daring, critical hour of the BTC Starmaker reality
series, the Wild Card Show, giving two of those
voted off in the past a final chance to re-claim a spot among 10 finalists in
the competition of The Bahamas' best-watched reality show. It's Episode 7 of
the 8-week long reality series sponsored by BTC and contestants are being
schooled on all things Blackberry by guest speaker Jared Fisher of Research in
Motion - the company that brings you Blackberry.
For remaining contestants, it might
as well have been the semi-finals of The Voice or American Idol. You could have
heard a pin drop. Contestants listened to every syllable about features of
Blackberry devices knowing that the speaker, Fisher, would put their knowledge
to the test shortly during the final challenge of the series...
Rumble in the Jungle with a Jingle
BTC Starmakers’ final challenge tackles the art of advertising music at Ardastra Gardens
Excitement meets stress, hearts race, cameras roll. It's the most daring, critical hour of the BTC Starmaker reality series, the Wild Card Show, giving two of those voted off in the past a final chance to re-claim a spot among 10 finalists in the competition of The Bahamas' best-watched reality show. It's Episode 7 of the 8-week long reality series sponsored by BTC and contestants are being schooled on all things Blackberry by guest speaker Jared Fisher of Research in Motion - the company that brings you Blackberry.
More than 100 invited competitors swarmed the Mall at Marathon for the first casting call of BTC Starmaker Season 3, hoping to wow the judges and earn a spot among the first group of finalists in the popular Starmaker series.
At stake, a $10,000 one-year contract as a spokesperson for BTC along with prizes and the opportunity to travel on behalf of the company.
Outside in the center of the mall, hopefuls sang and clapped during the loosen up and warm-up time. Inside the quiet room where the cameras rolled, the jitters were palpable with the opening and closing of every door.
"What's your name and why do you think you should be the next BTC star?" asked Marlon Johnson, the company's vice president of brand and communications. Other independent judges were just as tough. "What do you mean you can rap and that's why you should win," said another. "We just had 68 people today who rapped. But go ahead, show us what you got."
In some cases, legs wobbled, and voices warbled, but confidence did not wane too often. Regardless of what they brought to the room, almost everyone who entered exuded confidence, even if what got them there was a bet with their mother, or a challenge from a friend.
The try-outs were the first in a series of weekly contests to whittle down the crowds to the 16 people whose auditions will be televised, giving the public the opportunity to vote for their favorite.
"This is the third year and Starmaker is growing so fast that every year we nearly double what we did the year before in entries," said Johnson. "Of the 300-plus entries, judges had already narrowed down the first groups and called the top 100 in New Providence to the try-out. Hopefuls lined up way before time with personalities bubbling, smiles dazzling and dreams soaring. They did not have to dance, sing or perform but [could] if they wished," he said.
During the initial round, competitors were not required to perform. The judges wanted to look them over to find two people between the ages of 13 and 30 who could be BTC's public relations representative for the remainder of the year.
"While being gifted in areas such as singing, dancing and playing musical instruments are added bonuses, the judges will be looking for [those people] who shine, who are confident, creative and demonstrate personality and poise when they are in front of the camera," said Johnson.
Saturday's casting call produced some of the 16 who will go on to compete in the eight-week series that wraps up with one junior between the ages of 13 and 17 and one senior between the ages of 18 and 30 walking away with the title and the one-year contract as the next stars of BTC.
This is the first year that BTC will have additional casting calls in Abaco and Grand Bahama, although Family Island applicants have always been eligible to enter.
Grand Bahama's casting call will be held on Saturday, March 10 and in Abaco on Sunday, March 11. Contestants from those islands are being notified of the time and location.
Three weeks after contestants are narrowed down through the casting calls, auditions are televised on Wednesdays and Saturdays on ZNS and on the website, BTCStarmaker.com.
This year's Starmaker series starts Wednesday, March 21.
Judges photographer Kovah Duncombe, modelling and etiquette specialist Deborah Geear-Bethell and image consultant and branding specialist Stacia Williams are back for another year.
BTC continues its ongoing support of Bahamian culture and entertainment by sponsoring the country’s first evening TV soap opera “Gippie’s Kingdom.” The $10,000 sponsorship of the upcoming TV program was announced at a press conference at BTC’s headquarters today.
Written and directed by Dr. Ian Strachan and co-produced by Travon Patton, “Gippie’s Kingdom” is an eight-part series which tells the story of three generations of the Gibson family. The soap opera features more than 30 actors and creatively probes social issues currently facing Bahamian society such as crime, domestic violence, Haitian-Bahamian conflict and marital affairs. Taking its audience from...