The suspense and excitement in the Gulder Ultimate Search is reaching fever pitch even as the first batch of contestants exits the Ososo forest and the second batch commences hostilities. It has been a mixed bag for the first batch, some of who left the jungle with the sweet taste of victory, after scaling through to the next round, while the others are left with the sour taste of eviction.
Indeed, there was always going to be something different about this year’s Gulder Ultimate Search. Set in the rustic undulating hills and forests of the Ososo hills, Edo State, Gulder Ultimate Search 8 was making its way to Edo State for the second time since its inception. After hitting a record milestone of more than 26,000 applications, the highest since the commencement of the reality TV show, the Gulder Ultimate Search kicked off with screenings held in four zones across the country. Applications poured in from the nooks and crannies of the country and the four zones where screenings took place; Abuja, Owerri, Benin and Lagos, were swamped with the potential contestants seeking to make it into this year’s edition. After rigorous physical screenings as well as medical and oral interviews, the final 30 candidates to participate in the Gulder Ultimate Search emerged. For viewers of the reality show, it has been a radical departure from what used to be. Instead of the usual 12 candidates vying for the position of Ultimate champion, this year’s format saw 30 contestants entering the Ososo jungle in three batches of 10. Only three contestants will qualify from the three batches of 10 to make nine qualified contestants. The viewers would then be given the opportunity to vote back one candidate out of the remaining seven contestants from each batch who failed to qualify. This would make three contestants saved by the audience’s vote. The three contestants would then slug it out against each other for one remaining slot. This last slot will join the nine qualified contestants in the Contest of Champions.Already, the concluded proceedings from the first batch to enter the jungle have set the tone for what promises to be an exciting and suspense filled season of the Gulder Ultimate Search. For one, the dominance of the female contestants in the ongoing reality show has shown that Gulder Ultimate Search is not a solely male affair as originally perceived. Since its inception, the reality show has produced male winners with the females, content with vying for the position of The Last Girl Standing. Now, it appears that the days of men walking away with the ultimate prize in the Gulder ultimate search may well be over. The three qualifiers for the first batch of the 10 contestants are two females, Promise Ojiegbe and Anastasia Azike, while Kelvin Durst survived as the only male to qualify. During their stay in the journey, it was indeed, a female affair as four out of the five men dropped off, one after another. Only Kelvin Durst, the cocky half caste saved the blushes of the male contingent. Last Updated on Thursday, 17 November 2011 10:00
STAR CONNECTS, which shows that it is a catalyst for social interactions, celebration and fun as music is central to all of these. Undoubtedly, STAR and Music go great together; no wonder the brand has made tremendous contributions to the music industry; positively changing and affecting the lives of many Nigerian musical artistes; discovering new talents; and elevating many unknown musicians to fame and fortune through the brand activities – STAR Mega Jam, STAR Quest, STAR Trek and community festivals
ABOUT STAR TREK
Star Trek was introduced in 2002 as an annual nation-wide musical concert tour that parades the best of Nigerian artistes across 10 cities pan Nigeria. The objective remains to offer Nigerians in every nook and cranny a good share of the brighter life, in terms of entertainment and enjoyment. Star Trek is essentially a brand building activity designed to bring ”Star brightness” to all corners of Nigeria
In 2011, Star Trek will take brightness to many cities across the country. The venues for this year's Star Trek are: Gwagwalada, Auchi, Asaba, Nnewi, Enugu, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Aba, Lagos and Ondo.
Many high-rated Nigerian musical stars have joined the 'Trek' over the years. Entertainment giants like Sunny Okosun, Ras Kimono, Oliver De Coque,Daddy Showkey, Tony One week, Tony Tetuila, Muma Gee, Blacky, KC Presh, D'Accord, Obesere, D' banj, Faze, Black face, 9ice, Olu maintain, D'Jewels, Ruggedman, Iban, Lord of Ajasa and African China have graced the stage and shared the brighter life with STAR consumers.Last Updated on Thursday, 26 January 2012 11:48