Icy silence and throbbing hearts await the final announcement of the results.
Out of the 19 contestants that took part in the quarter finals of the Celtel Star search 10 would have to make it to the semi finals.
The anxious audience at the Family Kingdom where the contest took place over the weekend went into a frenzy when Adrian Lewis, Alusine Bayoh, Daniella Grant, Denis Strasser- King, Ibrahim Bakarr, Jane Peters, Joselia Gbondo, Sia Yambasu, Solomon Flikinger and Tee Binta Kamara as the 10 to progress to the semi finals stage of the competition.
Nace Sackey, Vickey Fornah and George the ‘Judge’ were the judges for the competition
Whilst Nace and Vickey were the sensitive types with their comment George was the most feared, his scathing comments after the performances of the artist contributed largely to the fall off of the 9 contestants that did not make it to the semi finals.
Ibrahim Bakarr, who did Sean Paul’s “Always on my mind”, received the hardest hit by George who said his performance was “horrendous and useless.”
Ibrahim could not take the jibe and visibly fought the tears that started flooding from her eyes.
But the judgement of the judges were not all that mattered in that stage of the competition- quarter finals, the audience had a say in the judgement and they disagreed with George and voted him to the next round – the Semi finals.
Adrian Lewis thrilled the audience with a wonderful performance and was smoothly sailed to the next round by the judges and the audience, Music experts have said that he is a favourite to win the competition if he could sustain his pitch, choose the right songs and look out for the ladies in the competition.
Tee Binta Kamara, Joselia Gbondo, Sia Yambasu and Jane Peters were the nightingales of the night but Sia who came from Bo gave a startling performance that held the audience in awe.
George with the fiery tongue said he had to admit that Sia “mesmerized” him.
The competition is keener now as the 10 are into the semi finals. 5 will finally go to the finals and the winner of the competition will have 20 million Leones and Celtel will help him or her record an album, whilst the second prize is 10 million Leones and record an album will be produced whilst the third will receive 5 million and also record and produce a single whilst the fourth and the fifth will receive a million each.
Ballanta Academy is in the helm of all of this as they have been contracted to work with these promising stars to honour their talents and give out their best to become the star of Sierra Leone.