THE creativity of competitors in the Na Domo singing competition has shown just how promising their future in the music industry will be.
Na Domo organiser Mere Fong said one of the goals of the inaugural competition was to expose the raw talents in Fiji.
"What we found especially refreshing and truly rewarding was the creative flair evident in each competitor's performance. Here is the making of performing artists who have a promising future ahead of them," she said.
"This is what we set out to achieve and we feel confident the competitors will inject more versatility in the remaining shows."
The final elimination round was held at Downtown Boulevard on Tuesday night when 11 of the 12 contestants went through to the semi-final to be held on October 26 at the Lami Parish annual bazaar.
"Only one soloist bowed out of the tough final round of elimination, as all of the competitors lifted their mark yet again.
"All five groups remaining in the competition have progressed to the semi-final," Mrs Fong said.
"During the final elimination round the contestants were allowed to choose songs of their choice.
"This gave them the opportunity to apply and deliver what they had learned, in a more familiar and preferred context, so we were not surprised they took the show to another level," she said.
The three judges assessed the contestants on good use of voice transitions, improvement in stage performance and etiquette, boost in confidence level, appropriate song choice, ownership of an artist's style and stage presence.
Members of the public can now vote for their popular choice and this will determine those who make it through the semi-final stage.
Voting has started and will end on October 26 when the winners — two soloists and one group — will be decided by the judges.
Vodafone and Inkk users can text to 868 (S for soloists and G for Groups) with the initials of the soloist or group.
Local singing competitions have helped Fiji youngsters realise their potential.
Some talented young people who came through these competitions have embarked on successful singing careers.