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Semi-final spots for lucky 15

Tevita Vuibau
Monday, July 14, 2014

FIFTEEN performers are through to the semi-finals of the KAILA! Star Search competition following Saturday's quarter-finals at the Suva Civic Centre auditorium.

And the audience and judges did not go home disappointed with many commenting on how much each act had developed over the course of the competition.

Hibiscus Events Group public relations manager Lice Movono-Rova said the 24 acts wowed the judges and there were a number of standing ovations.

"Our chief judge Peter Rockford Espiritu, the creative director of the Oceania Dance Centre, basically said that he was quite blown away," Mrs Movono-Rova said.

"He did not know what to expect and was blown away by the quality of work."

She said the performers were paired by their mentors and given songs to showcase their full range of talents.

"What happened when they were paired up is that the mentors were able to choose songs on what they thought strengths were and there were standing ovations and definitely a lot of jaw-dropping performances."

She said judge Jackie Leota found the repertoire of music to be quite refreshing

"Normally we expect the performers to sing songs that are popular at the moment but last night we had a good range of iTaukei songs, acoustic songs and songs that were classics. So we were pleasantly surprised by how children delivered their covers."

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