KEEPING their performance as youthful as possible is what this year's Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus King contestants hope to portray, rather than solely advocating their individual issues.
And according to Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Kings co-ordinator George Nacewa, every year each category has to come up with an item and this is quite challenging since they had to come up with new routines.
Mr Nacewa said for the past few weeks the contestants were taught new routines to prepare them for public judging.
"We try to get a feel of what the crowd like to be more comfortable with given that it's Fiji we don't want to lose that sense of Pasifika.
"...So our routine, we mainly focus on modern and traditional dances and we try and mix it up over the years.
"It's been challenging so it's a good thing that we have a choreographer here who does an amazing job with the boys' performances."
He said the response from the contestants had been great so far.
"These young men are given the opportunity to use this platform and advocate on issues. The hibiscus itself is more of a mileage talk about issues but the real work begins after hibiscus whereby we've adopted two projects."
Mr Nacewa said the festival was not just about coming to the stage and discussing issues — it was also about highlighting solutions to the views and actions of contestants.
"I urge the members of the public to come down and support the young talents this year because they are not only representing their sponsors or themselves but they are representing the issues of those affected so they are the voice piece of the voice less."