THE University of the South Pacific's Got Talent competition is back and although the turnout at the first auditions was poor, organisers remain true to the aims and objectives of the event.
Second round of auditions were held on Tuesday at the Oceania Centre where 25 shortlisted contestants from the first round sang and danced their hearts out for a spot in the top 15.
Says USPSA social chairperson Nicholas Manuel, "The event provides a platform for the students of USP's Laucala Campus to portray their various talents.
"This is our way of showing that we also acknowledge the existence and importance of the skills and abilities of students that fall in areas other than the field of academics."
The talent quest, which started in semester two last year, boasts cash prizes as an added incentive for aspiring creative artists.
"Reactions have been positive since the inception of this event. Students appreciate that they are given an opportunity to showcase their talents and the fact that cash prizes are up for grabs is bonus," Manuel told Kaila!
"I believe activities like these are important for university students because it helps one to develop as a person. Such events can increase confidence levels in a person and subsequently one's level of self esteem.
"It allows students to broaden their social network circle and interact with people from different backgrounds and nationalities enabling them to learn and take back enriching experiences upon the completion of the event."
Manuel said the shortlisted contenders will go all out for top honours at the final event on April 26 at the Tattersals Leisure Centre in Suva.
"We hope to see more and better talents this year," Manuel said.
He said the first prize is $700, second prize of $500 and third prize of $300. Even the remaining contestants would receive $100 for their participation. The organising committee also has a social night planned for May 19.