FITS IN SEARCH OF FUTURE INSTRUMENTALISTS / VOCALISTS
A brand new and totally different kind of TV reality contest, Fortune Instrumentalists Talent Show (FITS), which is designed to allow established instrumentalists assisted by professionals in the music industry train and mentor budding talents to enable them harness their potentials in mastering the performance, production and marketing of their output in a 30-day intense training camp, has berthed.
According to the prime movers and initiators, the idea of FITS, came out of their review of the Nigerian entertainment scene and the reality shows thereof, which seems to always emphasize singing and dancing abilities. 'The advent of computer aided music is limiting the need for professional development of instruments playing abilities. FITS is conceived to bridge the gap by promoting the role of instruments playing ability in entertainment.
At FITS, individuals showcase their abilities in a national project where youths from all regions are given a life time opportunity to live out their dreams. All musical instruments, used and played in any part of Nigeria are considered for qualification and eventual selection of any potential participant. Vocalists are allowed to participate to compliment the efforts of the instrumentalists.'
Continuing, the organizers further explained that every season, a female and a male musician with demonstrated instrument playing abilities will be selected to act as the Queen and King of a Groove that will be created in a natural setting for camping the selected participants.
Shedding more light on the selection process, the organizers disclosed that they are eight regional selection centres across the country, to allow ease of access to the contestants. With a token entry fee that is payable into any Afribank , a participant is given a pass code to login into FITS registration portal to complete the entry form. 'Entry is open to anyone that can play an instrument or with good vocals.' Selection centres for the forthcoming reality show are: Lagos, Ibadan, Benin, Enugu, Abuja, Kaduna, Port-Harcourt and Calabar.
Three female and three male contestants will be selected from each venue to make up the 48 contestants that will head for FITS Groove located in a remote natural setting 'The camp is a typical African village setting where there is a King and Queen whose business in the camp is to mentor the 48 finalists that will eventually make it. The training diet will enable them improve on their skills as they are further tested and reduced in numbers to 36 contestants, after one week.'
While at the camp, individual contestants will be engaged in competition with a view to selecting the best hands on each type of instrument. The Judges will be drawn from the best in the music industry in Nigeria.
N6m and a record deal worth N5m with a prominent record label, will be taken home by the overall winner. While N3m and N1.5m, will be shared between the first and second runners up, respectively. There will be lots of consolation prizes for the other contestants.