As expected, the Port Harcourt regional finals in the on God’s Children Great Talent (GCGT7) was intense; contestants came prepared to battle for a place in the semifinals.
The show, which aired last Sunday, profiled incredible talents from singing to dancing, comedy and spoken word, with a hope of becoming the next in line for selection to the semi-finals. The five regional finalists produced from Port Harcourt include 11-year old singer Nengi Jaja, spoken word performer Raymond, aspiring singer Blossom, drummer Joseph and singer Esther, who the judges described as having a jazzy texture in her performance.
However, the highlight of the night was when 11-year-old singer Nengi Jaja Donald, who is a true definition of ‘small but mighty’, left the judges stunned as he sang his version of Hallelujah with a rather big voice. Not left out to get an impressive ovation was Joseph who interacted extremely well with the drum set, as he played blindfolded, leaving the judges in awe.
On the other hand, Esther’s soothing voice got the judges on their feet, as she performed Then Sings my Soul, originally done by Hillsong.
For the contestants, possibility of winning the 250 million Naira management deal, 10 million Naira cash and a brand new car is high, but the grand prize goes to only one winner at the end of this season.
Commenting on the keen performances, award winning singer and voice expert judge, Omawumi said, “this is a competition that is grounded in the Christian faith, the person who would win, should have finesse, perfection and the desire to want it”
Producer Tee-Y Mix was of the view that “Opportunities that come with being on a platform like GCGT, goes beyond the money. The exposure is always so great.”
For dynamic dancer and judge Kaffy, “We are going to use the platform of the church and the guidelines of what it believes in to discover God’s given talent in young people by giving them equal opportunity as everybody out there in the entertainment industry”.
The five contestants selected from Port Harcourt will join regional finalists from Abuja for GCGT7 semi-finals coming up soon.
Meanwhile, audience can’t wait to see the next show as we look forward to GCGT7 Lagos regional finals, which airs this Sunday on Wazobia Max 3pm- 4pm, HIPTV 4 – 5pm, EbonyLife TV 6pm – 7pm, OH TV 6pm – 7pm, Dove TV 11pm – 12am, Silverbird TV 11pm -12am and NTA 3pm – 4pm.
God’s Children Great Talent has for the past 7 editions discovered and nurtured exceptional young individuals between 5 – 20 years old to embrace their gift for God’s glory. It is an initiative by the City of David Parish of Redeemed Christian Church of God and supported by the HOW Foundation.