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Tuesday, April 16, 2013


Reports trickling in indicate that Hiplife legend Reggie Rockstone will be one of the judges on the maiden season of Glo X-Factor Africa.

X-Factor is a Reality TV singing competition designed to find new talents. It is contested by aspiring singers, drawn from public auditions and is open to all ages, sex, styles, solo acts or groups.

Although unofficially announced, insiders have disclosed to Nigerian blogger Linda Ikeji that Reggie Rockstone and Nigerian rapper M.I are two of the three judges to be on the show.

Other music artistes like 2face Idibia, Sammy Okposo, Dare Art Alade, Obi Asika, Don Jazzy, Bantu, eLDee, and Cobhams were all approached but failed to make the cut.

Nigerian radio personality, Toolz, has also been picked as the Glo X-Factor presenter over Michelle Dede, Mo Abebe, Isio Wanogho, Matilda Obaseki, Ebuka Obi Uchendu and Femi Branch.

Meanwhile, auditions for X-Factor Africa began over the weekend in Port Harcourt.

The other stages of the competition include the auditions, in front of an audience; the evictions; the judge's day and the grand finale.

X-Factor has been successfully launched in major countries including UK, the United States, Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Spain.Glo is making history as the first company to bring the show to Africa. The ultimate winner of the show will cart home a princely sum of $150,000 (N24million), the biggest purse among current music reality TV shows.

The winner will also get a recording contract with the internationally acclaimed Sony Music for the recording of an album and professional management of the winning individual or group.

A major difference between the show and others is that the judges also double as coaches for the various groups. It is peculiarly split in stages, following the contestants from auditions through to the boot camp, the judges' homes; to the grand finale.

Accra and Kumasi in Ghana are also scheduled to host the auditions. The X Factor, a Syco-owned format, is produced and distributed worldwide by FremantleMedia.

BY Alfred Sarpong