By Charles Nwaoguji
No fewer than 10 talented youths would emerged in Catholics Are Talented (CAT) TV reality Show 2021.
The organizers said the show aimed at recognizing, encourage, showcase and reward unique talents originating from the Catholic Church, adding that in this premier edition, the competition shines spotlight on some of Nigeria’s most talented Catholics in Gospel music, instrumentalists, dancers, Comedians, Creative Artists, which would lead to job creation and self- reliance .
Speaking during the unveiling of the project, at Abuja recently, one of the facilitators, who is Chaplain wowcatholic Ltd and Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria (CYON), Abuja Archdiocese, Rev. Fr John Sixtus noted that the 10 Talented Youths will be selected base on ten categories: Creativity/Craftsmanship, Music, Comedy, Dancing, Poetry, Arts, Juggling, Sports and any other talent/performance.
Sixtus said that the grand prize winner gets N1, 500, 000.00 the first and second runner-ups get N1, 000,000.00 and 500, 000.00 respectively.Winners will be announced at the Grand Finale of the prestigious Catholics Are Talented TV Show 2021, on April 25, 2021.
He explained “Contestants are required to send a video of their performance. The duration of their video should not exceed 3 minutes. Their video should be accompanied by their name and their categories of performance.”
According to him, each submission is evaluated by the CAT board of Adjudicators. The Board of Adjudicators consisting of top select record producers, song writers, dance instructors, artistic managers, musicians and record label personnel are saddled with verifying entrant’s eligibility.
He noted that after screening is completed, successful entrants will be announced on February 10, 2021 and communicated through their e-mail addresses and via electronic and print media channels. Pictures and profiles of successful entrants in all categories will be published in all our sponsoring media newspapers, displayed on the internet and constant advert placements via television and radio.
He said that the First round voting commences from February 15, 2021-February 28, 2021. Successful entrants are added to a public voting poll and the general public openly vote for their favorite contestant via text messaging and online polling. The top thirty (30) contestants will advance to the Semi Finals.
“The CAT Semi Finals will take place in Abuja from March 13-14, 2021. Thirty (30) contestants selected from the second stage will perform in front of a panel of adjudicators and the audience.The panel of adjudicators and general public votes decides who advances to the next stage,” he stated.
He stressed that the second round voting commences from March 15, 2021-April 15, 2021. The thirty (30) contestants are added to a public voting poll and the general public openly votes for their favorite contestant via text messaging and online polling. Ten (10) talented performers are selected to compete in the Final. The Ten finalists will be announced on April 16, 2021. Their Pictures displayed on the internet and constant advert placements via television and radio.
“The third and final round voting commences from April 16, 2021 and will end during the live event of the Grand finale on April 25, 2021. In the third and final round voting, the general public will vote to determine the winners,” he added.
Speaking at the event, the Head of IT CAT, Onyekwere Godwin Nwachukwuneke said that they have carefully put up these selection committees and the board of adjudicators to ensure the selection and adjudication processes are of the highest standard; these rigorous processes and the excellent selections will build up the prestige of CAT worldwide, in a short space of time.
“We have also come up with a Mentorship initiative. We believe this to be the most valuable prize of all. The top Ten (10) finalists, will receive mentorship from some of the most experienced music and performance arts greats in Nigeria,”
“We are mindful of the need for a robust promotional campaign. We will deploy a viral marketing tactics for online engagement. We will launcha Social Media Contest where participants will have opportunity to win consolation prizes,” Nwachukwuneke said.
The Project Coordiator of CAT, Mr. Obiora, said the competition would provide an opportunity for unemployed youths to be gainfully employed.
He stated that this was the first reality TV show in Nigeria and in Africa that would promote Christian interests.