All Hail Zuko… The king of Greenspring PC’s got talent
It was another season of competitive, glamorous, fun-filled and successful PC’s Got Talent, a reality talent competition by Greenspring School Lekki Campus, aimed at helping its students to discover their creative ability.
After being screened from 35 to final four at the semi-final, and what seemed a fierce battle for the Mic and the coveted crown, Zuko, a two-man group made up of Wale Ali and Prince, was announced winner of this edition, PC’s Got Talent Season 7’16 following the judges’ unanimous decision.
The group which had 74 points, dusted 34 other contestants before the large audience made up of the school’s board of governors, parents, teachers and students at the grand finale held at the school hall.
The final four — Zuko, Mister, Ekene and Dare — performed a Nigerian song of their choice to the admiration of the audience. Zuko coming on stage for their first performance, wowed everyone with the rave making Ojuelegba, a song by Wizkid, and Wale, like a star in the making, didn’t only own the song, he managed the stage and danced swaggaliciously, sending everyone into a party mood.
Some parents, who are at home with song, couldn’t help, but sing and dance along with new ‘starboy’ in the making. During the self-composed song stage, again, Wale and his partner, Prince, thrilled the audience with their Everything Gonna Be Over laced with the famous US West Coast beat. While Wale did the singing, Prince fused his rap style, making it a complete hip-hop.
From their probation, Wale and his partner surprised all including the coordinators led by Modupeola Oduloye, with their renewed energy and creativity as they coasted into the final with good points.
Speaking to Weekend Beat before the judges’ decision was announced, Wale said: “I don’t want to sound pompous, I will wait for the result; anything I see, I will take,” he stated shortly after their second performance (self-composed song).
“At first, I didn’t want to take part in the competition, but people urged me, saying I can do it as I have all it takes. I heeded their advice, took the challenge and we got to the semi-final, the final and we eventually won. I didn’t even know I was going to win, because at some point, I was nervous. I was more challenged by the performance of my juniors, and that was what motivated me to give my all,” he added.
On his plan for music, Wale, also a good footballer, as attested by staff and student said, “after my football career, I intend going into entertainment, music to be precise.”
Mister, an all-female group with 72.1 points, was first runner-up. They were tipped to go home with the crown, as they had all through the elimination stages showed that they were the group to beat.
Ekene, the only solo contestant and a budding talent in the stead of Chris Brown, with 66.9 points emerged the second runner-up, while Dare another all-female group, came fourth with 65.5 points.
Speaking on the talent hunt, the excited Principal, Mrs. Grace Benard-Oti, said: “I feel very proud of the children; it is a communal effort. Our ultimate goal is to bring out the best in them, and like they say, it takes two to tango.
“When we birthed the idea of PC’s Got Talent, it was about knowing that the world is going the way of entertainment now, and we don’t want to be stereotyped only about academics — physics, chemistry, biology, but also bring a lighter side to life to make the children bold.
We thought of using two things — music and public speaking — which we alternate yearly. Even though the competition is focused on entertainment (music) and public speaking, there are other side attractions like fashion parade, where the children showcase their designs like we saw during the event,” she said.
The evening was also spiced up with oratory from last year’s winner of the competition, Miss Toluwase Owoniga. There were performances from Olaoluwa Shodeinde, an electro-pop artiste; Kuyu Band and Pryce respectively. “I’m impressed with the talents I seen; I see stars in the making,” Pryce said.
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