While many have dismissed local talent search show My Star for failing to produce any âreal starsâ in the eight years since its inception, the showâs director Keabatswe âMaster Deeâ Sesinyi says the show has changed lives and fulfilled dreams.
“I know that people have criticised us and accuse us of failing to deliver on our promise of producing stars. What they are forgetting is the fact that all those who won this competition are still studying in South Africa. I do not expect the likes of Kitso (Selato), Tebogo (Tlhagadikgora) and so forth to give priority to recording albums instead of first focusing on their studies,” he said.
Master Dee said the show has also benefited even those who did not win the prize. He said by participation contestants got exposure hence some have been employed after featuring in the show.
“Tshephang did not win but got an opportunity and is now working in a hotel in Selibi-Phikwe, Norman is currently working in China as an entertainer in a hotel there after he was discovered on My Star and Sheila is also working in China. Through this show, we are creating a new generation of musicians because even the youngsters who come to watch get inspired to take music as a career,” he said.
There have been concerns over the years about the quality material offered by the contestants once they have reached the knock out stages.
Many have alleged that contestants are not introduced to professional vocal training.
However, the chief judge has denied such claims saying professional from various spheres of music were brought in to help the contestants.
“The past edition we took people to a reputable school in South Africa where they were drilled on things like studio management, music business and others,” he said.
Master Dee has promised an improved show this season. He noted that covering most parts of the country during preliminary auditions has given them a wider scope of talent, than before.
“People are right, after years of doing something people should expect improvement and that is what we are aiming for. I promise that people will see a big difference in this edition, especially once we reach the knock out stages,” he said.