The four remaining rookie contestants in Maisha Superstar

The finale is upon us and four rookies are up for the grand prize.

Maisha Superstar promises to be a battle royale come next week Monday 4 May following the qualification of all four rookies into the grand finale.

This week’s semi-final episode was an anti-climax when two star rookies tied at the bottom though with improved performances scattering plans to eliminate either of them ahead of the final show. This drew sighs of relief from the star rookies’ mentors after being handed a lifeline to the finals.

The night’s performances began on a high note with a presentation from all the four rookies performing an entertaining blend of songs from East Africa’s renown musicians among them Lady J Dee of Tanzania, Radio and Weasel of Uganda and Nameless of Kenya. The opening act lit up the house with the audience screaming for more.

The first rookie to take to the stage was Phy from Kenya who for the third week in a row, garnered the lowest votes of the night’s performances after presenting Mwewe, a song written by Pianist Chris Adwar, but originally done by the group Sema. The team of judges and the audience were not swayed much even after her mentor Rabbit took to the stage to perform alongside his rookie.

Damian Soul coached by Tanzania’s Bongo artist AY was second on the podium with a well done rendition of Sina Makosa originally sang by the group Les Wanyika. He moved the audience with his on stage jigs drawing a massive applause. His star performance was however not good enough to garner the much needed votes to push him to the top of the chart.

Getting better each week albeit late in the show, Kenya’s Fil-ah thrilled the crowd the audience with his own composition Fatuma which earned him the second highest points of the night by scooping a whopping 89 points. Fil-ah’s change of music selection in the last couple of weeks has seen him rise to the top making a possible contender for the top prize.

The night’s star performer was however Chameleone’s rookie SpiritSoul who despite going against her mentor’s advice not to perform a song by the late legendary songstress Whitney Houston, bagged the highest points of the night enabling her to retain her second spot in the show on accumulative scores. With her strong voice and towering height, SpiritSoul set the stage ablaze with her execution of Whitney Houston’s I Have Nothing, giving her the lead with 90 points.

Maisha Superstar Show wraps up next week when one of the four rookies will be crowned the Ultimate Maisha Superstar and walk away with a Ksh 1.2 million cash prize and a recording deal with a major recording label.

Maisha Superstar, a production of Endemol Shine Africa for M-Net East Africa airs every Monday at 20:00 on Maisha Magic Channel 161 on DStv with repeats Tuesdays at 15:00 on Maisha Magic Swahili Channels 158 on DStv and on GOtv.

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