Dressed paradoxically in Arabic apparel, the ladies welcomed the crowd with a patchy choreography that merely served to show that the girls may not have had enough time to rehearse properly before the show[perhaps they may have still been jetlagged from their Egyptian holiday]. Amidst near falls and weird catwalk displays, the crowd would continue to cheer though it would get conspicuously softer by the minute.
Trigmatic and VIP last night earned their payments as they dazzled and thrilled a mammoth crowd of Accra’s party folk at the Malaika finale. In a show that managed to produce very few sparks, the two acts did not have to work too hard to please.
Again, it was a case of perfect timing almost; just when the crowd needed some lighting up after enduring a heap of uneventful displays from the delegates, Trigmatic was on hand to deliver. His set kicked off with a jazz trumpet rendition of “My life” before he jumped into it. Once he started, they never stopped singing along. Ironically, the joint that got the loudest chants was his cover version of Gyptian’s “Hold yuh
Earlier, Praye rode on the excitement of the crowd and got some cheers, before one after the other, the crowd was made to sit through a series of awful performances from the delegates. D-Black only managed to get his shine when joined on stage at different times by D-Cryme and Kwabena Kwabena respectively.
For some reason, there seemed a conspicuous lack of microphones and more than once Chris Attoh had to request for an additional microphone to get his job done. For some reason as well, Co-MC Naa Ashorkor almost looked and sounded nervous thus resulting in a host of slips in her pronouncements among others..
The jaded talent performances and presentations did little to alleviate the creeping boredom, and when Chris decided to make an event of each interview during the final round stage; most folks in the crowd had given up and begun dozing off.
, Banky W was a gamble that turned out well for Charterhouse though at some point his overly flirtatious antics got boring and his decision to use the Malaika stage to introduce his sidekicks was in bad taste.
However, not even Banky W and horde of newfound groupies, could do enough to rescue the boredom that would again settle in after his performance. Then came the final round where all much hyped grooming and training the ladies were purported to have been receiving came crashing down. One after the other, the very best Malaika delegates fumbled disgracefully on the question. Whiles we in the stands found it funny, the organizers may have been chiding themselves for a very poorly done grooming job that blew up in the faces.
As the night wore on it became apparent that, more than the crowning of the winner, the most anticipated part of the show as it drew closer to a slow climax, was the performance from VIP.
They could not afford to disappoint. In the space of a second, the auditorium transformed from an oddly quiet room to a concert arena, as the boys from Boogie Down Nima rode through their repertoire of hits both “old skul” and “new skul,” buoyed on by a relieved crowd yearning for some excitement.
After all was said and done, it all came down to who would win the crown of Miss Malaika 2010. At least judges of a higher caliber; including John Dumelo, Mrs. Kay Bentsi Enchill, Paul Adom Otchere, Jackie Appiah and Anne Sakyi. There’s no telling what their thoughts on the performance of the delegates may have been but they added a much needed charm to a lackluster night.
Right from the start, there were unarguably two front runners, the eloquent and talented Stephanie and the charming Ama; both seemed pretty popular with the crowd and out of the lot, they actually seemed worth watching. Stephanie was considered to be slightly in the lead as she had won the prizes for both Miss Eloquent and Talent; On the other Ama had also been adjudged Miss Congeniality.
When it came to the crunch however, Stephanie as well fumbled on her answer could not answer to satisfaction the ultimate question and even though Ama was hardly different, the notion is that the judges may have felt she had scored higher points than her closest rival.
She emerged victorious as Miss Malaika 2010 with Stephanie coming in at 1st Runner up with Bella in 3rd place. Reactions were mixed, with the verdict dividing the auditorium with a large section expressing disappointment at the decision to score Ama higher that Stephanie; whiles others celebrated Ama’s victory saying she deserved it.
|some people think Ama Nettey should not have won.|
For the mammoth crowd of party folk who paid GHC30 to watch what they had anticipated would be an amazing event, the end of the show sparked two emotions; the first being joy at having survived through the boredom wasting and the anguish of having paid for and sat through a night of substandard performances from the delegates as well bad organization from the organizer