Mike wins mentor 4
Mike HISTORY repeated itself last Sunday evening as another male contestant became winner of the Mentor reality show organized by TV3.
Twenty-three-year-old Michael Kesse Frimpong, who represented the Greater Accra region, beat his three other contenders - Sam, Angel and Julie - to emerge winner of the fourth edition of the Mentor reality show which was sponsored by Zain.
The event took place at the National Theatre in Accra after a downpour on Sunday.
Mike would be receiving a cash prize of GH¢1000 and a recording deal, while Sam, the first runner-up would get a cash prize of GH¢600. Angel and Julie, 2nd and 3rd runners-up respectively would take GH¢500 and GH¢400. The four would also receive various souvenirs from the sponsors.
So far, no female has been able to clinch the topmost position of TV3's reality show, Mentor.
The highest the ladies could go is the second runner-up place, leaving the enviable spot for their male counterparts.
The tone was set in the very first edition of Mentor with Ruth and Maya who wrestled the second and third runners-up positions respectively, leaving the ultimate win and the first runner-up for Prince and Andy.
Even in Mentor 2, none of the female competitors was able to make it to the final four.
In Mentor 3, Lisa was the only female to make it to the final four but lurked behind Faya, Paul and Erico.
Last Sunday wasn't good news either. Julie and Angel weren't on top of the game. However, the night wasn't a cool “chop” for Mike, as Sam really gave him a 'hot chase' even though he had a larger portion of the audience behind him.
While Julie and Angel each had two chances to perform, Mike and Sam who were the front-liners of the night had three chances to showcase their talents. In the first part, Mike did the song 'Careless Whisper' which was originally sang by Davekoz while Julie came up with Vanessa Williams' 'Save The Best For Last.'
Sam maintained the standard but saved energy for the next act with 'You Are Beautiful' by James Blunt. Angel was not bad when she did 'Almost Doesn't Count' by Brandy.
Judges Mark Okraku Mentey, Ansah Asare and Nanaa Frimpong indeed had little to say unlike they used to do in the previous weeks.
The show went more exciting in the second segment when each of the contestants had the chance to perform with their favourite music mentors. Julie performed 'Onyame Ni Mi Kamfo' with Lady Prempah, while Angel did 'Adie Ake' with Kweku Gyasi.
It was even more appealing when Sam stepped onto the stage with Kwabena Kwabena to do 'Obi Do Wo a' as Mike performed 'Kotosa' with Wutah.
After this segment, Sam and Mike came on top and they were given one lapse to show their difference. Sam was smooth when he performed Mark Anthony's “The Day I Met You Girl” but that could not withstand Praye's “Angelina” performed by Mike.
Eventually, Mike was declared winner as the votes also supported him. The night was not all about Mentor contestants, as big names like Slim Buster, Tinny, Shasha Marley and Prince Midas, and Tic Tac were also on stage to do their own thing.
By Francis Addo