EMTV’s Vocal Fusion wrapped up its season 7 competition with a firehouse grand final show over the weekend.
After weeks of competition, sleepless nights, tears of joy and looks of disbelief as the numbers dropped each week, only four remained standing.
Ladell Kiapgugu, the youngest of four contestants took out the grand prize, a whopping K75,000, with her powerful vocals.
In A media conference with EMTV, Ladell confessed to attending the auditions on a dare. The outcome: Bigger than she expected.
“Showing up to auditions was unplanned, I am a shy person and nobody knew that I could sing, not even my family”
“My friends and I went to Vision City to watch a movie and during a game of dare, I was forced to audition”
The 18-year-old, who hails from New Ireland province, was announced winner of Vocal Fusion Season 7 in front of an exuberant crowd.
Being part of the show meant that a lot of hard decisions and sacrifices had to be made, and as individuals, the final four contestants of VFS 7 had their fair share of hardships throughout the competition.
An emotional, Gwendolyn Worealevi, who flew in from Lae upon receiving a golden ticket during the auditions, expressed how tough it was to leave her children behind when she made the trip to Port Moresby.
“I didn’t think I would make it this far in the competition, and for me it was hard to be separated from my kids because they were very young when I left them”, Gwendolyn said through tears.
Despite their struggles, the final four contestants, Ladell Kiapgugu (Winner of VFS7), Nou Edmond (1st Runner-Up), Emmanuel Wanya (2nd Runner-Up) and Gwendolyn Worealevi (4th Runner-Up) are appreciative of the show and its outcomes and described it as a journey of growth.
The show ended with a full-house participation in dance and a final performance of an original composition led by Ladell.
By Helen Sea – EMTV News – Port Moresby