Reach for the stars

On her second attempt, Faith Kruger was chosen as the central region winner of the TopStars signing competition for her stunning performance in the final round.

Last year she fell by the wayside but returned this year and gave her best.

The Bloemfontein singer impressed the panel of judges who adjudicated about 15 contestants, soloists, groups and duets at the event held at the President Hotel in Bloemfontein on 17 July.

The regional final was for contes­tants from the Free State, Northern Cape and North West who entered the 2018 TopStars singing competition of the Shoprite Group of companies.

Kruger, who also sings in the church choir, superbly belted out “A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin. Judges unanimously voted her as the winner for her performance.

“I was hopeful to do my best, but winning was never a done deal when looking at the performances of the other contestants. I believe there were contestants who were equally good, if not better, than myself in the final round.

“Last year was an eye-opener on what is needed as a performer and I went back to practise perfecting my performance,” Kruger said.

She opted taking to the stage as a soloist and she impressed the audience in attendance. Her rendition of “A Natural Woman” and her voice were a perfect fit.

As a regional winner Kruger has qualified for the national finals on 20 October where the 2018 TopStars overall winner will be chosen.

The singing contest is run by the Shoprite Group of companies for their more than 148 000 employees across Africa and its islands in the Indian Ocean.

Kruger is a regional secretary and is based in Bloemfontein.

TopStars is an uplifting personal development project in the guise of a singing competition for ordinary retail workers.

Participation gives employees the opportunity to look at themselves in a different light, to explore their own possibilities and believe that anything is possible if you step up to an opportunity and try to achieve what you wish for.

Each semi-finalist receives on-the-spot coaching to ensure they perform at their very best for their moment in the spotlight.

“The value of the competition lies in validating every participant’s hidden talents with which they contribute to the work environment, their community and their own personal enrichment”, said Mynie Grové, well-known South African singer and songwriter.