Getting out of the office: Tantalize 2015 Auditions

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It’s the biggest inter-university talent show and the only university talent search in Sri Lanka. This is Tantalize. Organized by the Student Activity Club of APIIT, Tantalize has grown immensely over the years to become the platform for university students across Sri Lanka to showcase their talents. So why are we here? Because we adore Tanta and we’re back again after a year to lend a hand as a strategic partner.

Tantalize starts off with the APIIT Acoustic Night, which is then followed by the official Tantalize Auditions. Tantalize has always seen hundreds of university students applying in all of it’s categories. It’s at the auditions, where you will see the intense competition among these applicants after countless hours of practice.

However, less than five of these applicants will go on to represent their universities at the grand finale. With hundreds of applicants in each category, it’s easy to see why the Tantalize auditions last 2 days and the competition on both days are intense.

With that being said, Day 01 of the Tantalize 2015 Auditions took place on the 31st of October inside the halls of APIIT City Campus. This was the day where we saw talented musicians from countless universities, battle it out in the Solo-Singing and Group Singing categories. The auditions began at 8 am and went on till 7 pm.

After a full day of being treated to some amazing tunes, the judges had a hard time but in the end chose the most talented musicians in both categories. So who are the winners that will go on to represent their universities at the Tantalize 2015 Grand Finale?

The solo singing finalists. From left to right: Emmanuel Eze, Harinie Weerasinghe, Gamith Illandara. Not pictured: Amarsha Tissera (Photo credits: Tantalize)
The finalists in the solo-singing category. From left to right: Emmanuel Eze, Harinie Weerasinghe, Gamith Illandara. Not pictured: Amarsha Tissera (Photo credits: Tantalize)

In the solo-singing category the winners (pictured above) are:

  • Harinie Weerasinghe from ACBT
  • Emmanuel Eze from SLITT
  • Gamith Illandara from APIIT
  • Amarsha Tissera from CFPS
The group singing finalists (Photo credits: Tantalize)
The group singing finalists (Photo credits: Tantalize)

In the group singing category the winners are:

  • Them Basses from Royal Institute
  • Mirror from NIBM
  • The creation from NIBM

The very next day, on the 1st of November, Day 02 of the Tantalize 2015 Auditions took place at the Disaster Management Center Auditorium. It was here that we saw the applicants from every other category: Instrumental, Band, Solo-Dancing and Group Dancing, battle it out for their spot at the Tantalize 2015 Grand Finale.

Once again, the auditions lasted the entire day. At the end of it, only 3 contestants in each category were allowed to move on to the Finale.

The finalists in the Solo-Instrumental category. From left to right: Chamith Perera, Vihanga Wijesooriya, Satheendra Liyanagunawardena (Photo credits: Tantalize)
The finalists in the Solo-Instrumental category. From left to right: Chamith Perera, Vihanga Wijesooriya, Satheendra Liyanagunawardena (Photo credits: Tantalize)

In the solo-instrumental category the winners (pictured above) are:

  • Chamith Perera from NIBM
  • Vihanga Wijesooriya from NSBM
  • Satheendra Liyanagunawardena from KDU
Band leaders of the winning bands in the band category. (Photo credits: Tantalize)
The band leaders of the winning bands in the band category. (Photo credits: Tantalize)

In the band category the winners (pictured above) are:

  • Octaves from NSBM
  • Eden Lake from NSBM
  • The Odyssey from APIIT
From left to right: Damkith de Silva, Nikitha Fernando, Damkith de Silva (Photo credits: Tantalize)
The finalists in the solo-dancing category. From left to right: Damkith de Silva, Nikitha Fernando, Damkith de Silva (Photo credits: Tantalize)

In the solo-dancing category the winners (pictured above) are:

  • Nikitha Fernando from Colombo institute of research and Psychology
  • Vishwa Karunathilaka from BMS
  • Damkith de Silva from ACBT
Group leaders of the winning groups in the group dancing category. (Photo credits: Tantalize)
Group leaders of the winning groups in the group dancing category. (Photo credits: Tantalize)

Finally, in the group dancing category the winners are:

  • Distraction from APIIT
  • Diversity from ACBT
  • Abhirangana from ICHEM

These are the talented university students you’ll see at the Tantalize 2015 Grand Finale. The finale will be held on the 6th of December. Without a doubt, we’ll definitely see another amazing show at Tantalize 2015. For tickets and further information, be sure to follow the Tantalize Facebook page!

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