It may be early days yet, but it does appear as if the balance of power may shift in this year’s edition of the Gulder Ultimate Search. The previous seven editions have produced men as the winners, but if the early signs are to be believed, then we may be on the threshold of witnessing the very first female winner of the reality show.
When the first task was given to the contestants by the show anchor, Bob Manuel Udokwu, the impression was that the guys were going to waltz through it. The contestants were required to hold up their hand for as long as possible. The raised hands of each of the contestants had a chain leading to a barrel of water precariously sitting on a metal slit close to each contestant. Dropping the hand would tilt the drum and send the water pouring on each contestant.
With their rippling muscles, the men, led by ever lively Alvine Ilenre, the confident, if somewhat sly Kelvin Durst, the intimidating Kehinde Fadojutinmi, as well as Samuel Lazarus and Inegbedion, initially boasted of success. It seemed like it would be business as usual for the men. But alas, the reverse was the case!
Eventually, Geraldine emerged as the winner much to the surprise of everyone. But the talking point remains the relative ease with which the women saw off the competition from their male counterparts. After Kehinde Fadojutimi opened the floodgate to eviction, the rest of the guys followed suit, leaving the women to slug it out for the winner.
Indeed, their muscles could do little to save them. In-fact, Kelvin and others blamed their muscular arms for their failure.
With their egos bruised, and the threat of elimination looming after what happened to Fadojutinmi, Alvin Ilenre and the others must be wary of slipping up, lest they become the next victim.
As for Geraldine Obi and the other female contestants in the jungle, the feat will yet remain fresh in their memories. For them, brains, not brawns, will see them through Gulder Ultimate Search 8.
Transmission of GUS 8 continues on Saturday and Sunday on NTA, AIT STV, Sound City on DSTV, CTL, Real Stars on StarTimes and Africa Magic.