For fans of Nigeria’s biggest music reality show, last weekend was an
unforgettable one on Nigerian Idol. It was yet another exhilarating
weekend as they were treated to exciting performances from the remaining
eight contestants on the show. After an earlier exit by Sly 1 and Chinedu,
producer and musician of ‘Fokasibe’ fame, DJ Zeez, joined the judges,
Jeffrey Daniel, Yinka Davies and Charly Boy as guest judge.
“As the show reaches its final stages, it is only fitting that we
celebrate Nigeria’s best musicians,” said Producer Lilias Bode. “I am
delighted to see that the Highlife weekend is very popular among the
audiences and fans of all ages. People are connecting to the music in an
intimate way and that is simply because of the fantastic talent we have on
show!” She said.
The theme for the night was highlife/folk music in honor of Nigerian music
legends as the contestants performed famous Nigerian hits from the years
gone by. With the competition in its final stages, every contestant
attempted to give a thrilling performance. Opening the show for the night
was Area Fada, Charly Boy who performed his self-titled song to the
delight of the audience. He was followed by guest judge DJ Zeez who had
the audience sing along to a medley of his hits.
Diwari delivered arguably her best performance, performing Onyeka Onwenu’s
‘You and I’ to the delight of the audience and Judges. Her performance
clearly puts her in the league of top performers on this season’s show.
Next was Honey singing ‘Omoge’ originally sung by Mike Okri. Though his
performance failed to thrill, Charly Boy noted that it was an
improvement from his previous performances. Lynda Giami continues to
improve with every performance as she gave a sweetly sung version of
Christy Essien Igbokwe’s ‘Seun Rere’.
Stephen Onochie continues to solidify his position on the show as a top
contender. In recent weeks, his performances have shown his great talent
and won him many fans. On the night to celebrate Nigerian Music, Stephen
gave an energetic performance of Orlando Owoh’s ‘Iyawo Asiko’ . His
performance impressed all the judges, as he showed not just how good a
singer he was, but also how well he could dance.
Najite was the comeback queen of the show after a performance-gone-wrong
in her Whitney Houston tribute. Singing ‘Wait For Me’, by King Sunny Ade
and Onyeka Onwenu , Najite showed her strong vocal ability, expressiveness
and resilience. Nikki rendered Tosin Martin’s Olomi in a seductive
performance that showed how much Nikki confidence she is gaining as the
competition reaches its final stages.
Before the booming Joe Blue entered the stage, the judges and audience
were already on their feet in anticipation of the unforgettable
performances the talented contestant constantly delivers. With his
signature pose, exotic dance steps, and unique ability to sweep the
audience off their feet, he brought the house down with Felix Liberty’s
massive hit, ‘Ifeoma’. In what was arguably the best performance of the
evening, Joe Blue showed why he is a strong contender to become Nigerian
Idol this season.
Mercy was last to take the stage that night, singing Bobby Benson’s ‘Taxi
Driver’. Mercy, who has distinguished herself as a top performer at every
stage of the competition, thrilled the audience in yet another wonderful
performance. She made good use of the stage, carrying the audience along
in her song. She added a twist to it ending the song by urging everyone to
vote for her.
As the fascinating show draws to an end, the suspense continues to mount
as the hopefuls of winning the ultimate prize begin to grow the
substantial fan base they need to win the show. The winner of the show
will be unveiled at a grand gala in April where A list international
artistes are expected to attend. The next Nigerian Idol will win a grand
prize valued at $100, 000 which includes a management contract and
recording contract. The winner also gets an SUV and many other prizes. For
the other 9 finalists, there are also prizes from lead sponsor Etisalat.
The winner of Nigerian Idol will join the elite group of Idol alumni
around the world, including Stars like Jordin Sparks, Timi Dakolo and Yeka
Nigerian Idol is proudly brought to you by Etisalat in association with
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