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Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Following the success of the popular Highlife weekend on the show,
Nigerian Idol upped the ante with their latest offering. Themed The
American Legend show, the final six performed hits from American stars
through the years; from Elvis to Donna Summer, the night was replete with
a medley of hits. Joining the judges table last weekend was none other
than rapper and self-acclaimed Mr Incredible, MI. upcoming act Brymo who also
performed at the show.
“The massive popularity of Nigerian Idol continues to astound us,” stated
Project Manager Tiwa Medubi. “We are receiving feedback from all over the
country and in countries like the UK and Germany. We are grateful for all
the love, encouragement and appreciation being poured on us and we are
committed to doing even more,” she added.

After a performance of the song, ‘Number 1’ by MI, Najite kicked off the
show. Clad in an all black ensemble with complementary gloves and a fierce
attitude to match, Najite delivered ‘Aint no mountain high enough’ by
Diana Ross, the performance turned out to be her most powerful yet and she
got commendations from the judges. Next was Stephen Onochie with a
heart-warming performance of Bette Midler’s ‘Wind Beneath my Wings’. His
performance was impressive, and even earned him an invitation to sing at
Charly Boy’s 35 th Wedding Anniversary.  Lynda Giami, shed her shy mien by
delivering Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got to Do With It?’ earning her the
moniker the ‘Light switch babe.’

Maintaining his signature pose, Joe Blue showed why he is still in
contention to become Nigeria’s Idol with his performance of Cher’s
‘Believe’ spraying the audience with pixie dust. Mercy had another great
evening as she performed Donna Summers ‘She Works Hard For The Money’.
With her stunning black dress, charisma and strong vocals she left the
audience in awe with her exhilarating performance.

Honey Adum was the last performer of the night, as he performed Elvis
Presley’s ‘Fever’. With an Elvis hair do to match, the contestant gyrated
As the show continues to grow in popularity, sponsor Etisalat reiterates
its support for the popular show. “Etisalat continues to support Nigeria’s
immensely talented youth especially the teeming young Nigerians who desire
to become the next big thing in music. Nigerian Idol represents the
biggest music platform for young Nigerians just as Etisalat represents the
biggest communication platform for young Nigerians,” said Idiare Atimomo,
Manager Youth Segment, Etisalat Nigeria.

The show is also enjoying a growing international audience too and
receiving positive reviews. The popular pop-justice.com had words of praise
for the show, comparing it to the biggest show in the United Kingdom. “The
show focuses on constructive criticism in a way UK reality pop shows
haven't really since Pop-stars and Pop Idol .” The judges Charley Boy and
Jeffrey Daniel were also commended for their unique styles of judgment.

Fans can vote their favourite contestants to remain in the competition by
sending the contestant’s number via SMS to 33680 or dialing the number
directly from an Etisalat line.

Nigerian Idol is proudly brought to you by Etisalat in association with
Pepsi and Sony. It is supported by Air Nigeria, Kentucky Fried Chicken and
Megalectrics (owners of Beat FM, Classic FM and Naija FM).

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