As the contest on Nigerian Idol heats up, the top four contestants on the Nigerian Idol, co-sponsored by Bigi, had stunning performances, displaying exceptional talents to the admiration of the judges. Each of them tried to outwit the other in Sunday’s show that saw two contenders evicted due to lower votes.
The contestants also got the audience excited, as they thrilled to make it to the next show on the music talent discovery platform, which will culminate on 22nd May.
The grand finale will also see the winner smile home with N100 million worth of prizes, including a recording deal from a label, a brand-new Sports Utility Vehicle, cash prizes, and other exciting gifts.
The show, which garnered over 24 million votes in the last episode, kept music lovers surprised with the improved performances of the top four contenders: Zadok, Jordan, Progress and Banty, while Itohan and Faith were evicted.
There was also the appearance of a guest judge, top Nollywood actress, Omawunmi Megbele, known by her stage name, Omawunmi. She joined the regulars: Obi Asika, Dapo Oyebanjo (popularly known by his stage name D’banj) and Simisola Bolatito Kosoko (well known as Simi) to comment on the gig, together with IK Osakioduwa, the host.
Before the show commenced, all the contestants performed the song, Uptown Funk, by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars, and got encouragement from the judges to sustain the musical dexterity they had showcased to get to the finale.
Progress sang Johnny Drille’s Wait for Me, and it made Asika, who was so delighted with his stage control, affirmed that the rendition was splendid, while Simi said, “It was very good”. D’Banj stated, “keep progressing as you have proven your worth as a singer”, while Omawunmi enthused, “I was following your song and it was quite interesting”.
Jordan did Aeroplane Mode, by Fireboy and received praises from Simi, saying “your voice is really fine”, D’Banj, “you sang from your heart, it is a classic performance”, while Omawunmi stated, “your voice is so melodious”. Not left out was Asika, who stated, “You did well”.
Fascinatingly, Banty’s stage act of Asa’s Bibanke was greeted with a standing ovation, with Omawunmi saying, “that was so beautiful to watch, your voice was cool”, Asika, “your voice was so incredible”, Simi, “you are perfect, I love you”, and D’Banj “you have every means to be on top”.
Zadok’s performance of Timi Dakolo’s The Vow shook the stage and left everyone astounded as they responded with a standing ovation. Then followed heart-warming comments from the judges with D’Banj saying “I must greet you specially; that was a great voice”, and Omawunmi, “music is in you, don’t let it go”. Asika remarked, “unbelievable stage display and vocal; you keep proving me right every week”, and Simi, “I love it”.
Powered by the Bigi soft drink brand of Rite Foods, Nigerian Idol Season 7 is aired on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv Channel 151), Africa Magic Urban (DStv Channel 153, and GOtv Supa Channel 6), and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154, & GOtv Channel 2).
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From Left: Obi Asika; with Simi, Omawunmi (guest judge) and D’Banj; all judges of Nigerian Idol Season 7, during the music reality show in Lagos.
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From Left: Progress, Banty, Zadok and Jordan, Top 4 Nigerian Idol contestants during the music reality show in Lagos.