BY OPEOLUWANI OGUNJIMI
It was a day of mixed reactions as the first set of contestants to make it into the top twelve of the third season of the on-going Nigerian Idol show were chosen by the viewers.
Of the first ten of the top thirty contestants who slugged it out last week on the stage Sadeeat, Vicci and Debbie Rise were the three contestants to make it through based on the votes from viewers.
Speaking on the results, one of the judges on the show, Jeffry Daniels said that he was impressed by the way Nigerians voted and urged them to keep voting for in order to keep the best talent in the competition.
Also speaking on the results show, Head of Events and Sponsorship, Modupe Thanni said, “On behalf of Etisalat, we congratulate those that have made it to the next stage of the competition and encourage them to step up their game in order to progress in the competition”.
She also encouraged those that did not get as much votes not to give up hope as the wild-card segment was still there and if they take the judges advice and work on their performances they could still be among the top twelve.
One of the major surprises was the case of Obinna Michael A.K.A Mr. Byno who did not make it through this stage of the competition. Widely regarded as a favourite, he cut a sorry figure as the results were announced. But that was the first surprise, as the duo of Moses Obi-Adigwe and Okafor Angus Sunday A.K.A Dani Angus also lost out in the voting, leaving the audience at the Dream Studio venue very disappointed.
This season is bigger and better as winner will go home with N20 million worth of prizes, including N7.5 million in cash, a brand new SUV, and a recording contract with a record label. The first runner–up will receive the sum of N1.5 million and a saloon car which will be presented by Etisalat. The show airs on STV, NTA network and AIT.