Tiwa Savage host
After an electrifying first season that saw the crowning of the first ever Nigerian Idol, Yeka Onka, the reality show returns to Nigeria for a second season.
Season II of Nigerian Idol is produced by the Optima Media Group (OMG) and continues to enjoy the sponsorship of Etisalat, in association with Sony and Pepsi. This was revealed at a media & VIP launch on 28 September 2011 at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos.
The event also witnessed an electrifying performance of the hot new single ‘Follow U’ by Season 1 winner, Yeka Onka. The singer was produced by Chocolate City’s Jesse Jags.
The cycle of the show remains the same, spanning seven months, the producers have confirmed. The season kicks off with auditions in four Nigerian cities – Abuja, Port Hacourt, Enugu and Lagos, where auditions end in November.
“Based on audience feedback and to enhance the Idol experience this season, we’ve made a few major changes,” said Mr. Pedro. These exciting new changes include a new judge; musician, former music association president and TV host, Charles Oputa, fondly known as Charly Boy.
The judges’ line up however retains songstress Yinka Davies and international choreographer and musician, Jeffrey Daniels who has returned this season.
After hotly-contested auditions that featured the brightest across the media and entertainment sectors, new hosts have also been announced and they are rave-of-the-moment singer Tiwa Savage, and VeeJay Ill Rhymz.
There are only winners on Nigerian Idol this season as lead sponsor Etisalat will give premium prizes not just to the winner, but also to the runners-up and others from the Top Ten.
The winner of the show will get N2. 5 million, a Galaxy Tab, a Blackberry, an iPod and a car. The first runner up gets N1.5 million, a Galaxy Tab,Blackberry and iPod; and the 2nd runner up will receive N1million, a Galaxy Tab, a Blackberry and an iPod. Finalists from 4th to 10th place also receive each, N100, 000, a Galaxy Tab, a Blackberry and an iPod.
The show begins airing December 4, until the winner is announced at a grand gala in April, 2012.
Nigerian Idol is brought to you by Etisalat, in association with Pepsi and Sony. It is also supported by partners, Air Nigeria and Beat FM.