From Friday to Monday last weekend, viewers had the time of their lives as Nigeria’s biggest music reality show hit the screens once more. This time, the episodes showed the concluding part of the auditions through Enugu and Lagos.
In Enugu, the show started with a little drama as the seat of the soul and dance legend Jeffrey Daniel, was clearly empty. As viewers wondered if he’d show up, JD rushed into the studios straight from an Air Nigeria flight where he was just returning from the sold out Shalamar reunion concert in London. The Coal City brought the heat on with the level of amazing talent they had on ground.
From Michael Bibi, a contestant who made it to top 50 in Season I and who won a golden ticket in to the dream studios, to Nnenna another golden ticket winner who hoped to go far in the competition in order to prove to her father that she was a good singer. Enugu also had its fair share of laughs; from a guy who sang of being out of his mind to another who sent the judges to sleep with a slow and uninspiring performance.
Lagos proved itself as the centre of excellence as viewers took an eyeful of the thousands of hopefuls who trooped into the dream studios for their chance at fortune, fame and the prestigious title of Nigerian Idol. There were hilarious performances from different contestants, from one who sang like a mouse in a falsetto from the beginning to the end, to another who performed opera like never seen before.
Soon, the stars began to shine as Cynthia, a young 24 year old wowed the judges with her delicate but steady vocals. Michael Obinna, a student of Metallurgy from The University of Lagos impressed the judges as well with his smooth voice as well as his dexterity with the guitar.
Deborah, a Nigerian resident in Gambia flew all the way to Lagos to be a part of the show; her risk was rewarded as she made her way into the next stages of the competition.