June 16, 2024

Nigerian Idol: Stirring tributes, shocking evictions

Nigerian Idol: Stirring tributes, shocking evictions

By Ayo Onikoyi

The race to crown the next Idol on Nigerian Idol Season 9 intensifies with each episode, as every live show witnesses the exit of a dreamer and the outstanding performances of the remaining contestants.

In a surprising turn of events, the last episode featured a double eviction, bidding farewell to Gracia and David Garland.

Both contestants, who had remarkable journeys and overcame numerous challenges to reach the Top 9, were eliminated due to receiving the fewest votes from the previous week—a decision determined by the viewers.

The week’s theme, “Divas and Divos” allowed contestants to honour music legends by performing their timeless hits.

Chioma ignited the evening with a high-energy performance of Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary”, setting a vibrant tone for the show. The judges praised her significant growth and flawless vocal delivery.

Stevie followed suit with a classic rendition of Jackson 5’s “Who’s Loving You”, captivating both the live audience and viewers at home with his impressive vocal skills and stage presence.

Other notable performances included Mira Clear’s impeccable rendition of Mary J. Blige’s “Be Without You” and Lady Ruth’s soulful interpretation of Mariah Carey’s “My All”. Next was Lammy’s performance of Bryan Adams’ “Everything I Do”.

One of the highlights of the night was Chima’s excellent voice control and energy with his rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Lately”. Meanwhile, Maio’s soulful rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Heal the World” evoked nostalgia for the King of Pop, with the audience singing along to the iconic anthem of hope and unity.

The evening concluded with the evicted duo, Gracia and David Garland, each delivering one last performance. David Garland impressed with Celine Dion’s “I Surrender”, while Gracia wowed the audience with her rendition of Lady Marmalade by Patti LaBelle, which the judges deemed the best performance of the night.