It was cinema unusual on Sunday November 27 as the debut episode of Nigerian Idol was premiered at the Genesis Deluxe Cinemas at the Palms Shopping Mall in Lekki. The event was graced by an exclusive list of celebrities who converged to welcome the blockbuster second season of the global franchise talent hunt.
Fans and Idol lovers were treated to a rehash of last year’s show and a sneak preview of the excitement the organisers have in store for viewers in Season II.
A cross section of guests who were at the show appreciated the show’s uniqueness and eye for talent commending the organisers for the
beautifully packaged show. “It was a unique and unusual experience for me,” said Raj Patel, an Indian executive. “I loved the way the stories were told and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.”
Adebola Dairo, an events planner said, “I can see that this is a wonderful show already, all the sides of the story were told, from the
music to the sad stories and then the chemistry between the judges, I can’t wait to watch the show on TV.”
“I thoroughly enjoyed myself o!” Ngozi Ekpo screamed. “The show is so funny and the judges segment was my favourite part.”
Tears flowed freely at some points during the show as members of the audience could not contain themselves at the sight of a disabled
contestant who was determined to make something out of his life. “It broke my heart to see such suffering and determination in a young man,” said Uduak Obong, a young actress. “I am rooting for him and I hope he goes far in the competition.”
The show’s producer Lilias Bode expressed her joy at the warm reception the first episode received from the audience, “The reason we work is for people to say ‘Well done, you did a good job!’ We have had a lot of those reactions today and I am very pleased about that.”
With the season premier done, all attention moves to the upcoming TV debut on December 4. The show will run into 2012 and will end at a grand gala in April 2012 where the next Nigerian Idol will be announced.
Nigerian Idol is sponsored by Etisalat, in association with Pepsi and Sony. It is also supported by Air Nigeria as official airline partners, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Megalectrics (owners of Beat FM, Classic FM, and Naija FM).