Result show/ Group of Tens; batch three.
Due to the nationwide strike, the weekly broadcast schedule for Nigerian Idol was disrupted. Thankfully the show returned last week Friday with Batch two results. Honey, Ibinabo Romeo and Lynda Giami claimed the fourth, fifth and sixth spot in the Final 10. I’ll admit that I was a little crushed that Tega didn’t make it through, but going by her not so impressive performance I can see why. All hope is however not lost as there is still an outside chance she can make it to the final 10. Sunday’s show welcomed the third batch of ten singers hoping for a place in the finals.
Guest judge for the show was businessman and recording artiste; ILL BLISS. He joins in-house judges Charly Boy, Yinka Davies and Jeffery Daniels. Up first was Nsikak who sang Back Street Boys’ hit single “I want it that way”. I felt it was a very decent performance. Jeff felt it was a good way to open the show. Yinka liked it but asked Nsikak to work on his confidence. Ill Bliss and Charly Boy were in agreement. 26 year old Phunky Sings went with Vanessa Williams’ Save the best for last.
She handled this song beautifully and got the night’s first standing ovation. Jeff admired her Broadway type voice, Yinka was rendered speechless, ILL said Lagos and Nigerian Idol was proud of her. Charly boy fondly called her his “bend down boutique girl” in reference to her outfit at the regional auditions. He also praised her song choice and said she killed it.
George Michael’s Careless whisper as rendered by 21 year old Sanzye was up next. For me it was a no, Jeff said she was flat. Yinka Davies pointed out that Ill Bliss had written a question mark in front of her name, and said she felt the same way. Charly Boy agreed with all the judges but said he liked her tenacity. Next was SLY 1 who chose to perform Jimmy Cliff’s I can see clearly. The 24 year old got a knuckle thump “chop knuckle” and “three gbosas” from Yinka Davies. Jeff said he worked the crowd and was impressed. Ill BLISS said he used his voice efficiently. Charly boy described the performance as “very very good”.
Stephen Onouche went with a classic. His song of choice was Peabo Bryson’s Tonight I celebrate my love. Jeff was worried that viewers may be unable to appreciate Stephen’s voice due to the heavy presence of technologically altered songs in the industry. Yinka then asked to sing Stephen’s song with him, duet style. The two proceeded to serenade the live audience. Ill bliss was impressed and said Stephen had nothing to worry as he was certain the industry will hear his huge voice. Charly Boy toed the same line as the others, going further to describe Stephen’s voice as powerful, deep and rich.
A 26 year old recently returned lawyer from London was next to perform. Diwari went with Bonnie Taylor’s Total eclipse of the heart. The judges loved Diwari’s performance and pointed out that the song came alive when she worked the stage. 19 year old Menin said she defined music during her regional auditions. After her performance on the night, Jeff said she defined sexy. Her rendition of Anita Baker’s Sweet love had Charly Boy blowing her a kiss and Yinka so excited she resorted to talking in a language only she could understand. Sophyn channelled Diana Ross with her take on Endless love.
The 23 year old brought out the preacher in Charly Boy as he prophesied greatness into her life. Ill bliss loved her dress, performance and the sincerity with which she delivered her lines. Jeff said and I quote “You touched me and you touched the audience” Yinka placed dibs on a feature with Sophyn in the near future. Ayo was next with Bruno Mars’ Grenade. He looked like he was born to rock the big stage as he made the song his.
He earned a standing ovation from Charly Boy. The judges echoed Charly’s sentiments. Last up was Mercy Chinwo and boy did she draw the curtains in grand style. Charly boy was blown away and Jeff said she is what “Nigerian Idol” is all about. I concur. This is a very difficult batch to predict as almost all the contestants brought their A-Game.
Tiwa and Ill Rhymz signed off on another instalment of Nigerian Idol, but not before hinting at a surprise that might see more than 10 finalists make it through to the grand stage. However there’s only one way to find out. Visit www.nigerianidol.com to find out the broadcast times for your local TV stations and stay glued to your tellys. And do remember that only your votes can send your favourites through to the finals.
The unique numbers for all the contestants are listed below. Nsikak 521, Phunky sings 522, Sanzye 523, Sly 524, Stephen Onouche 525, Diwari 526, Menin 527, Sophyn 528, Ayo 529 and Mercy Chinwo 530. To vote for your favourite contestant all you have to do is send a text message (sms) to the short code 33680. Please send only the numeric short code and not the contestants’ names. See you next week.