It was the turn of Lagos to showcase its talents on Saturday and Sunday August 18 and 19, in the on-going auditions for Season 1 of Nigeria’s Got Talent, reality TV show. As expected, the Mega-city of Lagos, had he highest turnout of hopefuls, coming on the heels of, after impressive outings in Abuja.
Yet again, some of Nigeria’s hottest undiscovered acts, as well as some bizarre ones, dazzled and displayed at 1, Bamako Street, Ojodu, venue of the auditions.
The high hopes and expectation the competitors had could be felt and seen as the first to audition was Freda Francis, a singer and guitarist, who actually arrived at the audition venue by 5:30am.
Present there, were also, Harry Blaq and Sparko Brown, singers. Harry used to be a militant with warlord Tompolo, but accepted the Federal Government’s Amnesty program and is now a student of Lead University studying Mass Communications. Sparko Brown on the other hand used to be a member of Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB). They both sang beautifully and skillfully.
There were those who were also quite spectacular like Gabrial Ayankojo and Ofenga Fireman, both of whom are acrobats/magicians. The former eats bottles and and washes it down with water, while the latter eats razor blades. They are expert fire handlers – swallowing, wearing it, and so much more. They simply stunned and amazed the judges!
The Diadems of Liberty (DOL) dance group had one of the most impressive dances showcased. They were a group of seven that fused contemporary dance and ballet in a sublime manner that really excited the judges. In addition to the talents showcased, there were rappers, comedians, and many more talents all in the race for grand prize of N10 million.
The judges were impressed with the quality of the Lagos auditions over the two days. The manner in which the Nigeria’s Got Talent Show was embraced in Lagos greatly pleased the organizers who were not expecting such a turnout and reception in only the first year of the show. Lagos is the last stop for the Nigeria’s Got Talent auditions. Successful contestants from all the states visited will now be called to Lagos for the final audition. The Airtel sponsored show will air on TV stations across the country from September to December 2012′.
The Got Talent franchise worldwide, which is in its sixth year, has produced many notable performers in the last couple of years including Diversity, Bianca Ryan and Britain’s Got Talent’s 2009 1st runner up Susan Boyle, whose debut album became the fastest selling UK debut album of all time, selling over 3 million copies in the U.S.