The #TECNOOwnTheStage karaoke competition continued with glamour and pleasant surprises for which the show has come to be known for. The fifth episode had seven of the remaining contestants from Group two grappling to remain in the competition in hope of emerging top winner of the $25,000 prize money and recording deal.
The host of the show, Uti Nwachukwu welcomed everyone to the show and went straight ahead to ask the judges to tell the world what they expect from the contestants. As opposed to other episodes where Yemi Alade gave a rundown of their expectations, Bien-Aimé Baraza – mostly referred to as Bien gave a breakdown of the expectations of the Trio of him, MI and Yemi Alade. Bien said they expected the contestants to put their very best into their performances which should be good enough to make both the audience and the viewers of the show happy.
After Bien’s comments, the Tanzanian, Nandy was the first to step on stage to perform Avril’s ‘Hello Baby’. She delivered an electric performance that had both the judges and audience on their feet. MI appeared particularly mesmerised by her performance and he said as much through his comments. Yemi Alade particularly applauded the energy she brought to her performance. She encouraged other contestants to borrow a leaf from her.
With both Bien and MI smitten by Nandy, Yemi Alade urged her to look in the direction of Uti if she ever needed a date instead of her co-judges.
The Kenyan, Yubu was next on stage. He was showered with encomium by Yemi Alade and MI but Bien was of the opinion that his countryman should put in more “swag” in subsequent performances.
The third performance of the night was by Sikin from Kenya who performed ‘Ojuelegba’ by Wizkid. The Kenyan struggled with pronunciation of the song title and the lyrics but still did enough to be appreciated by the judges. Next on stage was another Kenyan, Ramar254. He performed MI’s ‘African Rapper Number One’ much to the delight of M.I. and his fellow judges who stood on their feet for the duration of his performance. MI was full of praises for the young Kenyan for being able to pull through the Igbo language part of the song. Bien reassured Ramar254 of his belief in him and that he was destined for musical greatness.
Kechu from Tanzania was the fifth contestant on stage and she sang ‘Nobody’ by Vanessa Mdee’s ‘Nobody’. The Tanzanian unfortunately forgot her opening lines for which she got sticks for from the judges. Her performance was followed by two more unimpressive performances by Gazby from Nigeria and Pascal from Kenya.
At the end of the performances, Kechu, Gazby, Pascal and Sikin were put up for possibly eviction. Sikin however appeared surprised as she felt she had done enough not to be put up for eviction.
MI announced a shocking twist to this episode as he announced that three out of four of the contestants up for possible eviction would be leaving the competition. Sikin was then given a lifeline while the other three were evicted.
Another surprise was however in the making as the judges could be seen discussing. After a few minutes of whispering, MI went on this disclose that himself and his fellow judges decided to give the Nigeria, Gazby another chance to prove himself.
As the dust settled over this decision and the duo of Kechu and Pascal wanted to leave the stage, the judges had another chat and announced thereafter that they would be giving Pascal a lifeline. The episode ended on this dramatic note as Kechu made her way out of the competition.
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