The seventh season of the Nigerian Idol competition is down to its top six contestants following David Operah’s exit.
Nigerian Idol host, IK Osakioduwa, delivered the news at the start of the Sunday live show after revealing that 22 million votes were recorded the previous week.
This leaves Banty, Faith, Jordan, Itohan, Progress and Zadok in the race to be crowned Nigerian Idol season 7 winner.
Sunday’s live show opened with the contestants delivering a colourful performance of D’banj’s 2013 hit song, Oliver Twist. They were joined by season 6 winner, Kingdom Kroseide, and second runner-up, Akunna Okechukwu.
In a quick chat with IK on stage, the stars from last season’s show talked about the impact of the show on their careers and announced that they would be releasing new singles soon.
The theme for the night was ‘Afrobeats’, and the top six contestants took the stage to perform their selected songs with hopes of earning the judges’ nods and viewers’ votes.
Jordan opened the night with a fantastic rendition of Burna Boy’s Anybody.
Despite the judge’s concern about his performance at the start, they all agreed he put up a good performance.
Banty took the stage next, and she gave an impressive performance of Magixx and Ayra Starr’s Love Don’t Cost a Dime.
Judge Simi commented on her joy in singing and being on stage. Itohan channelled Yemi Alade in her rendition of the singer’s song, Nagode. The judges praised her performance. However, they felt it wasn’t her best vocal work this season.
Zadok received a standing ovation from the judges and studio audience after performing Kizz Daniel’s Laye.
D’banj described him as a born entertainer, adding that it came through in his performances.
Faith gave a beautiful cover of Ckay’s Emiliana, and the judges praised her strong vocals. Progress’ performance of Ayra Starr’s Bloody Samaritan was the night’s final performance. The judges remarked on his growth in the competition.
It wasn’t all singing and dancing in the Nigeria Idol live studio; Sunday night’s show also delivered a sweet surprise.
Midway into the show, musician Adekunle Gold came on stage with a birthday cake for his wife and Nigerian Idol Judge, Simi. The two shared a loved-up moment to the admiration of the audience and viewers.
To crown what could best be described as a beautiful night of performances and pleasant surprises, Kingdom came back on stage to close out the live show with a version of his new song, Shey You Go, Dey.
The competition continues this Sunday. Don’t forget to vote for your favourite contestants, as the power to determine who makes it top five is solely in the hands of the viewers.
Viewers can vote via the Africa Magic website, mobile site, and MyDStv and MyGOtv apps.
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