Last Sunday, the Nigerian Idol night eviction began with a performance from all the contestants.
They performed a cover of Cynthia Erivo’s ‘Stand Up inline ‘with the night’s inspirational theme.
Backed by the gospel choir 121 Selah, the contestants elevated the song with their sonorous voices and moving performances.
It was indeed the best way to start the show, and they wowed everyone.
IK Osakioduwa, Nigerian Idol host, revealed that the top 10 received a record-breaking 14 million votes from the viewers.
He then called the top nine contestants with the most votes in no particular order to perform their inspirational hit songs.
Jordan was the first contestant to seal his spot on the exclusive list. The Kaduna-born and raised singer dedicated his emotional cover of Lauren Daigle’s ‘You Say’ to the victims of the recent crises in the state.
Progress was next. He performed his version of ‘Uncle Suru’ by Jon Ogah, with a twist.
He added some of his dreams to the song, inspired by its hopeful spirit.
Itohan, aka Baby Dragon, treated the judges and audience to Mary Mary’s ‘Can’t Give Up Now.’
The judges noted that her vocals did the song justice. She also received accolades from the judges for her rendition of Whitney Houston and Kygo’s Higher Love.
Obi Asika said that she delivered one of the best performances of the song from the iconic pop singer.
Zadok’s performance of Timi Dakolo’s Wish Me Well reflected the audience’s thoughts towards him as their votes helped him seal the fifth spot on the list. As always, he sang beautifully and delivered well.
For David Oprah, who lost his father at a young age, it was an emotional moment to perform a cover of the song ‘Dance With My Father’ by another iconic singer, Luther Vandross, but he blazed through.
In contrast to David’s moment, Debby was happy for several reasons, including getting another week in the competition, and it shone in her cover of Pharrell’s Happy. It also reflected the judges’ reactions to her performance.
It was a relieving moment for Faith as IK called her to the stage to perform Next To Me by Emeli Sande. Banty’s fantastic rendition of Michael Bolton’s Lean On Me was the night’s last performance. The inspirational song seemed apt to round up the show as she, like the other contestants, leaned on the audience’s vote to make it to the top nine list.
Sadly, with Banty securing a space in the top 9, it meant Gerald’s performance in the opening act would be his last time on the Nigerian Idol season 7 stage as his journey on the competition came to an end.
Nigerian Idol live show continues on Sunday. The power to determine who stays and who leaves is solely in the hands of the viewers.
Fans can visit the DStv app to learn more about the voting process. Voting is open now and will close at 9 p.m. on Thursday.
Viewers can vote via the mobile site, website, or the MyDStv and MyGOtv apps.
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