As we draw closer to the end of the show, who do you think would be the next Nigerian Idol?
Last night’s show was graced by superstar singer, Praiz as the guest judge. During the week, the contestants paid a visit to “Munch It”, where they engaged in a rap battle for the brand.
The night’s show was themed Reggae vs Diva Crooners, and the contestants were required to perform one song from each genre. They opened the show with a group performance of “One Love” by Bob Marley.
The first round of music (Reggae) kicked off with Francis as he performed “No Woman No Cry” by Bob Marley. The judges loved his reggae performance. Seyi Shay was impressed and felt like he brought the song home by giving it a spiritual aura.
Next was the ever charming Akunna, who performed “It Wasn’t me” by Shaggy. As usual, Akunna never disappoints. Her performance was so impressive that Seyi Shay had to “cheat” on her fav, Faith Jason, by declaring Akunna as her new fav. Asika loved the hip-hop/dancehall energy she infused into the song. Praiz loved her stage presence and crowned her as one his favourites. It’s safe to say Akunna has got the “Midas Touch”.
The next singer was Comfort, as she performed “Could you be Loved” by Bob Marley. Well, I guess it wasn’t Comfort’s lucky day as the judges berated her performance. Seyi Shay expected her to be a lot better by now, given her current position on the show.
Kingdom wrapped up the first round of songs as he performed “Holy Spirit” by Majek Fashek. His performance was mind-blowing. Dj Sose mentioned that he indeed brought down the Holy Spirit with his performance. Asika was impressed with the way he communicated the song with confidence. Seyi Shay declared him as the contestant with the “strongest RnB voice” because his performance made her emotional, which rarely happens.
The next round of songs was themed Diva Crooner, and Francis opened the floor with his rendition of “Sexual Heal” by Marvin Gaye. The judges absolutely loved his performance. Dj Sose felt he did an amazing job with the song. Seyi Shay complimented his unique and incredible voice and reaffirmed that there’s never a dull moment with him. Praiz also believed that he performed amazingly well and loved his versatility (which is a key factor to succeed in music). Asika felt like he got real with the song, while encouraging him to keep up with the good work.
Next was Akunna, as she performed “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele. The judges loved every bit of her performance. Asika reaffirmed her position as the “contestant with the strongest voice” on the show, and even encouraged her to keep singing whether she wins or not. Praiz complimented her as an extraordinary singer. Dj Sose said he loves how she outperforms herself on every song.
It was a step up game for Comfort as she performed “A Natural Woman” by Carole Kings. The judges were pretty much impressed with her performance compared to the first one. Asika believed that she did a lot better and with more confidence in the second performance. Seyi Shay mentioned that she loved how she was able to buckle-up and deliver something worthy of commendation after the correction.
Finally, the music performances came to an end with Kingdom crowning the night with his jaw-dropping rendition of “A Man’s World” by James Brown. His performance was, ostensibly, the highlight of the show as he received a standing ovation from all the judges. Praiz was proud of him and wished him all the best in his music career. Dj Sose assented to the fact that “the universe is indeed Kingdom’s oyster”. Seyi Shay declared him as “the new face of Nigerian Idol” and commended his impeccable voice. Asika felt it was an undeniable performance.
With over 8 million votes for the top five (5), unfortunately, it was the end of the road for Faith Jason as he ended his journey last night.
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