The stage was set for an elating display of talent as the top ten contestants showcased their abilities. IK Osakioduwa, the host, introduced the panel of esteemed judges- Obi, Simi, and D’banj, who were ready to provide their insights and critique.
However, the eviction announcement next week added an extra layer of tension to the proceedings.
Before the performances began, the host shared some comments from trolls who found various aspects of the show displeasing. Despite the negativity, the anticipation remained high as the contestants prepared to give it their all.
The host introduced the first contestant of the day, Victory Gbakara. With confidence, Victory took the stage and delivered a remarkable rendition of Alicia Keys’ “Fallin.” The judges were instantly impressed. Obi commended Victory’s incredible voice, while Simi praised both his vocal prowess and appearance. D’banj was equally captivated, predicting a long journey for Victory in the competition.
Savy Henry followed, opting for John Legend’s “You and I.” While the judges appreciated his vocal talent, Simi expressed a desire for more stage presence. She wanted in her words “a little bit more of display.” Nevertheless, Savy’s performance was still deemed impressive. When the host asked Savy why he chose the song, he explained the reason being the song’s lyrical theme of unwavering love.
Reigny, despite her initial nervousness, impressed the judges with her rendition of Keyshia Cole’s “Heaven Sent.” Simi commended her for proving her initial doubts wrong and encouraged her to embrace confidence.
Chisom brought energy to the stage with Usher “You Got It Bad,” incorporating some Michael Jackson-inspired moves. The judges thoroughly enjoyed his performance, praising his unique spin on the song and admiring his talent as both a singer and entertainer.
Goodness was up next with a seemingly effortless performance of Beyoncé’s “Halo,” leaving the judges in awe of her commanding voice and star-like presence. They applauded her for tackling a challenging song and making it sound effortless. Goodness revealed that her performance was dedicated to her best friend who was present in the live show.
Abraham took a risk by choosing Michael Bolton’s “Go the Distance” and wowed the judges with his vocal power. They commended his performance, appreciating his ability to showcase his range and emotion. Abraham explained that the song resonated with his personal journey which reminded him that with determination, great works and consistency, he can go the distance.
Quest tackled Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me,” a challenging ballad that shook her vocal abilities. While the judges admired her incredible voice, they advised her to choose songs strategically and find her rhythm. Despite the critique, Quest’s potential was evident, and they applauded her stage presence.
Ose Daniel graced the stage with his performance of Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love.” The judges compared his voice to hot chocolate, acknowledging the maturity and passion he brought to the performance. Ose Daniel’s ability to captivate the audience without excessive movement was commendable. Ose Daniel explained that the song represented his journey, and how his performance was a cue for people to feel his love and feel his music.
Precious Mac exuded confidence as she sang Alicia Keys’ hit, “No One.” The judges were impressed by her outfit and captivating performance. They praised her for maintaining eye contact with the audience throughout. Precious Mac’s ability to handle the pressure of coming from a family of singers was commendable.
Constance, referred to as “the new baby of the house” by the host, closed the show with her performance of Adele’s “All I Ask” and dedicated it to her late sister. The judges acknowledged her beauty and admired her emotional performance, but suggested she choose songs that suited her voice and comfort level in the future.
As the episode came to a close, the host recapped the memorable performances of the day, leaving the audience eagerly awaiting the results of the upcoming eviction.
It is clear that Nigerian Idol has unearthed a remarkable pool of talents and the journey is only just beginning. And thus, the curtains fell on another exciting episode of Nigerian Idol, promising more sensational performances and intense competition in the episodes.