Has Nigerian Idol diversified from a music reality show to a naming ceremony? That was the question on everyone's mind as the latest episode of the show aired on last Sunday as the first ten contestants from the Top 30 perform for a spot in the Top 12.
Judge Jeffery Daniels enjoyed the opportunity to give the contestants new nicknames, dubbing Mr. Byno (who performed Neyo's 'So Sick') 'Mr Delivery Man'. He was impressed by Vicci's performance of 'Anytime (I Miss You)' by Bryan McKnight that he named him 'Magic Boy', because, he performed magic on stage. He then christened Deola 'Rihmana', after being thrilled by the contestant's version of Rihanna's 'Umbrella'.
Debie Rise dressed in a two-tone jumpsuit also got her own moniker, 'Mix Master Dee' after her rendition of 'Umbrella' with a liberal sprinkling of "Naija" flavour and a concluding with an impressive split.
Overall however, it seemed quite a fit for any of the contestants to impress guest judge Naeto C. He had few words of praise for the budding hopefuls, reminding many that their performance often interfered with their vocal expressions and giving them words of advice for performing better if they made it into the next round. At one point, he was booed by the crowd and given thumbs down by Daniel, who felt he was being harsh on the contestants.
As Idol whittles the top 30 down to top 12, who will make the cut and who will be left out in the cold, tune in this weekend and catch the show!
Catch Nigerian Idol on NTA Network at 4.00pm on Sunday and 3:00pm on Saturday; Sound City and ONTV at 7.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays; Silverbird at 8:00pm on Sundays and 7:30pm on Saturdays and on TVC at 9:30pm on Saturdays and 8:30pm on Sundays.
Afrobeat Legend and new judge Femi Kuti, international performing artist Jeffery Daniel from 80's disco/dance group Shalamar, and Nigeria's soul diva Yinka Davies are the judges this season, with suave host Ill Rhymz will bringing us the highs and the lows throughout the competition.
The Idol grand prize is worth $100,000, in which the lucky winner will get: 7.5 million naira in cash, recordings contract worth 7.5 million naira, and a brand new SUV. Runner-ups will also receive prizes worth a total of 10 million naira. Nigerian Idol is brought to you by Etisalat, in association with Pepsi and supported by Beat FM.