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Nigerian Idol Theatre Week: Judges Face Difficult Choices as Top 20 Emerge

From an initial pool of 72, only 20 contestants advanced, inching closer to their dream of becoming the next Nigerian Idol.
May 13, 2024
10:12 am

The first round of Theatre Week on Nigerian Idol Season 9 delivered both soaring highs and crushing lows for the aspiring singers.


The highly anticipated episode, which aired May 12 on DSTV Channel 198 and GoTV Channel 28, showcased the hopefuls belting out their hearts before a discerning panel of judges – Omawumi Megbele, Ric Hassani, and 9ice – with IK Osakioduwa presiding over the proceedings.


Gracia and Maio emerged as clear frontrunners, captivating both the judges and viewers with their stellar vocals. Gracia, in particular, has generated considerable buzz, with some fans already touting her as a potential winner. Her performance left some questioning the judges’ decision not to award her a coveted platinum ticket.



The remaining contestants includes Lammy, Tari, Teddy, South Rain, Stevie, Brammy, Mira Clear, Chioma Unogu, Jennifer, Victor Annie, Japh Kenti, Alfred Greatness, Kevwe Joshua, Oloh, Dakota, Sapphire, Jey B and Bidemi


Adding a touch of levity to the intense atmosphere was Ric Hassani’s repertoire of meme-worthy facial expressions, which surprised even the singer himself, were among the highlights of the hour-and-a-half vocal scrutiny.


However, the night wasn’t all about celebration. Contestants like Tega and Debbie saw their dreams dashed after their renditions of “Who is Your Guy” by Spyro and Tiwa Savage.


Similarly, despite impressive efforts, Yella did not advance, and Paul was overshadowed during his performance of Musiq Soulchild’s “Love” by Stevie’s superior vocals.


Omawumi Megbele
Omawumi Megbele

Omawumi  acknowledged the agonizing task of selecting the best, stating, “The selection process was very difficult, but as you know there can only be one winner.”


With the competition intensifying, the remaining 20 contestants must now brace themselves for even tougher challenges as they fight for a coveted spot in the coveted Top 10. Only time will tell who will rise to the occasion and follow in the footsteps of Nigerian Idol’s illustrious alumni, including Timi Dakolo, Mercy Chinwo, and Omawumi herself.


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