Anxiety as Nigerian Idol finalists lock horns for ultimate prize on Sunday
As the popular musical reality platform, Nigerian Idol Season 8, powered by Bigi, climaxes with the finale on Sunday, July 16, 2023, the two finalists, Precious Mac and Victory Gbakara, that emerged from last weekend’s show, had exhilarating performances with the hope of clinching the grand prize, thus holding the judges and audience enthralled on who will receive the highest votes as the crown Idol.
It was also a bittersweet moment for Quest, who after a thrilling act from commencement of the show, had to bow out, with encouragement from the judges, Obi Asika, D’banj, and Simi, to keep the musical spirit alive, as it is only a talented singer that can get to the top three slots of any contest. She had the lowest of the 22 million votes for last week, in a show, which has recorded a total of 132 million votes since inception.
The finalists who had a captivating rendition on Sunday, stimulating the judges and audience to a standing ovation, performed three songs each; one from the audition by participants that weren’t shortlisted for the show; the second were songs chosen for them by the judges, who felt it was one of their best performances; and the third were songs selected by themselves.
Precious Mac’s rendition of Adele’s ‘Rolling in The Deep’ from a pool of auditions that weren’t properly done was wonderfully performed that the judges and audience applauded her with Simi saying “it was captivating,” while D’banj and Asika affirmed that it was incredible.
Her second song, Shania Twain’s “From This Moment” chosen for her by Simi got D’banj enticed with him, saying she has a powerful voice, and further encouraging her, saying: “You are born a musical star,” followed by Asika, who praised her to sustain the tempo till the end of the show.
Indeed, her performance of “Overloading (Overdose) by Ayra Starr shook the stage, and with excitement and a standing ovation, the judges confirmed she did very well.
Commending the singers for their acts, the host, IK Osakioduwa, admonished fans to vote for them till Friday, as the heated contest would see a winner with the highest votes, as anxiety on who wins mounts.
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