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Nigerian Idol: Emmanuel paves way for top 5 contestants

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Nigerian Idol Season six is gradually coming to an end and the top five contestants are ready to battle it out for the top spot. Last weekend’s show was themed Pop versus Jazz and the contestants were required to perform a song from each genre.

Over the course of the week, the contestants made a visit to Bigi for a meet and greet, where they performed their version of a Bigi jingle as a team.

They also had the opportunity to meet with the ever-vibrant TV personality, Denrele Edun, who gave them “fabulosity”. He schooled them on how to become a brand ambassador and their meeting ended with each contestant leaving with a package from the Lush Hair brand.

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Faith Jason opened the floor with his rendition of Someone You Loved by Louis Capaldi. Comfort took over by performing Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. Fan favourite, Kingdom, performed Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars.

The girl with great charisma, Akunna, took the stage to perform Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus.

To end the first round of songs, Francis Atela closed the stage with Too Good at Goodbyes by Sam Smith.

For the second round (Jazz), Faith Jason opened the stage with I’d Rather Go Blind by Etta James. The Judges were impressed with his second performance. Dj Sose felt his performance was fantastic, but pointed out that he needs to work on projecting his voice. Seyi Shay loved every bit of his performance and she believes that he gives a better show with his guitar. Mr P loved his choice of song and considered his performance great.

Comfort seemed to show her level of growth as she performed Save the Last Dance by Michael Bublé. Seyi shay was quite impressed with her growth as she now sings with confidence, which shows that she has evolved since the first day she met her.

Kingdom’s performance left the judges speechless as he performed Feeling Good by Nina Simone. The judges were happy with his performance and Seyi Shay reassured him of her confidence in him. She also believes that Kingdom is the strongest vocalist without any shadow of doubt. Kingdom, undoubtedly outdid himself, as he successfully turned Mr P and Dj Sose into “prophets”- Dj Sose believes that with his consistency, he would make it to the top 3, while Mr P said that he was going to shine and go places in life, especially in music.

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The next contestant, Akunna gave a beautiful rendition of I Put a Spell on You by Nina Simone. The judges felt her performance was mind-blowing. Mr P mentioned that he was wowed by her facial expression while performing and he assured her that he would pay any amount to listen to her perform at any concert. Dj Sose believed that she performed greatly for both songs. Obi Asika commented that Nina Simone would be happy with her. He reaffirmed that he loves her consistency. Seyi Shay loves how she connects with all her songs. She strongly believes Akunna is one of the best contestants as she’s never worried about her performances.

The show finally came to an end with Francis Atela’s rendition, Hello by Lionel Richie. According to Dj Sose, Francis brought “Las Vegas to Lasgidi”. His performance was incredible, as Seyi Shay commended the versatility of his voice. Mr P loved both performances but believed the second came off as stress-free, more like “I’m winning this competition” kind of confidence. Obi Asika loved the performances as well and was pretty much impressed with his confidence tonight.

With over 7 million votes for the top six (6), unfortunately, it was the end of the road for Emmanuel as he exited the competition Sunday night.

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