Nigerian Idol: Stunning performances as contestants thrill with reggae and pop music
It was a night of stunning renditions last Sunday as the top four contestants in the ongoing music reality contest, Nigerian Idol, thrilled fans and viewers with their superlative performances which was a combination of reggae and pop music genres.
Among dignitaries who attended the event was multiple award-winning Rhythm and Blues singer, Praise Ugbede Adejo, who is popularly known as Praiz.
Astonished by the talents displayed by the four contestants namely Kingdom Kroseide, Francis Atela, Comfort Alalade, and Akunna Okey, as Faith Onyeje was evicted from the show, Praiz, who was a guest judge on the Sunday live show, commended them.
The songwriter cum producer, who is famous for his hit singles, cried wow for Kingdom Kroseide’s beautiful rendition of Majek Fashek’s Holy Spirit and James Brown’s It’s a man’s world, and could not hold back his joy as he said: “I am excited; you killed the song, you wowed me and it shows who you are, don’t play safe.”
The performance also earned the Port Harcourt-based budding artiste some sweet commendations from the no-nonsense DJ Sose, who expressed his joy with a standing ovation and said: “As you can see, everybody is sitting but I’m still standing. You just brought the song to Nigeria. God bless you.”
Also, fierce talking judge Seyi Shay, showered praises on him saying: “I know it in my spirit, you are the strongest R&B singer of the show, and you have never failed me.”
Praiz also commended Francis Atela for his captivating stage performance of No Woman No Cry by Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye’s Sexual Healing.
He said: “I love your tone, control, and great performance. You blew my mind, you flipped the story; the key to the success of an artiste is being versatile.”
Corroborating Praiz, DJ Sose enthused: “You killed it, amazing good job,” while Seyi Shay, commenting on his reggae lyrics said: “It sounded so spiritual, not Jamaican but Nigerian, you brought the music home. You do justice to every song, your voice is unique and that was a great performance.”
The benevolent father-figure judge, Obi Asika followed with “You look good, amazing; you killed the song.” Akunna, in her usual manner, set the stage on fire with her rendition of Shaggy’s It wasn’t me and Fire to the rain by Adele, while Comfort Alalade with soft but piercing voice did Natural woman by Aretha Franklin and Could you be loved by Bob Marley.
The show was made more colourful with the contestants’ group performance of Bob Marley’s One Love, which was a delightful session that was highly commended by the judges.
As the battle for ultimate prize continues tomorrow, with the grand finale slated for July 11, where the winner will clinch a recording contract with a leading record label and N50, 000,000 worth of prizes, the question is: who will be Nigerian Idol season 6 winner?
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