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The Voice Nigeria… Lagos fans get special screening, as live shows begin


The Voice Nigeria coaches: Waje (left), Patoranking, Timi and Waje on set

The Terra Kulture Auditorium on Victoria Island, Lagos, was the place to be last Sunday, as live screening for the season two of The Voice Nigeria kicked off in grand style. And in what seem like a deliberate effort to appease Nigerian audience for not being part of the show, which is produced in South Africa, the organisers made efforts to recreate the experience in Lagos with a special live screening of Africa’s biggest singing reality show.

The event, which opened with a special red carpet reception, was an opportunity for guests to watch the contestants do battle on stage live for the first time. Celebrities such as Akpororo, Linda Ejiofor, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, MawuliGavor and the finalists of last season’s Voice were just a few of the known faces in attendance, as popular television personality Ozzy Agu hosted the on-ground event set for the screening of the live broadcast.

The live shows involved four members of each team performing, with the coach choosing to save one contestant and the three remaining contestants put up for public voting. One lucky contestant who amasses the most votes ends up being saved.


#TeamPatoranking got the show rolling, as the contestants took to the stage one after another to showcase their vocal strength. Kessydriz performed Tina Turner’s What’s love got to with it, whilst Afolayan sang J Martin’s E No Easy. Hightee thrilled with Lauryn Hill’s Doo Wop and Voke sang Reekado Bank’s Ladies and Gentlemen. In the end, Patoranking saved Hightee, leaving the others at the mercies of viewers, who have the opportunity of saving contestant of their choice.

#TeamYemiAlade was up next with Chris Rio performing Stiches by Shawn Mendes. But Ifeoma touched a few nerves as she sang Andra Day’s Rise up, before Jahnomso followed with Show me love by Robin S. Bunmi wrapped the session with YemiAlade’s Want you. But in the end, Yemi Alade saved Ifeoma, who obviously delivered.

Following this string of impressive performances was #TeamWaje with Efezino kicking off with a rendition of Clean Bandit’s Rockabye. Glowrie gave an emotional performance of Adele’s Hello, while Favour sang Tiwa Savage’s All Over, before Wow, the 80s man, raised the bar with his performance of Kool and the Gang’s Get down on it. Waje saved Glowrie, who will not be part of the eviction fever this week.

#TeamTimi had Bada, who sang Sean Kingston’s Beautiful girls open the stage. Bada, who is obviously admired by viewers, got many cheering, as he smiled through his performance. Amarachi took over and performed Meghan Trainor’s No, while Wolei sang Brymo’s Ara. However, highpoint of the evening was Precious’ performance of Whitney Houston’s Nothing; the powerful vocalist regaled the coaches and audience with his mastery of musical notes. Timi, who was obviously impressed, had no option but to save the hefty singer.

Public voting opened immediately after Sunday’s show and closed on Thursday.

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