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Top Five Contestants Light Up Idol Stage With Naija Hits



Nigerian Idol Judges: Dede (left), Yinka Davies, Mannie and Dare on set

Excitement continued at the weekend in the on-going Nigerian Idol, with the five remaining contestants taking to the stage to perform rave-making contemporary Nigerian hits.

They were scheduled to roll on a two-leg solo performance on the night, thus setting the stage for each to put up a serious fight for the multi-million naira top prize in contention.

The night however started off on a low key with the duo of Classiq Tunez and Preye failing to deliver on their renditions of Wizkid’s Show me the money and Johnny by Yemi Alade respectively.

Classiq Tunez struggled with his pitch as observed by Mannie, a guest judge and On-Air-Personality on Cool Fm, while Preye produced a somewhat interesting performance, but did not light up the stage with the appropriate energetic dance required to match the theme of the song. The night however, came alive with Dolu, who performed Tiwa Savage’s Wanted.

Her performance did not go un-noticed by the Judges. “After all the struggles, it’s nice to see you come of age. You are beginning to own the stage, oozing confidence,” remarked Darey.

Fans favourite, K-Peace picked up the tempo from where Dolu left off with a rendition of Shake body by Skales in a performance that had a near perfect stagecraft mixed with balance and confidence, and so electrifying and sensational to warrant a standing ovation from Darey, who could not help rechristening the performance ‘As E Dey Hot’.

“I can watch him all night. He looks like a true performer, let’s be honest. The song is not exactly vocally challenging, but he showed the ability to carry the audience along and get response from them because he is a performer,” added an elated guest judge, Mannie.

Nex2’s performance of Davido’s Gobe was a reflection of the typical energetic performance he appears to have made his own on the show.

The second round of performance offered to the contestants an opportunity for self-vindication and to assert authority on their games. As in the first half, Classiq Tunez kicked off proceedings but again failed to hit the form that has endeared him to his fans on the show.

His delivery of Wizkid’s Back to the Matter was flat and did not resonate with the audience and Judges who appeared unimpressed with a telling puckered brow.

Preye’s rendition of Kcee’s Limpopo was enough to make up for the obvious gaps noticeable in her first half showing. She may not rank among the Show’s great dancers, but she did enough to provoke a standing ovation from the four judges.

Nex2 posted his best performance ever on the show when he took to the stage to perform Timi Dakolo’s Iyawo Mi. It was one performance that etched itself in many minds with the accompaniment of theatrics.

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