The billboard week performance of the Nigerian Idol Season 8, backed by Bigi drink from the stable of Rite Foods Limited has seen two (2) contestants eliminated from the competition after receiving the lowest votes from the audiences of the treasured and cherished musical show in Nigeria.
A week into the Live Show phase of the exhilarating music competition, the power was conceded to the spectators to decide who stays or goes off the show. To that effect, Abraham and Reigny became the first two-paired contestants to be served a quit notice from the show. Responding to the eviction, Abraham simply said “All is well” while Reigny stated that her heart was vague but regardless “It’s music on from here”.
Before the live eviction, while having a brief interview with news men, the pre-live-show evicted twin brothers – Mina and Mura said they were rooting for Reigny due to her unique style, voice and personality, however, they were disenchanted as their favourite contestant would later join the home-bound train due to her inability to gathered enough votes to sustain her spot in the on-going competition.
The highlight of the night came with aura, sparkle, excitement and staying power which typifies the mantra of Bigi drink – ‘For every moment’ as the contestants grabbed the microphone with poise to win the hearts of the spectators through larger-than-life performances.
Bold and beautiful Quest was the first to step on stage after the announcement of the evictee – Abraham. Defying the odds amidst the tense atmosphere, she was able to deliver ‘Damages’ by Tems with the demonstration of both stage presence as well as the enchanting brilliance of her performance, thereby thrilling the audience. Though, she was faulted by the duo of Dipo Oyebanjo aka D’Banj and Simisola Kosoko better known with her stage name of Simi, as both judges believed she was tensed and in a rush to deliver her presentation too fast. Commenting on her performance, Quest said her heart was racing seeing her friends evicted from the show, thereby justifying a glitch referred to by the two judges. For Obi Asika, she put in serious effort and a lot of energy considering her powerful voice control.
Performing ‘It’s plenty’ by Burnaboy, Henry Savy made an exceptional stage which came with some uncanny verve; however, the judges felt the concentrated energy was a bit low compared to the owner of the song’s vibes. “It’s amazing. You killed it but the energy is low” opined Simi. Obi also felt he needed to do something different and extra considering the uniqueness of his voice.
Fantastic Precious Mac wowed the judges and audience with her ‘Overdose’ performance of Marvin Records. The judges all agreed that her delivery was unique and excellent. “I like the way you carry and own the song” Simi praised her. Obi and D’Banj believed her swag is on point while the audiences were left captivated.
The Bigi Tamarin guy with a big personality and demanding presence – Chisom beautified the arena with Asake’s ‘Peace belongs to you’ as he dressed the path. Though the previous contestants were hailed but Chisom overrode them all leading to D’Banj’s remarks “I want to greet you specially. You came ready, entertained and performed beautifully.” What makes his performance extraordinary is despite not a Yoruba native speaker, he held the note till the end.
Goodness, the ‘Church girl’, took the ride through rap challenge with her ‘Feeling’ by Ladipo performance. Though, this is not her thing but she proved she could do anything to stay in the race and among the best. Justifying that, Simi said “Oh my goodness. I’m disappointed because I judged you wrongly. You did well”. D’Banj said her performance was ‘exceptionally’ while Asika commented “You made it easy; you killed the vocal and everything else”.
Looking all angelic, the youngest, and a dynamic singer, Constance who clocked 18-years old few days ago, as usual left an undiluted impression with the judges and audience, after performing ‘Alone’ by Burnaboy. She got an ‘incredible look and great singing’ remark from Obi Asika, ‘Superstar’ from D’Banj and ‘interesting sound, keep taking the lessons’ from Simi.
Soft and gentle man on stage – Ose Daniel, who is a Bigi Tropical drink fan mesmerized the audience with electrifying performance of ‘Bandana’ by Asake. Commenting on his performance, said Obi Asika “You unlock yourself. Welcome to Nigerian Idol”. Simi said indeed Ose stepped up his game and that was beautiful to behold. As for D’Banj, he approved that the entertainment card was played really well by Ose.
The last man standing, and of course Simi’s favourite – Victory is believed to have a distinct personality approaching from his previous interactions and last performance of Alicia Keys ‘Falling’. And this time, he lively with a cheerful smile delivered yet-another foreign song – ‘As It Was’ by Harry Styles which capped the night with attention-grabbing finish.
To retain favourite contestants in the Bigi Carbonated Soft Drink powered competition till the end, they need votes and that could be done through MyDStv APP, GOtv APP, SMS and Africa Magic official website. The live show edition for the Season 8 would continue to be aired on DStv Channel 154 and GOtv Channel 11 (Magic Showcase).