by Isi Esene
After weeks of driving through the country auditioning singing talents, the Nigerian Idol train finally came to Lagos for what could be called the ‘grand finale’ of Season 3 auditions. On Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10, thousands of Idol hopefuls made it to Dream Studios, Bamako Estate, Omole, the venue of the Nigerian Idol auditions to try out for a shot at global fame.
The event which recorded an unprecedented turn-out saw an ‘August’ auditioner. “I am very glad that I was able to make it to Nigeria early enough for the audition. I watched the show last year in the States and I made up my mind that I must be here this year for the auditions,” said Oreoluwa Liyele, who arrived from New Jersey on the day of the audition.
“I have failed post-JAMB exams seven times and instead of sitting at home idle, I decided to come here last year but I didn’t make it past the Top 50. Having gone that far last year, I was encouraged to try out this year,” said another auditioner, Ovie Omosharley.
As usual, lead sponsor Etisalat was on hand to ease the tension and entertain the hopefuls. There was a full blown concert headlined by young and vibrant artistes already making waves in the industry like Chuddy K, MayD, and Olamide.
“It has been a mind-blowing experience for the Idol team over the last one month, as we have seen and heard dynamic voices from the five states where auditions took place. There is a reason why Nigerian Idol is called the real-deal and this is why Nigerian youths look forward to the opportunity to be part of the show every year.
“Nigerians haven’t seen nothing yet from the last two seasons, an artiste that will hold his/her own against the Beyonce’s and the Chris Browns of this world is going to revealed come December when the show will be on air,” said Tiwa Medubi, the Project Manger.
Hosted by on-air personality, Ill Rymz, the judges for this season are; African-American dancer, singer and former Michael Jackson’s personal choreographer; Jeffrey Daniels, veteran singer, Yinka Davies and Afrobeat legend, Femi Kuti.
This season’s prize is valued at $100,000 and the elements are thus; N7.5 million cash, a recording contract worth N7.5million and an SUV.
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