On Wednesday, the show was nerve racking because the contestants had to sing for Tosin alone in the auditorium – he’d provide zero feedback until the end of the show when the cut down began.
I was a little disappointed at the performances – I mean, HOW do you stand in lines in your region, sing in front of an audience, hold your breath while selections are made, make it to the semi finals, now sing to get into the top 10 and…wait for it…you forget your lyrics! How? Nerves? Maybe, we’ll never know. Suffice it to say that all the “lyric amnesiacs” didn’t make it through.
There of course however were GREAT performances and I for one cannot wait till they perform for us on the Sunday show, after which we can start voting. Yay!
So the top ten are Ekeng, Tha brothers, Niniola, Moses, Shadrack, Casey, Rasine, Peace, Boma and Najite.
Sunday’s show started with interviews because now we have more time and as voting begins, they say the viewers need to get to know the contestants. Olisa’s looked real sharp in his clearly tailored to fit suit. Tosin was nowhere to be seen. (Hmm, a twist perhaps?)
Niniola started by singing the wonderful classic ‘Unconditional Love’. I’m not too impressed, as she added an unnecessary shout at the end of her performance.
Up next was Shadrack performing Mario’s ‘Let me Love You’, sporting a nice little hat and had the ladies screaming. His audience feedback was great, with a female audience member saying “Shadrack you’re my own Mario” (oookkk).
Peace was up next saying she needs our votes very badly. She performed Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’. She really looked different (I was like woahhhh). She totally rocked it in red jeggings, a fitted belted blazer and of course a sharp hair cut. Go Peace! The make-over was well done.
Casey came up next and performed ‘I Swear’, made famous by All4One. He pushed the limits of his voice, but alas he totally pulled it off and owned the song. Big ups! The ladies were definitely feeling him, and even Olisa had to recognize the fact. We can already see crowd faves emerging.
Rasine’s interview was pleasant, and she hit the stage with Bryan Adams’s ‘Everything I Do, I Do it For You’. She took the song over in its entirety, and even came down the first level stage to get closer to her audience, whom of course gave her fabulous reviews.
Five down, five to go. I must at this point drop kudos to whomever is the show’s stylist because these guys looks absolutely great – modern, youthful and sharp!
Ekeng was up next and tells us during his interview that he was actually on a date the day of his first audition (You brought your date to your Naija Sings audition? Oookkk). Well he sang Usher’s ‘You Remind Me’. I personally don’t think the song did his voice justice at all. He tried to own it, but… Anyway, he looked nice and is definitely another ladies fave, and from one male audience member’s comment, a guy’s fave too.
Boma was the 7th performer of the night and she straight up just begged for the votes, with hands clasped together and everything. She performed Fergie’s ‘Big Girls Don’t Cry’. She looked fly in the gold shift dress and like most other contestants made a strong attempt own the song. I’m going to stay on the fence on this one!
Da Brodas were up next with the classic ‘End of the Road’ by Boyz II Men. These boys impress me everytime I hear them. They clearly practice as much as they can because they are always on pitch! They actually made a female audience member shed a tear… Kudos boys!
Najite with the deep-ish voice came up next and said we should vote for her because she’s got what it takes. She then decided to take on Whitney Houston’s ‘I will always love you’. The audience thought she was great and the male audience member simply said “I love you”. Alrighty then.
Finally it was Moses’s turn, and he was totally full of life. Moses chose to perform a song which tested his vocal chords, and he didn’t do a shabby job at all. He sang ‘Apologise’, and the rendition moved a male audience member to say “I love you”. Guys seriously, you cannot be telling another guy you love him on national TV. We’re still Nigerian and it just sounds too weird, ehn. Thanks.
The guest commentator said Ekeng was her low point and Boma was great. Tosin our dear resident judge was proud of his selections. His low point was Rasine, and he said she can get better with time. His high points were Casey and Moses.
Before I sign off, I have a question to throw out. So the competition is called Naija sings, right? So why do they ask people in Benin Republic and other obscure countries to vote, and then spend time calling out a long number? American Idol doesn’t say “and if you’re in Mexico, please text 1800…”. I’m just saying!