by Seyi Lawal
The second installment of the reality television musical talent hunt show kicks of today, Wednesday September 28 2011 with a media and VIP conference at the Oriental Hotel Lekki. The ongoing conference is hosted by popular Vee Jay, Ill Rhymes. The first surprise of this edition is the revelation that Chocolate City’s boss, Audu Maikori will not be a judge in this edition and will be replaced by Charly Boy.
On introduction as a returning judge, Yinka Davies, dressed in a black flowing dress, gives a special rendition of Christy Essien Igbokwe’s ‘Seun Rere’ to the delight of the crowd. Ill Rhymes also revealed that he will be hosting the coming Nigerian Idols alongside rising Flytyme act, Tiwa Savage who joins him in hosting the conference. Like Davies, she makes her entrance with a musical rendition; she performs Whitney Houston’s ‘Every Woman’.
Auditions will kick off next week in Abuja before going to Port Harcourt, Enugu and Lagos. Prospective participants are required to download an online form from the show’s official website before activating via an Etisalat short code costing N100.00.
The grand prize for the Etisalat sponsored and Optima Studios produced show has also been upped to a $100,000 to include a management and recording contract. The first runner-up gets N1.5 million, a Samsung Galaxy Tab, a Blackberry phone and an iPad while the second runner up will take home a million Naira plus a Galaxy Tab, iPad and a Blackberry phone.