Naija Sings: the refresher course

by EN

Naija Sings Season 1 ended last year with Jon from the Abuja region carting away the grand prize of $100,000 (yup, that’s a truck load of money!) His single, Gbedu featuring Sasha, is a nice party jam, and the music video was hot too. So when the call for entries for Season 2 hit our TVs, we knew more people were going to rush for the auditions, and they didn’t disappoint.

Season 2 has retained the same format as last year – there’s no sense in changing a winning formula, right? Olisa Adibua is still the host (amidst heated debates in some quarters about whether he’s the best/hippest/most befitting host for the show), and there’s still the audience member’s commentary after every performance (one in Lagos actually said “men you are too gbaski“. I hope we’ll figure out what that means someday). Finally, there are still two regional judges who join one resident judge – this year, it’s the one and only Tosin Martins (we’ll come to him later).

Season 2 has kicked off with a truck load of buzz as well as ridiculous and appetizing auditions. The audition team has been to Benin, Enugu, Calabar, Abuja, Kaduna and Lagos and we’ve seen the best, and of course the “not so best”. The regional judges have been great – we’ve had the likes of GT the guitar man, 2Shotz, Djinee and Omawumi.

Pray tell though, why oh why does resident judge Tosin Martins feel the need to ‘over talk’? We value his opinion, but honestly we’re just consumers trying to enjoy the show. Dear Judge Martins, please stop giving us the rudiments and theory of music and any other grammar that requires a dictionary to understand. You’re not Simon Cowell. Thanks. That being said, my only advice to the other judges is this:

If your talent isn’t singing, don’t be so cruel, especially if you have to perform at the end of the show!

Moving on… the regional auditions are complete and the semi finalists have emerged – Ekeng, Niniola, Casey, Solace Crew Quartet, Tha Brothers, the two Daniels, Shadrack, Rebecca, Irene, Biodun, Jibrin, Favour, Rasine, Leonard, Peace, Clever, Amaka, Nneka, Moses, Boma, Najite and Tega.

This Wednesday they’ll show us what they’ve got and they’ll be cut down to the final 10 in one fell swoop by the resident judge himself. We’re ready to watch, but Tosin needs to completely calm down this time around – no excessive grammar, no calling anyone “dumb”, and please no music lessons.

Now the real competition begins…

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