by Isi Esene
The energy levels went through the roof as Africa’s biggest music reality show Nigerian Idol made its second stop this season in the city of Port Harcourt on Saturday, 20 October 2012.
Hotel Presidential, the venue for the audition, played host to a lot of young and aspiring acts – from the excitable to the nervous – all revved up to be Nigeria’s next superstar.
“I have come back to finish what I started last year,” said Oguadu Chinedu, who was evicted from the show last year.
“I have always dreamt of being discovered on a large platform like the one Nigerian Idol provides,” said another hopeful, Felicia Pako. “I was sad when I
realised Calabar wasn’t selected as one of the states for the auditions but I was advised to come to Port Harcourt.”
As usual, lead sponsor, Etisalat, was on hand to ease the tension and entertain the hopefuls. There was music and comedy – headlines by Kay Switch who performed his hit song, ‘Sister Caro’ and Waconzy who performed his song, ‘I Celebrate’.
“We’ve been to Port Harcourt twice before and yet we had an even larger
turnout!” said an excited Tiwa Medubi, who is the show’s Project
Manager. “It proves something we have come to find out – young people
passionate about their dreams and talent are passionate about the platform that Nigerian Idol offers, and it certainly adds a spring to our step as we move to Owerri, where we anticipate even larger numbers.”
The Nigerian Idol auditions now move to Owerri on 27 October, and will hold at the IMO Concorde Hotel, Owerri-Port-Harcourt Road, New Owerri Layout. After this, Benin is the next stop on 3 November and Lagos will host the grand finale on 9 and 10 November, 2012.
This season’s prize is valued at $100,000 and the elements are thus; N7.5m cash, a recording contract worth N7.5m and an SUV.