The burden is about to be lifted, the pain will soon be erased.
The winner of this year’s edition of The Voice Nigeria will be announced next Sunday and we’ll be saved the pain of having to watch what will now reign as the worst singing competition to come out of Nigeria
in recent times.
The second edition of The Voice Nigeria was hugely anticipated and the promise that it held nearly three months ago when it kicked off was by dint of the success of the first edition. We remember very clearly how we raved about that edition that gave us A’rese Emokpae as winner. We waxed lyrical about how the nearly perfect choice of judges – 2baba, Patoranking, Waje, Timi Dakolo – gave soul to the show with their unmatched authenticity.
Nearly everything that took us to Cloud 9 and back with season 1 still remains. The judges but for 2baba who was replaced by Yemi Alade, the amazing hosts, the major sponsor, the stage, et cetera. But this season falls short of strong, quality contenders who should be the heart of the show…and this is not an attempt to discredit the talented, young Nigerians who struggle week in, week out to impress the judges and more recently, the voting audience.
But talent is never enough!
We’ve seen super talented acts drop off right from the blind auditions owing to a judge’s inability to make an informed decision or what we can simply describe as a tight spot. We won’t forget how Yemi Alade sentimentally deprived Wolei a chance at making it to another round, until Timi intervened with a SAVE few seconds later.
When the power to keep contestants finally got handed to the audience, some of us knew it was time to ‘log out’. Just as we imagined, the votes were in favour of the contestants who have, over time, gained the largest following or who have ‘more church members’. We watched extremely impressive talents like Arewa and Victor leave the show and last night, we said goodbye to some of the strongest contenders, Ifeoma, Bada and Precious.
It is totally up to the organisers to draw up the show’s timeline however they please but the elimination process and speed with which we reached the finals has many asking questions, like these ones:
From top 16 straight to voting for the winner, it's like the budget for the show this year was reduced 😭😭#thevoicenigeria
— Bangarang (@t_nemi) September 17, 2017
The way they rushed the voice Nigeria this year enhhhhh. Like say world wan end oooo #thevoicenigeria
— . (@ada_jollof) September 17, 2017
Please I want to know if #TheVoiceNigeria is also ending next week in your side or it's just my television.
— Cocoa Butter ♥ (@Dani__Keri) September 17, 2017
Are you people serious?? Final already?? #thevoiceNigeria
The judges can boast of not telling the contestants the truth!
— Traveller Queen (@MckenzieIbeziem) September 17, 2017
Taking a cue from the last tweet, we also wonder if any of the four judges can boldly declare that their last pair standing are a mix of the best contestants on their teams so far.
Just as A’rese’s emergence as last season’s winner is still a cause for discontent for some, we can already tell that this year’s results will ruffle many more feathers. While we wait for it, we’ll be snooping around for the next big reality show on television.