By Dipo Olowookere
For ardent followers of happenings in the entertainment industry in Nigeria, one of the questions on their lips is who wins Nigerian Idol Season 6 on Sunday, July 11, 2021?
Last week, Kingdom Kroseide and Francis Atela made it to the final round of the prestigious programme after they received the highest votes from viewers.
They now have the chance to win the prize of a recording contract with a leading record label and N50 million worth of prizes when the show climaxes this weekend.
The host of the show, IK Osakioduwa, announced the eviction of Akunna after she raked the lowest number of votes from viewers. However, she performed a song to bid the show farewell and she did not fall below expectation when she entertained her fans with Set Fire to the Rain by Adele.
After her performance, it was time for the two finalists to slug it out, singing three songs each, which comprise their choice of song, their favourite, and the one the judges think they did best in the show.
As the performance of the top two commenced, Kingdom did excellently well with the song Say Something by A Great Big World, and wowed the judges, as they commented.
DJ Sose put in good words saying, “We are not giving up on you, you keep climbing higher.” For Seyi Shay, she said, “Perfect song, l am very proud of you, your performance is magical and l am proud of you.”
Not left out was Obi Asika, who enthused, “You always have the voice, your confidence shows you know what you are doing. You also have the swag.”
Francis first song, So High, by John Legend, was welcomed with accolades as Asika remarked, “You had a stadium performance, l can feel what you are singing.” DJ Sose, who was very elated, pointed out his excellent stage presence and quality voice, saying “lots of people can feel what you are singing and you have proved why you are here.”
It was indeed exciting as the next round of songs chosen by the top two contestants was captivating and ushered in good words from the judges.
Kingdom’s rendition of the song, Lions Sleeps Tonight by Solomon Linda, was hailed by Asika, who said his performance was world-class.
“Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening” was what DJ Sose, an award-winning Nigerian-Hungarian disc jockey, said, adding that, “You have brought the kingdom down and have given it to everybody,” while Seyi Shay said, “You are just making my head bigger and bigger, indeed you have too much to show the world.”
As the show continued, Francis’ second song Please forgive me by Bryan Adams left Seyi Shay speechless, while DJ Sose posited, “I like that, you did it technically. I would prefer you walk the stage more than you did,” with Asika stating that, “You have the presence and the voice, well done.”
Like the previous performance, Francis’ third song from a collection of Marvin Gaye Sexual Healings aroused Asika’s choice of sweet words. “Your voice is so unique, it sounds awesome,” the music executive said, while DJ Sose said, “Whether you win or not, you are a star,” with Seyi Shay saying, “You are incredible.”
Kingdom’s Just the way you are by Bruno Mars was also exhilarating, a performance that made Seyi Shay exclaim in Yoruba language saying, Kilode, meaning what is this? She continued with joy, expressing herself, stating, “You are perfect, fantastic, thank you for that.”
Also, Asika extolled him saying, “You guys are creating problems here today; your performance, stage presence and swag are all incredible. You are going to be a star,” while DJ Sose affirmed “we are overly impressed, you are not the same guy we met at the beginning of the show. Nigeria, please vote.”
As the show climaxes on July 11, the votes of the over 11 million fans will decide who wears the crown as the Nigerian Idol winner of Season 6 sponsored by Rite Foods’ Bigi soft drinks.
The show airs on DStv Channel 198 and GOtv Channel 29.
UniAbuja Student Wins N1.5m in Boomplay Campus Music Star Season 1
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A 200 level student of the University of Abuja (UniAbuja), Ms Emmanuella Adejoh, has emerged as the winner of the Boomplay Campus Music Star season one.
The Guidance and Counselling budding singer won the grand prize of the competition, N1.5 million, due to her outstanding performance, according to the judges.
She defeated the other contestants, especially those that made it into the top three, to clinch the coveted prize.
The first-runner up was Iroenyenwa Nzubechukwu, a student of the Federal Polytechnic Nekede Owerri, studying Mass Communications; and the second runner-up, Godswill Sarah Iruoma, a student of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, studying Hospitality Management.
It was gathered that the music hunt contest had the trio of Teni, OAP Do2dtun, and a renowned music producer Philkeyz as the judges.
They were involved in accessing the several entries received for the completion and pruned them to 10, who made it to the finale.
The rookie artistes underwent a series of activities, including a master class training session, a team bonding exercise, press conference and community display of their talents.
The Boomplay Campus Music Star competition was created to discover loads of talents in the country and provide them with a platform to showcase their skills.
The official partners of the programme were SHAREit Lite and Vskit, while the media partner was Trace TV.
Legendary Singer Dayo Kujore Dies at LASUTH
By Aduragbemi Omiyale
A legendary Juju musician in Nigeria, Dayo Kujore, has died at the age of 63 at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) Ikeja, Lagos.
The singer, according to reports quoting his daughter, Ayinke Kujore, died on Monday morning at the hospital.
The Soko Extra crooner, who started playing the guitar at 10 and rose to become popular for creating a new tune from the Juju genre called Soko music, gave up the ghost after a brief illness.
However, his family is yet to formally state the actual illness that claimed the life of the veteran Juju musician today.
The report of his death is already generating reactions from stakeholders in the Nigerian music industry, with friends, colleagues and fans sending their condolences.
Dayo Kujore serenaded lovers of good music during his lifetime with albums like Soko Xtra, Joy, Easy Life, Wisdom, Elevation and Superjet, which turned him into a household name in 1991, though his first album was released in 1977 and was titled Ha! Jesu Mbe.
Veteran Nollywood Actress Iyabo Oko is Dead
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
A veteran actress in the Yoruba movie industry, Sidikat Odukanwi, otherwise known as Iyabo Oko, has passed on.
One of the children of the deceased, Ms Bisi Aisha, who is military personnel, confirmed the death of her mother.
“May ur soul Rest In Peace mummy,” she posted on one of her social media pages.
Also, one of the colleagues of Iyabo Oko in Nollywood, Mrs Foluke Daramola-Salako, posted on Instagram the death of the prolific actress, who reportedly breathed her last Wednesday evening.
Iyabo Oko died after battling with an illness, which kept her away from movie locations. She finally succumbed to the illness yesterday.
“And finally, we lost her.. rip Iyabo Oko, we did our best but God knows best,” Foluke Daramola-Salako wrote.
In 2021, when one of the daughters of the late actress, Olamide, revealed that her mother was diagnosed with ischaemic stroke about five years ago but kept her health issues away from the public, some thespians rallied around with financial assistance to get her back on her feet.
Pictures of her on the internet showed the state of her health and spurred more reactions from fans and colleagues. She was treated and later discharged from the hospital. Thereafter, not much was heard about the 61-year-old actress until her death on Wednesday.
Iyabo Oko was born on November 15, 1960, in the Iwo Local Government Area of Osun State. She acted in several films before bowing out the stage.
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