The lovely singer with the baby doll voice, Efezino bid her tearful goodbye as Nigerian Idol sailed past the halfway point and into the top five. The competition is now left with five contestants looking to be crowned the season three champion of Nigerian Idol. This week, the guest judge was brilliant singer and entertainer, Dare Art Alade, who came excited to see what the remaining contestants could deliver.
The themes for the evening were music from the late, legendary R&B singer, Luther Vandross, as well as something straight from the home shores: highlife.
A special performance by Fatai Rolling Dollar ‘Won Kere si Number Wa’ kicked off the evening as appreciative in-studio audience gave the performance a loud and prolonged standing .
Starting with Luther Vandross songs, Safeeyat was the first to perform amongst the contestant with 'So Amazing'. Jeffrey told a disappointed Safeeyat that “…the passion and emotion that was supposed to be in this song, I was not getting that.” Dare gave his own critique saying, “I think you struggled to connect to the song.” JayFeel, was next, singing 'If I Didn't Know Better'. While Yinka looked mildly pleased with his performance, Dare was blunt with his criticism telling the back-flipping singer, “I thought you didn't really control the song.” Jeffrey added, “Your voice was scratchy.”
Moses performance of 'If Only for one Night' had the judges on the fence. While Dare told him, “One word: soulful,” Femi was disinclined to agree, saying, “It was good as usual,” then referred to his words of warning to the ‘teddy bear’ singer last week about sustaining a performance. Yinka was thrilled however, hugging Moses and saying, “That is what I'm talking about!” Abasiakan’ rendition of 'I'd Rather' saw an ecstatic crowd rise to their feet, and the judges were effusive with their praise. However, Dare told him he needed to connect more with the audience.
Debbie was the last for the evening, starting with a beautiful guitar intro for her version of ‘Dance with my Father.’ Again, the judges gave mixed reactions, with Yinka saying the guitar worked for her but Femi telling the strumming songstress, “You can’t give your competitors any chance.”
Then the competition switched gears and turned to the highlife tunes, starting with Moses and an experimental take on the classic song, 'Sweet Mother'. The judges got into quite a heated argument, with Dare of the opinion that the changes made to the song were too experimental. Abasiakan took on the challenge of ‘Hallelujah’ by one of Nigeria’s greatest divas: Onyeka Onwenu. A quick learner, he took Dare’s earlier critique to heart, and tried to connected with the audience.
JayFeel chose to perform ‘Taxi Driver’ wearing an afro wig, bow tie, shorts and knee length socks. Dare said, “I would like to see a lot more musicianship from you at this stage of such a competition.” Femi added “I think Dare is right, in the middle of the song you went off key, twice.” Debbie Rise performed ‘Mo s'orire,’ while it seemed she has been battling vocal issues, the judges loved it.
Safeeyat who had started the first phase, ended the second with ‘Seun Rere.’ The judges were all disappointed with her attempt.
There you have it. The top five have performed and are now waiting for your votes to keep them in the competition.
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