African night on MTN Project Fame West AFRICA was original and fresh. The contestants and presenters all decked in stylish and elegant African motifs, coupled with first class performances.
In the first segment, the contestants performed duets: Yvonne paired with Roy to perform Onyeka Owenu and Sunny Ade's 'Wait for Me' and the judges thought their teamwork was great and the performance honest and enjoyable.
Ese paired with Ethel to render 'Miracle' by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. The judges commended their performance noting that although the pair had voices as different as night and day, they succeeded in blending their voices and achieving balance. Ruth and Monica brought the house down performing 'Yori Yori' by Brackett. The judges thought they were lacking in their singing and team work, even though they scored an A on performance.
The second segment opened with Yvonne's performance of 'Kuchi Kuchi' by Jodie. The judges praised her for pushing herself beyond status quo, but noted that she could do better. Ese was next performing Waje's 'For a Minute'. The judges thought she sounded tired, but agreed that she did justice to the song. The Faculty disagreed with the judges and opined that what the judges interpreted as tiredness was merely the contestant interpreting the song.
The Ghanaian Ethel delivered an electric performance of Whiz Kid's 'Holla at your Boy'. The judges were impressed by the fact that Ethel gave the song her own interpretation, beautifully, rather than attempting to replicate whiz kid's character. Roy delighted the judges and audience as he performed D'Banj's 'Scape Goat'. The Faculty and judges noted that he had done something extra ordinary as it was no child's play singing a D'Banj song. Ruth performed Tiwa Savage's 'Kele Kele Love'. The judges noted that although her performance was excellent, her singing was shrill and loud as she very much misplaced the mood of the song and was too dramatic in her delivery.
Monica closed the night with her super performance Tu-Face's 'Only Me'. She had the crowd on their feet and the judges in awe at the way she had delivered a Tu Face song to perfection; Kwame even promised to ask Tu-Face's management to allow Monica remix the song!
At the end of the show, the judges grudgingly yielded the authority to place them on probation to viewers. So now the competition is stiff as their survival depends on your votes. To save any of them, text their unique number - Ese(4), Ethel(5), Monica(10), Roy(13), Ruth(14) and Yvonne(16) from an MTN line, if in Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone, but text to 1739 if in Ghana.