After a week's stay in the Academy, it was time for the contestants to prove what they have learnt so far on stage. They treated the whole of West Africa to a delightful cocktail of musical performances.
The evening kicked off with Didi, Marvellous, and Musulyn singing Michael Bolton's 'Lean On Me, 'So Amazing' by Luther Vandross and Alicia Keys' 'If I ain't got you'. They opened the floor with their individual performances easing everyone into the show fully.
Ayo, Kemi and Chinyere did not dull at all. They upped the game as each of them performed Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song', 'Best Thing I Never Had' by Beyonce Knowles and 'Someone Like You' by Adele.
After these six phenomenal performances, came Adetoun, Tega and Grace beautifully pulling 'Listen' by Beyonce, Toni Braxton's 'Unbreak My Heart'and 'Can't I Live' by Toni Braxton.
The next set of contestants sang their way into everyone's heart effortlessly as they took our musical journey to the next level as Oyinkansade sang 'So Sick' by Neyo, Edward performed 'All Night Long' by Lionel Richie and Brenda's energetic display of Beyonce's 'Hello'.
After these twelve awesome performances, the last three contestants took up the challenge and beautifully brought the day to a climax with Vanessa William's 'Color of the Wind', 'My Girl' by The Temptations and Reuben Studdards' 'Flying Without Wings'. So with Sonia, Joshua and Christian rounding in such manner, the judges and faculty took time to express their views.
While Brenda got a lot accolades from the faculty after mentioning that they all seemed to have sang in their comfort zones, the judges also felt the contestants were good but advised them to bring something exceptional to the table because only the very exceptional will survive.
Tomorrow, they will all be singing again but this time to escape being put on probation. As the contest toughens, the drama and twist begins!
Temitayo Ibitoye popularly known as Tee- Y Mix is a multi-talented Keyboardist and an A-list music producer based in Nigeria. He is an indigene of Ondo state. He grew up in an artistic and musical environment where he displayed from an early age, great interest in music.
He holds a degree in computer science from the University of Abuja, a diploma in Audio recording engineering from the Audio institute of America and is soon to complete a degree program in Business Administration with the University of South Africa. Tee-Y Mix started producing music as early as 2001 and has since grown to be one of the most sought after music producers in Nigeria. Since his first hit, Adara by Sasha in 2006, he has maintained a consistent delivery of good productions till date.
Bibie Brew, is a Ghanaian award winning International recording artiste who has flown Africa’s flag way beyond the shores of the continent. She is an International star performer, known through her Hit 'Tout doucement' that topped the French charts in the 1980’s. She has recorded and released 5 major albums and 42 singles in France and the whole of Europe.
In her spare time she uses her talent to teach local aspiring musicians in Accra and Paris, helping them to achieve recognition. Bibie has been a Judge on the MTN sponsored “Project Fame West Africa” in Nigeria for five years running. Bibie is currently an Honorary General Secretary of Musicians Association of Ghana, she runs an Arts Café in Accra Called “The New Morning” where she gives young people the opportunity to showcase their talents in arts to high profiled patrons from Embassies and Foreign Missions across Ghana and other notable individuals and groups.
Ade Bantu is a Nigerian-German musician, producer, activist, lecturer, public speaker and grenzgänger. He is the founder of the band, Bantu (Brotherhood Alliance Navigating Towards Unity), and the Afro-German NGO & Musical collective, Brothers Keepers. He currently resides in Lagos, Nigeria
Deservingly, Bantu netted the 2005 edition of the prestigious Kora Award (the pan African equivalent of the Grammy) in the categories “Best Group West Africa” and “Best Group Africa”.
Bantu was introduced to the Nigerian audience in 1999. The group became an instant success with their radio hit singles “Nzogbu” & “Fire Inna Dancehall”. Over the years, they have consistently released videos and audio recordings of their works which has helped garner a loyal fan base and following. He has collaborated with various artists such as: Xavier Naidoo, UB40, Gentleman, Patrice, Nneka, African China, Adewale Ayuba, Abiodun, Fatai Rolling Dollar, Azadus, Mode 9, Tony Allen, Soundsultan, Harry Belafonte and Asa.
He is presently the newest judge on Project Fame West Africa!
The city of Abuja had its own fair share of Project Fame experience. Young talents from the nook and crannies of Abuja trooped out to give fame a chance.
While a few smiled home with their bags full of ‘Yeses’, many others were not lucky enough to impress the judges.
Oprah and Javy came with high hopes but they were not able to impress the judges, the birthday boy also was another interesting character who though got a birthday song from the judges, couldn’t sing his way to a yes. Interesting characters you will say...
Joy and Deborah, interns at the Rhythm FM, Abuja and students of Birmingham University came to give fame a shot. While Deborah was able to sing her way through, Joy sadly has to try again next year.
Here’s another chance to see the drama, excitement and fun all at the Federal Capital territory.
Ibadan has God talents indeed. The ancient city of Ibadan also played host to Project Fame crew as the search for the next music mega-star hit the city. Will they find another Roy? Will there be another Yetunde-omo Ibadan, or big, bold and beautiful Krimi? Guess time would tell.
Very early in the morning, Tafo-Arena, W.A.E.C. Junction, Eleyele, Road, Ibadan witnessed an overwhelming assembly of 'wanna-bes'. While some took solace in the restroom to rehearse, some others chose to dance to the blaring tunes from the loud-speakers at the waiting arena and some others clustered in groups preparing for the day, some aged men were not left out with their traditional musical instruments. It was a rich assemblage of diverse music talents all for one goal.
The judges were - Sholla Allyson a well known musical icon, ace broadcaster Damola Tinubu popularly known as Dammy T. and Ibadan based O.A.P. Tony Roland Awobode (Don. T.) had a filled time hearing out everyone who cared to sing and took the onerous task to select the ones that would make it to the next stage.
While we had the good, the not-so-good, and of course the funnies; the judges were able to pick out those that would make it to the next stage of auditions. How far will they go? Will they be able to compete with contestants from other regions?
Yesterday was Azonto fiesta in Ghana, and today the audition train stopped by Calabar, the city of Etighi. This was where the Kukere crooner-winner of Project Fame season 1 was discovered. Will another winner emerge from here this season? Let the search begin...
Very early in the morning, Marian Hotels received a huge influx of hopefuls who like Iyanya once upon a time came to be auditioned. While we can safely call some of these budding stars masters of dance, others just should just be christened super clowns.
After searching through major cities in West Africa, twenty-four contestants made it to semi-finals. And to make it to the next stage, they had to face the huddle of impressing the judges.
With music veteran Ade Bantu as the newest judge, the show kicked off with Uncle Ben visiting the contestants at home with the good news of making the final 24. They joy of these contestants knew no bounds as they prepared for the heat show.