Five days in the academy and in pops Iyanya. It must have been comforting to have someone who had been through it before and who can tell them how it really is, and in deed he told the truth. Iyanya said focus on the goal, don't let any distractions get in the way, not even your feelings. He also told them what its like when its all over, no matter at what stage you leave.
The contestants went through quite a drilling early this morning. Starting with mental strength, then onto multiple press-ups, hops and jogging round the Academy. Kaffy, the fitness coach cum dance instructor is determined to get them sweating real hard.
Thank God for Mummy J’s class which was after Breakfast. Evidently, Christian thoroughly enjoyed it and went on and on describing breakfast as his best meal. Edward also liked the meal so much he used his african fork. Mummy J could not hide her disappointment at him and Christian who were caught doing this with both hands to stop this habit.
Next mummy J had them play out a game where they act out an expression that reflects their names. Ayo was the most expressive and correctly interpreted his name and so he won the game. Marvelous did well too and was commended.
Uncle Ben’s class,started on a humorous note with the removal of wigs but turned out to be a tense one, particularly for Oyinkansade who was not spared at all. Diction was the cause, it landed him an immediately sending out of the class. Later called back only to be handed over to the others who were encouraged to help him out with his diction.
Ige’s class was enjoyably tough, and she seems to be liked a lot by the contestants. They rehearsed and rehearsed their songs.
Marvellous was later seen helping Oyinkansade out with his diction.
Brenda got motherly counsel from Mummy J, Sonia fell into Uncle Ben's 'late-comer's' net. Both of them sure won't forget today in a hurry.
Mummy J gave clear motherly rules to under-aged Brenda, telling her the issues considered before allowing her to get into the Academy in the first place. She told her to be covered at all times. No low-necks and definitely no skimpy dresses and she accepted without reservations.
It was Ige's first voice training class and trust, she has got a lot of technical words to play around with in her music class. she started out with asking the contestants what music is all about, and they started doling out all manner of definitions. She came to the rescue and took them through the basics of singing. She said her classes would entail.
Straight to serious business, the faculty-Mummy J, Ige, Kaffy and Uncle Ben made their way into the Academy for a formal introduction.
Mummy J introduced each faculty member and in what areas they will be working to improve and polish the contestants. She was curious about why they chose Project Fame. While most of them ranted about coming to learn, and would be happy even if they don't eventually win (yeah right); Oyinkansade confessed emphatically that he is here to win. Guess time will tell.
Mummy J's session, saw her asking Grace the Academy captain for the week to take her on a familiarization tour of the Academy. They started off from the guys room, where Mummy J encouraged them to clean their carpet daily so that dust does gather and affect their voices and also to lay their beds in the morning before they are set to go to class. On getting to the girls' room, she had issues with luggage everywhere and also clothes hanging everywhere (guess that's girly). She scolded some of the girls for bad bed-making habits and immediately made sure they fixed their rooms.
Getting in to the Academy was a dream come true for all of the contestants. Their entry into the academy was punctuated with screams of joy and excitement. It was one of those too-good-to-be-true moments. The lush furnishing, elegant framed pictures on the walls, a mirrored dance and fitness room, swimming pool, patio dining area all looked like a movie. But the fabulous 15 made it in after a long tough road.
Who says dream do not come true? It was another joyful day for Monica the winner of MTN Project Fame West Africa 4,its 1st and 2nd runners up as their dreams of owning a brand new car came to reality. These Project Fame 4 stars with their friends & families made their way to MTN office, Golden Plaza, falomo, Lagos to take delivery of their winnings.
Monica, who until now had not come to terms with the reality of the fact that she won a Rav. 4 jeep went on her knees in appreciation to God for her winnings after been presented the car. Ese on her part did not waste time at all as she jumped into her fully loaded Toyota yaris car and drove it away happily after taking ownership of the car keys. Roy who got ‘last man standing’ as his appellation in the competition could not hide his joy immediately the keys of a brand new Toyota corolla landed on his hands.
This again added another feather to the cap of the communication giant (MTN) who over the years have been in the business of enriching lives. Presenting the cars were Mr. Bola Akingbade (CMO MTN), Kola Oyeyemi (GM Consumer Marketing), Cherry Eromosele (Senior Manager - Segment Marketing)
Which of the sensational six will win? Hold on to the edge of your seats as the evening starts with high tension. The crème de la crème of the society were well represented. Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Veteran Actor Olu Jacobs, St. Obi and many other prominent personalities were present to celebrate with the winner.
The other 11 contestants that started with the sensational six were present in grand style on the Project Fame stage once again to give their support to the finalists. Ready to repeat one of their best performances on the Project Fame platform and their very own compositions.
Wizkid kicked off the show with some of his hits. Ruth took off and did ‘Saving All My Love For You’ by Whitney Houston, Roy performed ‘Dirty Diana’ by Michael Jackson. Ethel sang Toni Braxton’s ‘How Could An Angel Break My Heart’, Ese performed ‘If This Isn’t Love’ by Jennifer Hudson, Yvonne again did Rihanna’s version of Bob Marley’s ‘Redemption song’ and Monica blew everyone away again with Tuface’s ‘Only Me’.
Chidinma PF season 3 winner performed her new single ‘Kedike’ with a fresh video too.
Personal compositions followed initiated by well shot videos and beautiful transitions to the stage performance. Wow! They have actually metamorphosed into outstanding performers over the past ten weeks.
To cap the show with a thoroughly entertaining performance of hits was the International artistes – Dru Hill, the group who rocked the world in recent years got everyone waving and on their feet dancing and cheering.
The contest for the mouth-watering prizes took an ecstatic dimension today as the contestants treated the whole of West Africa to Global Urban Hits in preparation for the grand-finale. It’s been a exhilarating 10 weeks for all the contestants on their journey to fame. With seventeen contestants at the opening gala, six contestants are at this stage contending for the grand prize. Who then will carry the day? On a very intense note, Ethel who has been christened the ‘Queen of Ghana Swagger’ opened the floor with Britney Spear’s ‘Till The World Ends’. At this point, the judges could not but wonder at her improved skills and the ease at which she now performs. Roy brought an A-game to play and showed that he is not just the last man standing but he is very much up to the challenge. He gave a very electrifying performance of Maroon 5’s ‘Move like a Jagger’. He blew everyone away and got us all moving like a jagger.
Pretty Yvonne rose up to the task as she comfortably held everyone spellbound with Adele’s ‘Someone like you’. Her sonorous voice and smooth transition from normal voice to falsetto was well commended by the judges and the faculty felt so proud of her. Energetic Ruth proved how matured she has grown with a spot-on vocal dexterity as she performed Rihanna’s ‘We Found Love’. Monica raised the bar again tonight with Chris Brown’s ‘Yeah x3’. Her energetic and captivating dance steps were just on-point and she was christened ‘the most focused singer’.
Yippeeee! It’s Christmas. The yuletide began early for us as the contestants took the competition to another level of excitement. In the spirit of the season, the Play House Choir joined the contestants to usher us into a beautiful Carol Night and an evening of personal compositions.
Monica started off singing ‘Do you hear what I hear?’ The judges were full of her praise after this smooth rendition. Next was Ethel who brought us to a ‘jazzy Christmas’ with her beautiful rendition of ‘White Christmas’. Roy stepped up the ambience with a classic rendition of ‘What Child is this’? Yvonne was so on-point with her version of ‘The First Noel’, so also was Ruth whose performance of ‘Oh Holy Night’ pierced into the soul of everyone, while Ese brought a traditional feel to the season with a lovely performance ‘Gbo Ohun Awon Angeli ti nkorin’. It was a Yoruba carol song which got everyone dancing in excitement. It was indeed an awesome night!
Taking the performance to another level, the contestants brought up the game as they performed their own personal compositions. They were all very striking with their writing, arrangement, and performance skills. TY Mix did not fail to commend the depth of their talent. Ethel’s ‘Melody’ was quite striking especially with her description of birds and the ‘ti-ti-ti.....pow’ chorus. Ruth also did so much with languages as she sang her own ‘Mo n bo wale’. Ese dedicated her song to lovers which actually would pass for a wedding song. Roy did a beautiful one which he dedicated to ‘The African Child’, Yvonne sang ‘I Will Fly Away’, and Monica’s ‘Na you i want’. She sang in her language and ended her performance in tears.
As if all these performances weren’t enough, the evening came to a climax with the contestants s ending the show with a medley of K’naan’s ‘Waving Flag’ and Shakira’s ‘Waka Waka’.
The fate of the winner still lies in your hands as it is viewers votes that will determine the winner. So to vote for your favourite, text his/her unique number to 306 from an MTN line if in Nigeria, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. If in Ghana, text to 1739 even as the competition draws to a close.To make your favourite contestant ‘Ese(4), Ethel(5), Monica(10), Roy(13), Ruth(14) and Yvonne(16)’ the winner, text his/her unique number to 306 from an MTN line if in Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone. But peeps in Ghana can text to 1739.
Watch out! You'll need your dancing shoes for tonight's extravaganza of great performances. This time around, the final six contestants brought their A-game without fear of probation. They all gave their electrifying best this evening of Naija dance hits. The audience were thrilled to a state of frenzy from every single performance.
Ethel started by setting the evening ablaze with R2Bees’ ‘Kiss your hand’. She got everyone on their feet dancing from the beginning of the song to the end as she brought out her Ghanaian swag. The judges commended her interpretation and energy but did not fail to point out her lower register issues. Yvonne did justice to Wakumzy’s ‘Celebrate’. She enjoyed herself and obviously thrilled everyone too having evolved from the shy girl that she used to be to a bold performer, and also tagged 'sexy' by Buki from Classic FM the guest judge.
Ruth in her usual energetic fire brought performance to the next level as she performed ‘Implication’ by Tuface. She combined smooth energy, singing and dancing together as she ‘implicated’ everyone with her A-performance.
Monica took up the stage dazzling everyone with P-Square’s ‘Do Me’. In her usual daring personality she had everyone going with this performance and the judge couldn’t but commend her and also brought back the statement ‘small but mighty’ which has been used in previous seasons for the likes of Annette Cookie, Chidinma, and now Monica. The faculty also felt proud of her and were in praise of this stage diva.
Roy though didn’t have a smooth beginning with his performance of Duncan Mighty’s ‘Port Harcourt Boy’, he climaxed well with another popular chorus ‘O bu li wo me lu...’ but the judges did not spare him at all. They came hard on him pointing out all his mistakes but the end praised him for pushing through to the end. Ese ended the show well with 9ce’ ‘No be mistake’ which also got everyone on their feet dancing and yearning for more even as she climaxed into nice Fuji music. The judges were full of her praise and the faculty confirmed and affirmed that she is a star!
At this point, the winner of the competition has been left in the hands of viewers at home. Which of these contestants do you consider as your favourite and a deserved winner, and then keep voting for him/ her. To vote for Ese(4), Ethel(5), Monica(10), Roy(13), Ruth(14) or Yvonne(16), text his/her unique number to 306 from an MTN line if in Liberia, Nigeria, or Sierra Leone. But peeps in Ghana can text to 1739.
u people are doing a great job,most especially the faculty member,u are bringing out alot of potentials from the contestant.judges keep on judging well.contestant don't give up put more effort in what are u doing,remain focus.only 1 winner.hmmmmm may God help u all.
Why was Anthony not picked? The question goes to Ade Bantu? What are you looking for that you didn't get? You said you can hardly hear what he's singing. When he sing aloud you say he's shouting. Please that guy need to be given a chance. He's good. Please had already piked him as my best.
Some people achieve greatness while some are born with greatness. Project Fame people are great people. Thanks for coming to Ibadan.
I just want to thank the faculty memebers for the good job they are doing on the contestants,well done. I just love my ADETOUN! i pray she wins IJMN..Oyinkansade is also trying plus i like AYO's creativity,his ability to sing and mix all kinds of beat is really nice.kudos guyz.
Jst wnt 2 commend u guys 4 a job well done,d faculty,contestants,judges nd d anchor...u'r awesome..we love u