The classics "By the rivers of Babylon" and "The Earth song" by Micheal Jackson were beautifully combined and performed by all 10 contestants featuring PlayHouse Voices, who glided in beautifully, taking everyone by surprise. This heralded the other songs on this night of evergreen songs.
Princess started the night with an emotion-racked "I am going down" by Rose Royce. The emotions were so intense it looked like she was going to cry. Both the judges and faculty were pleased and commended it as her best performance yet. Another passionately delivered performance from Rachael singing ‘Loving you’ by Minnie Ripeton got Nomoreloss to doff his cap for her performance, and both the judges and faculty on their feet. Isaac's "Just the two of Us" by Billy Withers was a beauty to watch as he sung passionately to his partner across a romantic flowered table.
Yvonne's rendition of "I will survive’ by Gloria Gaynor was riveting and the judges commended her growth although wanted to see more emotion. Ruth seemed to get off to a poor start as she began "Respect" by "Aretha Franklyn" and the judges caught on immediately too. Roy's attempt at Barry white's "My first, my last, my everything" was a good try, but the judges were expecting even more, the same was true for Ese who did Mary J. Blige's ‘Never too much’ about which the judges felt was below her usual exceptional performances.
Ethel's "Superwoman" by Karyn White was considered by the judges as not passionate enough for this stage of the competition. Velma singing ABBA's ‘I have a dream’ looked good but the judges picked up her flaws and handed out their judgement.
After all sung and done, the suspense of nomination for probation gripped all in the new ultima studio, as Tee Y Mix called the first contestant on probation out, it was Isaac, then Ethel and also Ese, Roy, Ruth, Velma. Of the six on probation only Ese has never been on the block before.
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It was a Tension soaked show which saw three of the seven contestants on probation saying goodbye to the competition for good.
In a new studio and an obviously excited audience the contestants tried their best to sing their way out of probation. Ruth started off with her usual energetic display performing Beyonce’s ‘Crazy in Love’. Next was Emmanuel whom with obvious improvement from his 1st performance did ‘Crawl’ by Chris Brown. Princess got everyone on their feet with her version of Celine Dion’s ‘Power of Love’. Chidinma took on ‘You don’t know my name’ by Alicia Keys, soft-spoken Rachael flagged by two guys performed ‘Battlefield’ by Jordin Sparks.Joba also brought it on with John Legend’s ‘I used to love you’, and lastly for the evening was Roy who capped the performances in a beautiful way by singing ‘Numb’ by Linkin Park.
With the eviction of Aziga and Zaliha on Saturday, the contestants are beginning to sit up and understand the intensity of the competition. It’s another day at the University of Lagos where the contestants would be treating us to Urban Contemporary Music.
Monica opened the floor with a classic and energetic presentation of Amerie’s ‘One Thing’. She had the audience screaming with delight, wowed the judges and her fellow contestants. Velma did not drop the standard when she performed Celine Dion’s ‘Because You Love Me’. Joba as well tried his best with John Legend’s ‘I Used to Love You’, but his best was not good enough for the judges. Next was Rachael singing Jordin Spark’s ‘Battle Field’ with smooth adlibs but the judges felt it could have been better.
The excitement at the indoor sports hall of the University of Lagos was palpable. After coming tops in the uni+concert poll the live show was filmed in the University of Lagos.
The contestants on probation this week must have been hoping for pardon again this week,like it was given last week,but that was not to be.
They had to take us on a musical journey singing their songs from last week. Tenacious Emmanuel kicked off with a much better performance of Michael Bolton’s ‘When I get back on my feet’, closely followed by sweet Zaliha doing Adele’s ‘Rolling in the deep’. Aziga did Lionel Richie’s ‘Stuck on you’ and the judges felt it was a vast improvement on his previous performance.
The Big man Isaac sang ‘Water Runs Dry’ by Boyz II Men, pretty Ethel wowed everyone Toni Braxton’s ‘How could an Angel break my heart’. Lastly for the evening was Princess singing Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love.
After the performances, the result of voting was that Ethel again won the hearts of the viewers, Judges saved Isaac to his relief, Faculty freed Princess. Emmanuel, Zaliha and Aziga were left to the contestants not on probation to determine their fate in the competition.
At the end of the day, Emmanuel had the highest votes from them, leaving Zaliha and Aziga eliminated. With the sad exit of these budding stars, tomorrow will treat us to an evening of Urban Contemporary songs after which another set of contestants will be facing probation.
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The contestants were all in high spirits, gorgeously decked and ready to give their best, after yesterday’s display of forgiveness by the judges, that saw noone sent home.
To spice up the show Bez was present as a guest artiste and judge, along with him was Matilda Duncan who gave sharp insights in the absence of TY Mix and Nomoreloss.
Chidinma opened with a beautiful rendition of ‘Listen’ by Beyonce and it was a great way to start. This ushered in gentle Zaliha who with a chic, naughty school girl look performed Adele’s ‘Rolling in the deep’, as a matter of fact it wasn’t an easy song to render, the judges remarked. Big boy Isaac was next to perform ‘Water runs dry’ by Boyz 11 Men which the judges felt he struggled with. Calm and collected Aziga must have felt so good with himself after successfully singing Lionel Richie’s ‘Stuck on you’. But the judges felt there’s still more this Port Harcourt dude could do. Liberian Princess sure dressed like a priceless princess as she elegantly performed Whitney Houston’s ‘Greatest Love’.
It’s one of the saddest days of the show, tonight two more contestants will be going home. The week-long tension reaches a climax for Aziga, Emmanuel, Ruth, Isaac, Velma and Chidinma who could be going home today.
They have worked hard all week and now its time to perform the songs that landed them on probation, but before they do, the boys performed an energy-charged show-opening rendition of Boyz 11 Men’s ‘End of the Road’. We hope it’s not the ‘end of the road’ for two more boyz 2 night.
The show took another twist with the absence of two judges-TY Mix and Nomoreloss but the presence of Matilda Duncan, an Abuja based top-notch broadcaster.
The effect of yesterday’s eviction was still very fresh in the air as the contestants began to realise the essence of the competition. It was another night where they all gave it their best to escape the judge’s probation list.
Opening the floor was the sonorous Port Harcourt girl, Chidinma. She held everyone spellbound as she rendered ‘Wind beneath my wings’ by Betty Midler. The judges commended the tone of her voice and the personal feel she gave the song, but reminded her to be careful with pitching to avoid the risk of shouting. Next was beautiful Saro girl, Velma doing ‘From this moment’ by Shania Twain. The judges enjoyed her performance but pointed out that she could have done better than what she did, and the faculty promised to work on her.
The first eviction show was tension-packed, and you could almost see the nerves on the faces of the six contestants, wondering what their fate would be?
Aziga opened the drama-ladened show with a vastly improved performance of Marvin Gaye’s ‘Let’s get it on’. His emotions were more on point this time, his vocal delivery too did not go unnoticed and Kwame could not resist dropping some rhymes himself like ‘Aziga my nigga, probation is the trigger’, when commenting on the performance.
If you didn’t watch the show on TV, you sure have missed so much as the contestants have stepped up their games from the word go.
The evening started with Joseph apologising for Adora’s absence as he single handedly hosted the show. Ese opened the show with a beautiful rendition of Beyonce’s ‘De Javu’, the judges could not but commend her confidence and smooth performance which the faculty agreed to. Next to perform was the Port Harcourt singer Chidinma doing justice to Alicia Key’s ‘If I got nothing ‘. Joba impressed the judges with rich vocals as he lifted everyone with Westlife’s ‘You raise me up’. Velma sang ‘Always be my baby’ by Mariah Carey with so much vocal dexterity but the Judges frowned at her not-so-good demeanour.
The judges came hard on Kamar whom they felt did not really pull through with his performance. They felt he looked the part, but did not act and sound the part, never sacrifice singing for pleasing the crowd. Faculty concurred with judges and agreed that they would work on him. Next was the birthday girl, Princess from Liberian, earning a standing ovation from her beautiful performance of Toni Braxton’s ‘You mean the world to me’. Zaliha surprised the audience with her beautiful rendition of Whitney Houston’s ‘I have nothing’. Though the judges did not but noticed her nervousness, the faculty promised to work on that.
The first class philosopher, Ruth in her natural elements stopped at nothing to wow everyone. She got the judges on their feet clapping. She was generously commended for her microphone control, stage presence, running emotions etc. After performing Mariah Carey’s ‘I can’t live, if living is without’. Closely followed was Roy, who maintained the bar that was set by Ruth performed ‘Fool Again’ by West Life'. Pretty Ethel, the only Ghanaian in the Academy did not drop the standard either. She came up elegantly to perform Keri Hilson’s ‘Pretty Girl’. Jennifer Hudson must have felt really proud of Monica if she was present to hear her sing ‘Spotlight’. Monica did justice to this song and got loads of accolade from both the judges and faculty.