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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’.
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.
The competition is hotter now, the contestants are good singers but the judges are looking out for the performance and the X factor they have to bring into the competition. So, tonight these singers needed to not only up their games to please the judges but also to escape elimination.
Earlier in the day, the ambience lit up as the excitement rose to a fever pitch with the visit of Midnight Star and SWV that rocked the world with breathtaking R&B music to the Ultima Studios, Lekki all the way from the US of A to give the contestants moral support and encourage them to be the best in all they do. They had fun so much as the contestants and uncle Ben in particular treated them to different Nigerian hits.
Back to the gist of the evening, with the conscpicous absence of the Academy Principal, award winning actress Joke Silver who is fondly referred to as 'Mummy J', the show kicked off as Ghanaian Ethel did a smooth presentation of Lucky Dube's 'Different Colours' as the other contestants on probation performed the same songs that landed them on Probation one after the other.
Then came 'judgement' time. Surprisingly, the highest vote from viewers went not to Ethel as usual, not to Rachael, but to Roy...wow! and that was how the last guy standing escaped elimination. Ethel found favour in the face of the judges as they gladly saved, Ese was saved by the Faculty. As Monica and Ruth were the contestants not on probation, it was therefore their bid to save the last contestant. While Monica rooted Rachael, Ruth voted Yvonne and the need to break the tie came and the contestant saved by the viewers was called to do this. Roy with much thought saved Yvonne and that marked the exit of our Liberian Princess and Rachael. Sadly, though Princess and Rachael brought all their energy and best into their performance, they were not lucky enough to escape the sting of elimination.
When asked how they both felt about their exit, Princess obviously felt bad but still did not forget to send all appreciation to God almighty for bringing her this far. Rachael in her own words said, 'I never imagined I'll be here at a point in my life where I didn't believe I could do anything, but here I am'. God loves me she concluded.
The evening show came to a beautiful end as they both performed Whitney Houston and Cece Winnan's 'Count on me' as it ushered in an evening of beautiful duets tomorrow.
Another stiff competition show where the six contestants on probation sang to escape elimination.
Ruth stole the show with her energetic and electrifying performance of Aretha Franklyn’s ‘Respect’ after Ethel and Isaac sang Karyn White’s ‘Super Woman’ and Bill Wither’s ‘Just the two of us’ respectively. Roy upped the game with Barry White’s ‘My first, my last, my everything’, Ese did Mary J. Blige’s version Luther Vandross’ ‘A thousand Kisses’ and Velma, Abba’s ‘I have a dream’.
Ade Bantu, the international musician and producer was present as a guest judge. With his keen ears and eyes complemented our not-so-easy-to-please judges.
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.
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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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 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.