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.
With a big bang Monica, Iyanya, and Chuddy K kicked off MTN Project Fame Season 5 in grand style. After auditions in ten major cities in West Africa, the eighteen finalists sang their hearts out to convince the judges to give them a ticket into the highly coveted fifteen spaces in the Project Fame academy.
The hosts of the show - beautifully adorned Adora Oleh and Joseph Benjamin the dapper stepped out elegantly on the world class stage to kick off the night. The faculty and judges in their usual exquisite element were introduced with glamour. Worthy of note is the introduction of Ade Bantu, as a new member of the panel of judges, whom has begun to ingrain his wealth of experience and expertise into the music climate of Project Fame.
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.
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!
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.
The contestants were still excited and basking in the euphoria of their new place of abode, when Mummy J came in for her class. They were glad to have her in the Academy for the first time and her class was commendation all the way. She talked about their last performances and took time to analyze them one after the other.
It was also Uncle Ben’s first class in the Academy. Ethel came in late for the class but found grace in the sight of Uncle Ben, he congratulated them all for their last performances and encouraged them to work harder for the final huddle. In preparation for the final lap of the competition, they were all asked to choose a song they would want to relive;
Whaaaooooooooo...!!! Wat another BOMB SHELL u guys dropped on my HEAD dz weekend AGAIN!!!!!! Last tym i complained how they evicted TEGA 4rm d academy by putting her fate in the hands of fellow contestants......
2DAY AGAIn...(blincking my eyes in tears)it was my Cool, Nice, Awesome BRENDA...!!! MTN, Faculty, Judges WHY...?????????????????
wat aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah feeeling!!???
PROJECT FAME YOU ARE SIMPLY THE BEST.
KUDOS TO THE FACULTY GREAT JOBS.
JUST WANT TO WISH ALL THE CONTESTANTS BEST OF LUCK. I WISH ELLA WINS COS SHE IS TALENTED, FOCUSED AND HAS LISTENING EARS. KUDOS TO THE FACULTY, JUDGES, JOSEPH AND ADAORA. I LOVE YOU ALL
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i want to appreciate the faculty especially uncle ben. what i see him doing is clear.He wants the best out of his students. keeping them on their toes is good reminder that nothing good comes easy.