It was a thrilling night of music, dance and rave reviews as the excitement grew to a fever pitch over at Dream Studio. Nigerian Idol, the most exhilarating television show to hit the airwaves in Nigeria was preparing to name its number one singer, after the final two competitors went toe-to-toe, singing for the tempting $100,000 prize and the pride of being called THE Nigerian Idol season three winner.The elimination of Safeeyat from the top three left Moses Obi-Adigwe from Benin and Debbie Olu-Rise from Kogi State as the final two contestants. With R & B singer Banky W adding his superstar wattage to the affair, it was a night to remember at Dream Studio as the finalists made their mark and left nothing to chance with their stellar performances. One of the biggest highlights of the evening was when Banky dazzled the crowd with his latest hit ‘Yes/No’, and the sharp moves and even sharper vocals, combined with his affable personality brought out the screaming fans in the audience.
Femi Kuti, Jeffrey Daniel and Yinka Davies were also on hand to deliver their judgment on the performance that took place on Sunday Night, along with the host with the most, Ill Rhymz. The two contestants came out on stage, nattily dressed in a sparkly mini dress for Debbie Rise and a dapper suit for Moses. Then, with their family and friends cheering loudly in the background, the two contestants took turns to give the performances of their lives.
Throughout the competition Debbie Rise has struggled with stage presence, pitch and form, but on this night, she aimed to put it all behind her as she stepped confidently to the microphone and unleashed her inner diva.She started with a bold performance of the track ‘Survivor’ by Destiny’s Child, fused with a bit of DJ Khaled’s ‘All I do is Win’. Wearing a military inspired outfit, Debbie showed that her presence in the finale was no fluke, making her presence felt with her irrepressible energy. The judges definitely took notice, with Femi telling her, “I thought this was going to be a one sided competition but you came ready for battle!”Her next act took her into the reggae with the reggae fusion track, ‘Shy Guy’ by Diana King, which included snippets of ‘Love is Wicked’ by Brick & Lace, and ‘Hold Yuh’ by Gyptian. Here, she continued with her liveliness on stage, and concluded with her patented move—an awe-inspiring split. The move got her compliments from the man himself, Banky W, and while Yinka warned her to “not let the performance get in the way of her singing”, Jeffrey called her a gladiator, telling her that her performance was “good stuff”.
Her final song for the evening was a reprisal of her best performance of the season, her stellar performance of Alicia Keys’ ‘Fallin’’. She unleashed the sultry side of her personality, personifying the lyrics of the song. “You have been mwuah tonight!” said a very excitable Yinka, kissing the air as she gave her review. Banky W told her, “You have done an amazing job. If we are judging you by the totality of your performances tonight, you are ready.” Femi admonished that she has to learn to preserve herself and voice in order to sustain multiple performances.
If nothing else, Moses should be named the comeback kid of the show. Brought back into the top 12 after failing to get in through votes, he has ridden all the way to the top two, and made a definite case that he should be the next Nigerian Idol.Banky W told Moses after his first song that, “I almost forgot that Cee-Lo wrote that song. It felt that you wrote and produced it.” Moses dominated with that track, picking the perfect song that showcased his voice. Rocking to Cee-Lo Green’s ‘Forget You’ he strutted around the stage wearing a blue blazer/white shirt/black trousers combo, and the studio audience took it all in. Yinka used several euphemisms for the word spicy, and Jeffrey told him simply, “You make the stage come alive.”It is not often that we see Femi speechless, but Moses managed to leave the Afrobeat legend at a loss for words after he performed ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley, which was infused with another reggae track. Moses belted out the song effortlessly, had the crowd absolutely wild with delight, and floored the judges. Banky W, with a rousing call to the “Area!”, told the ‘Teddy Bear’, “You were born to sing. “We know it when we hear it. Keep singing!”
Dressed in all black, a top hat and a red velvet jacket, he reprised his best reviewed performance throughout his time on Nigerian Idol: his take on ‘Oliver Twist’ by D’Banj. It was no less that Moses’ best performance of the evening and again, his stage presence, vocals and charisma received nothing but praise from the judges. Yinka said, “You picking this song was just perfect!” before expressing even more delight. “You deserve to be where you are,” Jeffrey told him.
This is it. There are no more performances, no more shows, no more chances for Moses or Debbie to try and win the hearts and minds of Nigeria. After 70 days, it all boils down to this one moment. Find out next week in the grand finale who will take it all as Nigerian Idol season three draws to a close.
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