Nigerian Idol: Banty bid farewell as Progress and Zadok emerge to Top 2
The race began last night when Progress and Zadok made it to the Top 2 after Banty left the show.
Back like they never left, ex-Nigerian Idol Season 7 Contestants opened the night of thrilling performances with a medley of songs and were joined shortly by the top three finalists. The songs performed include Fela’s Lady, Wizkid’s Ojuelegba, Koffi Olomide’s Papa Mobimba and Osama by Zakes Bantwini.
Shortly after, the time for Elimination came and sadly, the last girl standing, Banty bade farewell to the Nigerian Idol Season 7 race with a performance of Bruno Mars’ When I Was Your Man. Do not feel sad for Banty though, because, after her performance, D’banj promised to have a record with her on it. Not a bad start to her career right?
Right before the night’s competition started, the host, IK Osakioduwa, shared that this season received over 175 million votes with 34 million recorded for the new week. That’s right you all have been Voting religiously and we couldn’t be more appreciative.
After IK’s announcement, the business of the day commenced with the performances of the night. The performances were split into three rounds which included their favourite song for the Season, the judges’ favourite, and a final one with the 121 Selah choir.
Progress’s first performance of the night was Sam Cooke’s A Change Is Gonna Come, to which he received a standing ovation from the audience and judges. Missed it? Watch the performance below.
Zadok turned up the atmosphere with his performance of Michael Bolton’s When A Man Loves A Woman.
Progress again opened the next set of performances with Wizkid’s Joy, and his rich vocals shone through the rendition.
Zadok performed another Michael Bolton song chosen by Simi and did justice to the infamous Soul Provider. For his colourful performance, he received a flower from a female audience member.
For the final round, Progress and Zadok went head to head with their performances with the 121 Selah choir. For Progress, he performed Jon Ogah’s Uncle Suru. In reaction to his performance, the judges applauded him and commented on his growth since he came on the show.
Zadok closed out the show with Timi Dakolo’s Wish Me Well, and he proved why he deserved to be one of the finalists.
The pen-ultimate live show had a star-studded audience with attendees like God Friended Me star Brandon Michael Hall; The Real Housewives of Johannesburg star, Tarina Patel; Bob Hart Abishola star and Episode director, Bayo Akinfemi; and the CEO of MIPAD, Kamil Olufowobi.
The Nigerian Idol Season 7 grand finale airs next week. Don’t forget to vote for your top contestant, as the power to determine the winner is solely in the hands of the viewers. Voting is open now and will close at 9 pm on Friday, 20 May 2022. Viewers can Vote via the Africa Magic website, mobile site, and MyDStv and MyGOtv apps.