November 8, 2011
It was a spectacular showcase of talents as Nigeria’s biggest music reality show Nigerian Idol held its final Season II auditions at the Dream Studios in Lagos. From Friday November4 to Sunday November 6, thousands of young talents trooped in to take a shot at being the next Nigerian Idol. The-3 day event recorded a massive turnout as registration lines stretched across Bamako Street and up to the main road, obstructing traffic in some instances.
The audition train started in Abuja in October, breezing through thousands of talents in Enugu and Port Harcourt along with Etisalat-sponsored mini-concerts which provided extra entertainment.
“I am very happy to be here,” said Ronke Adeniji , a petite 21 year old Nigerian who travelled all the way from Abidjan, Ivory Coast to be a part of this year’s show. I followed the show on Facebook and Twitter throughout the show last year and I made up my mind to be a part of this one. Once the time came, I packed my bags and came to Lagos.”
Abdul Bolu, unemployed graduate, travelled all night from Nassarawa to take part. “I actually borrowed my transport fare from my elder sister, he explains as he practices on his guitar. I could not afford it to the Abuja auditions; I had to convince my family members how much this meant to me. Luckily they believed in me and here I am today.”
Ronke and Abdul are just two from thousands of young Nigerians who travelled to Lagos from far and wide to take part in the auditions with the dream of becoming the next Nigerian Idol.
“But of course, this is Idol so that is only expected,” said Tiwa Medubi, who is Project Manager. “There is a reason why Nigerian Idol is called the real deal, and that is the reason these young people are mega-excited to be part of the next season. I daresay that this year will be an even more spectacular show than last year’s. The prize haul this time around is bigger and better and we have an immensely talented pool of contestants on the show this year. This definitely helps our focus – maintaining the international standard of the show with infusions of our distinct Nigerian flavour to give the audience the very best entertainment anywhere across the continent.”
Nigerian Idol Season II is brought by Etisalat, in conjunction with Pepsi and Sony. Other partners include Air Nigeria, Megalectrics and Beat FM.
Judged by the trio of international music icon Jeffrey Daniels, Charles “Charly Boy” Oputa and diva Yinka Davies, the show begins airing on 4December, until the winner is announced at a grand gala on 1 April 2012.