The competition is heating up and we’re getting to the point in the Idols competition where things start to heat up. Yes we’re heading towards the top 12, and so far 9 contestants have jumped the hurdle into the top 12. 3 spots are left and 9 contestants are vying for those spots.
You have an opportunity to guess the 3 winners of the wildcard round for the remaining 3 spots in the top 12. Guess correctly and you get a chance to win tickets to Etisalat’s VIP lounge at the live recording of Idol next Friday.
But before we get into that here are the 9 contestants that have made it to the top 12 so far:
Diwari Peterside 526
Diwari is the second child of four kids and hails from Opobo town, Rivers state but grew up in Lagos. She also lived in the UK for seven years and returned to Nigeria last year to attend law school. Her passion for music gave her the push to come on the show to share her gift with the world and of course, ignite her dreams!
Ayobami Ayolola aka A.Y.O 529
Occupation: Recording Artist, Song Writer, Actor
A.Y.O started singing from a tender age in churches. He’s the first of five children. A fun and people’s person as he says, this multitalented contestant says he’s entered the competition because he has what it takes to go the whole nine yards. If he’s to count, this is ninth shot on a kind of platform but he is positive he’ll make it this time with the support from family, his fans, and viewers and eventually emerge as the winner.
Chinwo Nnenda Mercy aka Mecinda 530
Mecinda is a prospective student of linguistics at the University of Port Harcourt. This lover of music and indigene of Ikwere in Rivers state says she’s on Nigerian Idol to make a difference and to encourage the talented youths in Nigeria to never give up on their dreams. Some of her musical influences include, Asa, Omawunmi, Whitney Houston and Alicia Keys. She likes sincerity and dislikes the opposite. Mecinda says she’s in it to win it. Time will tell.
Giami Lynda (512)
Giami Lynda loves music because it makes her happy. The 23 year old medical laboratory scientist auditioned in Enugu and her performance of Jennifer Hudson’s ‘One night only’ impressed the judges and Jeffery said he would like to see her do more, apparently that what she’s here to do now. She intends to study and do inspirational music while she finds inspiration from her role models; Jennifer Hudson, Omawunmi and Asa.
Deborah Ibinabo Romeo (517)
Deborah Ibinabo Romeo is an inspiration. A Nigerian by birth, she permanently resides in Gambia when she flew all the way back to Lagos to audition this season. Her rendition of Beyonce’s ‘Listen’ endeared her to the judges. Apparently it was time for her dreams to be truly heard when she poured out her heart on stage. Jeffery compared her to the Lion King while Charly Boy said he loved her shoe. She credits Whitney Houston, Waje and Omawunmi asa her role models but would actually be honored to work in collaboration with Tuface Idibia. She intends to create her own unique genre of music which fuses hip-pop and local style which she christened ‘local style of music’.
Adum Oboni Honey (519)
He writes his own songs, strums the guitar and croons like no other. Meet Adum Oboni Honey rather known as Honey. With a voice as sweet as his name and a charming attitude, Honey won the hearts of the judges when he sang his personally penned songs ‘I Dey and I love you’ at his audition in Abuja which earned him a golden ticket right away. A self-taught guitar player since 2007, he sees Nigerian Idol as a means to an end in achieving his long term dream of becoming a afro-soul singer. He credits Wyclef Jean and Lagbaja as his biggest inspirations.
Najite El-David 510
A 24 year old law student who wants to use this medium to showcase her vocal talent by becoming the next Nigerian Idol. Jeffery told her he’d like to see her do more after her audition in Port Harcourt and Najite says she’s here to even do more than is expected of her. She credits Omawunmi, India Arie and Idol’s delectable hostess Tiwa Savage as music role model and hpes to work with them some day.
Nneka Njoku 506
“There’s a fire starting in my heart”… she sang. And it didn’t take long to realize why; she has a voice of fire. Though just 23 years of age and working as an investment associate, she intends to pursue her long time dream of becoming a world-class singer and now here she is.
Ugwuadu Chinedu’s 503
After what the judges termed an emotional audition, Ugwuadu Chinedu’s rendition of Timi Dakolo’s ‘There’s a cry’ in PortHarcourt got him a spot on the top list and now he has his eyes set on big price. Chinedu is a firm believer in hardwork and to him he’s about to prove to the world the kind of stuff he is made of, as he believes he’s talented enough to prove it.
WILD CARD (Pick 3 Winners From This List To Win Tickets To Etisalat VIP Lounge)
Joe Anthony Ekpo (514)
Joe Anthony Ekpo best known as Joe Blue was most notable for his peculiar sense of style in season 1, now he’s back to take it past that. The judges were so impressed with him that they asked him to do 2 other songs after his rendition of Lionel Richie’s ‘Hello’ and that got him a golden ticket. Joe Blue says he’s doing this for his dad—his biggest fan—who passed away a fortnight after his eviction in season 1. He believes he embodies the entire package of a Nigerian Idol which
Sylvester Kiskin 524
A.k.a Sly 1 is a 24 year old contestant whose Idols include R.Kelly, Asa and Anita Baker. To him, the competition is a platform to display his talent to the world. The young man from Delta state is the fifth child of eight children and he hopes to become the 2nd Nigerian Idol.
Akinjo Olufunke 522
A.k.a Phunky-Sings is a 26-year-old student form Ondo State. She entered into the competition for the fame and her best judge so far is Yinka Davies who she says exudes life. Olufunke’s hobbies include singing, cooking and acting. The kind of music she intends to do as an artiste are R/B, hip-hop and highlife.
Ebi Paul Oti 509
Asked why he auditioned Ebi Paul Oti replies “I want to ignite my dream, and I believe Nigerian Idol would”. Joking, Paul says his rendition of ‘You love me’ Jill Scott and Lemar’s ‘Time to grow’ earned him 13 yeses from the 3 judges. Crediting Asa and Akon as his musical role models, he hopes to work with them as well as Wiz kid, Jill Scott and Kim Burrell if he becomes the next Nigerian Idol.
Peace Akrakra-Olom 528
Peace Akrakra-Olom aka Sophyn might appear small but there’s more to her than meet the eyes. Even Jeffery couldn’t help noting that fact when he said “big things come in small packages” after her rendition of Mariah Carey’s Hero. The 23 year old credits Beyoncé, Ego and Asa as her music inspiration while she hopes to eventually collaborate with her role models and produce her own inspiration-genre’d songs.
Stephen Onochie 525
A.k.a N-er-gy is a 26years old student-graduate from Delta State. Not only does he want to win the season II competition, he wants to be famous. His musical heroes include Michael Bolton, Donnie MC-Clurkin and Jennifer Hudson. ‘When I sing, I touch the lives of people because of the uniqueness of his voice’ he says. To him, this is a good platform to show the world what he can do.
Apochi Oghenetega (520)
Immediately Apochi Oghenetega auditioned Whitney Houston’s ‘Trying my own’ in Port Harcourt, Jeffery said she was what they wanted. As a twin to her brother who doesn’t even sing, the 22 year old undergrad of animal science and fishery sees music as a way of expressing herself. She feels its best shes coming to the music industry at a time when it’s really improving which is why she would like to work with Tu face if she wins this season of Nigerian Idol.
Onoja Godwin (518)
If Abuja ain’t got nothing, it definitely got Onoja Godwin aka G Circuit. His rendition of Beyoncé’s ‘1+1’ was what got him a golden ticket and brought him into the show. Jeffery felt he was the one they’ve been waiting for while Charly boy even prayed for him with his sheathed sword. Even though he has been encouraged since forever by folks to take up music professionally, he realizes now is the best time for him to let out what he has within: good music. A big fan of john legend and Praiz, he wants to become a fulltime jazz and soul singer.
Obinna Michael Byno 508
Behind the cool personality called Obinna Michael Byno lies a bundle of talent. He impressed the judges so much at the Lagos auditions that they asked him to perform 3 different genres and his versatility got him the first golden ticket in Lagos. Apart from being a guitar maestro, this University of Lagos undergrad writes his own songs and intends to work with the likes of Chris Brown and Lil Wayne in the future.
What Can you do to be eligible to win? Simple. Answer the following question correctly and send your answers to email@example.com
Guess the winners of the next 3 spots in the Top 12 from the wild card contestants.
Send correct answers along with your Name, Email, & Phone Number to firstname.lastname@example.org
- You must be in Lagos and be able to attend the event on Feb 3rd, 2012
- You can only send one email per user. Double emails will be deleted and applicants disqualified.
The winner will be contacted.
Good luck people.