Nigerian Idol 2023 Golden Ticket and Theater Week Contenders

Last night, Nigerian Idol moved on to Theatre Week with a total of 136 contestants who had received Golden Tickets during the competition’s audition round. Akinwande, Amaka, Busayo, Favoice, Reigny, Sapphire Whinnas, Shemilore, and Victory were the last eight to receive the Golden Ticket. There was little time to celebrate because as soon as they were named, they were faced with the first challenge of Theatre Week: choose a song from a list of 12 selections and present it to the judges in just a few hours!


Then came the decisive moment when the chaff was separated from the wheat. Some competitors couldn’t tolerate the heat and forgot their songs, while others froze with fear as they faced our judges. Tade, who was up first, couldn’t sing any lyrics to the song she picked to perform because the backtrack was playing in the background. She was followed by potential idols Elizabeth, Royal, and Savvy TG, all of whom had forgotten their lines. For a brief moment, it appeared that several of the contestants, including David Garland, Pheelamilo, and Esty, couldn’t handle the pressure, as more of them, including David Garland, Pheelamilo, and Esty, failed to do justice to the songs they picked to sing.


The stage, on the other hand, was brightened up by the performances of Quest, God’s Own, Goodness, and Yella, who received approval from our judges. More contestants, including Soultunes, Professor, and Iyanu, advanced to the next round of Theatre Week after strong performances.The good news didn’t stop there, as Amaka, Arite, and Fejiro also made it through, and Shemilore and Constance closed off the night with their incredible renditions of Arya Starr’s “Away.” This, of course, advanced them to the next stage of Theatre Week.


The night ended with only 76 Contenders left to battle in the next round of Theatre Week. Will we see more tension rearing its head as the competition chugs along? Only time will tell.

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