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Nigerian Idol: Gen Alpha Songs That Brought The House Down

Welcome back, music lovers, to another electrifying episode of Nigerian Idol! This week, the contestants took on the challenge of performing songs that Gen Alpha, can appreciate. The stage was set, the lights were dazzling, and the performances were nothing short of spectacular.

Starting with the elephant in the room, IK revealed the fate of Japh Kenti and Lammy, unveiling who had that final spot in the top 10. After a nail-biting wait, it was revealed that Lammy made it through, solidifying his place in the live shows.

Here’s a rundown of the top 10 performances:

1. Chima – “Lose Control” by Teddy Swims

Chima kicked off the night with a bang, setting the tone with an energetic and infectious opening number. It was the perfect way to get the audience in the mood for what was to come as affirmed by the judges as they praised him for setting the bar.

2. Gracia – “Titanium” by David Guetta

Gracia’s rendition of “Titanium” had the audience singing along with their hands in the air. Her powerful vocals resonated throughout the stage, making her an instant crowd favourite.

3. Lammy – “All of Me” by John Legend

Shortly after securing his spot in the top 10, Lammy delivered a heartfelt and emotional performance of “All of Me,” showcasing his vocal range and control. It was a touching moment that connected with the audience.

4. Stevie – “A Million Dreams” by Greatest Showman

Stevie with the big energy already had the judges and audience hyped from the moment he got on stage and his actual performance was nothing short of phenomenal. He got the judges on their feet with his performance with Omawumi calling it the best performance of the night.

5. Lady Ruth – “Drunk in Love” by Beyoncé

Lady Ruth brought sultry vibes to the stage with Beyoncé’s “Drunk in Love.” Her performance was steamy and confident, though the judges noted a few off notes. Nevertheless, it was a memorable rendition that showcased her ability to put on a show, which is also very key.

6. David Garland – “Falling” by Harry Styles

David Garland wowed everyone with his performance of Harry Styles’ “Falling.” 9ice declared it the new best performance of the night, with both Omawumi and Ric Hassani praising his vocal delivery and stage presence.

7. Maio – “Ojuelegba” by Wizkid

Maio surprised the judges by stepping out of his usual R&B comfort zone to perform Wizkid’s “Ojuelegba.” 9ice and Ric loved it, applauding his versatility. Omawumi saw it as preparation for even bigger stages ahead. It also seemed like the judges could not align on a singular top performance of the night, as 9ice also praised the performance as one of the best of the evening.

8. Jennifer – “Rise Up” by Andra Day

Taking on a challenge with Andra Day’s “Rise Up”, Jennifer’s performance left Omawumi speechless – quite literally! Ric admired her interpretation, and 9ice likened her to a blend of Waje and Omawumi, highlighting her impressive delivery.

9. Mira Clear – “Unstoppable” by Sia

Mira Clear’s rendition of Sia’s “Unstoppable” had mixed reviews. Omawumi thought it was nice but wanted more, while Ric felt she enjoyed the song more than she paid attention to the delivery of it. 9ice humorously noted that she looked stoppable despite singing “Unstoppable.”

10. Chioma – “Never Enough” by Greatest Showman

Chioma closed the evening with a powerful performance of “Never Enough” from The Greatest Showman. Omawumi jokingly remarked that Chioma ‘took her to church’, while Ric and 9ice both agreed it was a phenomenal way to close the show, with Ric tagging it his favourite of the evening.

Host IK asked the judges who they felt hadn’t shown all their potential. Ric mentioned that Maio and David Garland have more to offer vocally and performance-wise. 9ice pointed out that Lady Ruth and Mira Clear had more to show as well. Omawumi humorously responded with her hit song “If you ask me, na who I go ask” but emphasised her pride in all the contestants’ efforts tonight.

This episode of Nigerian Idol was a testament to the incredible talent and versatility of this season’s top 10 contestants. From powerful ballads to energetic anthems, each performance brought something unique to the stage. As they move one step closer to the finals, the competition is heating up, and we can’t wait to see what the top 10 will bring next week!

Stay tuned for more updates and performances as the live shows are now underway. Viewers can enjoy live performances every Sunday at 7 pm on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151, GOtv channel 12) and AM Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2).

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