Faith Mac and Dotun, two Nigerian Idol contestants, have been evicted from the show after receiving the fewest votes in the first round of public voting.
Last week’s performances featured the surviving contestants performing covers of songs written by their musical idols in front of the judges – Seyi Shay, DJ Sose, and Obi Asika.
Kingdom, a Teni fan, performed a rendition of the song Uyo Meyo, which was well received by the audience. DJ Sose commented that he seemed at ease with the song, and Seyi Shay said that the performance was emotional.
Daniel, another contestant, performed a cover of James Arthur’s song “Empty Spaces.” Seyi Shay and Obi Asika both criticised his performance, but DJ Sose thought he did well.
Faith Jason, for his part, chose the song ‘All Time Low’ by Jon Bellion, which he performed during the audition. The judges loved it even more this time because Seyi Shay couldn’t keep her excitement in check.
Beyonce chose to perform a cover of the K-Pop band BTS’s song, Dynamite, while expressing her admiration for them. DJ Sose praised her for displaying her playful side, while Obi Asika emphasised her progress throughout the competition.
Obi Asika praised Emmanuel’s soulful cover of Labrinth’s song, Beneath Your Beautiful, for its palpable emotion. Seyi Shay called it “captivating,” and DJ Sose said Emmanuel would fare better as a live performer than on a studio recording.
She took on the difficult task of covering Beyonce’s “XO” in a glowing red gown, but her strong voice carried the performance.
The judges praised her vocal range and stage presence.
Voters also appeared to be kind to Clinton, who put his vocal abilities to the test with John Legend’s “Tonight,” with some assistance from the live band.
Seyi Shay thought the delivery was unnatural, but praised his vocals. DJ Sose, for one, felt he “owned” the song.
During the show, IK Osakioduwa prodded the judges to reveal which of the remaining contestants they would save if they had their choice. Obi Asika and DJ Sose chose Francis and Comfort, respectively, but Seyi Shay chose the fifth option.
Francis, who chose to perform Sam Smith’s “Writing On The Wall” — the theme song for the James Bond film Spectre — was also saved by the voting public.