The sixth season of the Nigerian Idol music reality show is gradually coming to an end and the top five contestants are ready to battle it out for the top spot.

Sunday night’s show was themed pop versus jazz and the contestants were required to perform a song from each genre.

Over the course of the week, the contestants made a visit to Bigi for a meet and greet, where they performed their version of a Bigi jingle as a team.

They also had the opportunity to meet with the ever-vibrant TV personality, Denrele Edun, who gave them “fabulosity”. He schooled them on how to become a brand ambassador and their meeting ended with each contestant leaving with a package from the Lush Hair brand.

Performances

Last night, Faith Jason opened the floor with his rendition of “Someone You Loved” by Louis Capaldi. Comfort took over by performing “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. Fan favourite, Kingdom, performed “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars. The girl with great charisma, Akunna, took the stage to perform “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus.

To end the first round of songs, Francis Atela closed the stage with “Too Good at Goodbyes” by Sam Smith.

Following the first round of songs, IK asked guest judge, Mr P, who his winner was and the well-known singer mentioned Akunna.

For the second round (Jazz), Faith Jason opened the stage with “I’d Rather Go Blind” by Etta James. The Judges were impressed with his second performance. Dj Sose felt his performance was fantastic, but pointed out that he needs to work on projecting his voice. Seyi Shay loved every bit of his performance and she believes that he gives a better show with his guitar. Mr P loved his choice of song and considered his performance great.

Comfort seemed to show her level of growth as she performed “Save the Last Dance” by Michael Bublé. Seyi Shay was quite impressed with her growth as she now sings with confidence, which shows that she has evolved since the first day she met her.

Kingdom’s performance left the judges speechless as he performed “Feeling Good” by Nina Simone. The judges were happy with his performance and Seyi Shay reassured him of her confidence in him.

She also believed that Kingdom was the strongest vocalist without any shadow of a doubt. Kingdom, undoubtedly outdid himself as he successfully turned Mr P and Dj Sose into “prophets”- Dj Sose believed that with his consistency, he would make it to the top 3.

Mr P said that he was going to shine and go places in life, especially in music.

The next contestant, Akunna, gave a beautiful rendition of “I Put a Spell on You” by Nina Simone. The judges felt her performance was mind-blowing.

Mr P mentioned that he was wowed by her facial expression while performing and he assured her that he would pay any amount to listen to her perform at any concert. Dj Sose believed that she performed greatly for both songs. Obi Asika commented that Nina Simone would be happy with her. He reaffirmed that he loves her consistency. Seyi Shay also loved how she connects with all her songs. She strongly believed Akunna was one of the best contestants as she’s never worried about her performances.

Knockouts

The show finally came to an end with Francis Atela’s rendition, “Hello” by Lionel Richie. According to Dj Sose, Francis brought “Las Vegas to Lasgidi”. His performance was incredible, as Seyi Shay commended the versatility of his voice.

Mr P loved both performances but believed the second came off as stress-free, more like “I’m winning this competition” kind of confidence. Obi Asika loved the performances as well and was pretty much impressed with his confidence tonight.

With over seven million votes for the top six (6), unfortunately, it was the end of the road for Emmanuel as he exited the competition Sunday night.

Viewers still have the power to vote for their favourite contestants as the power to determine who stays and who leaves is solely in their hands.

Voting on Nigerian Idol is via the website, mobile site, MyDStv, and MyGOtv apps and via SMS, which is available only in Nigeria.

You can vote for your favourite contestant via the Africa Magic website, www.africamagic.tv/nigerianidol, and the Africa Magic mobile site by selecting contestants of your choice and entering your number of votes, and click VOTE.

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