As the curtain for the season three of Nigeria’s top TV reality show, Nigerian Idol draws this weekend, expectations are high as many people are locked in argument over who smiles home with the star prize of $100,000.
Moses and Debbie came top after the last 10 contestants were evicted few weeks ago, leaving the two of them to battle for the coveted prize. Indeed, from all indications, both Moses and Debbie have not left any one in doubt as regard their ability to clinch the prize.
The elimination of Safeeyat from the top three left Moses Obi-Adigwe from Benin and Debbie Olu-Rise from Kogi State as the final two contestants. With their last Sunday’s performances, the two final contestants are battle ready to shock the world.
At the memorable event, which had Femi Kuti, Jeffrey Daniel and Yinka Davies deliver their judgment on the outing, alongside the host, Ill Rhymz, Moses and Debbie came on stage, nattily dressed in a sparkly mini dress for Debbie Rise and a dapper suit for Moses. Then, with their family and friends cheering loudly in the background, the two contestants took turns to give the performances of their lives.
Throughout the competition, Debbie Rise has struggled with stage presence, pitch and form, but on that night, she aimed to put it all behind her as she stepped confidently to the microphone and unleashed her inner diva. She started with a bold performance of the track ‘Survivor’ by Destiny’s Child, fused with a bit of DJ Khaled’s ‘All I do is Win’.
Wearing a military inspired outfit, Debbie showed that her presence in the finale was no fluke, making her presence felt with her irrepressible energy. The judges definitely took notice, with Femi telling her, “I thought this was going to be a one sided competition but you came ready for battle.”
Her next act took her into reggae with the reggae fusion track, ‘Shy Guy’ by Diana King, which included snippets of ‘Love is Wicked’ by Brick & Lace, and ‘Hold Yuh’ by Gyptian. Here, she continued with her liveliness on stage, and concluded with her patented move-an awe-inspiring split.
The move got her compliments from Banky W, while Yinka warned her to “not let the performance get in the way of her singing”, Jeffrey called her a gladiator, telling her that her performance was “good stuff”.
Her final song for the evening was a reprisal of her best performance of the season, her stellar performance of Alicia Keys’ ‘Fallin’’.
She unleashed the sultry side of her personality, personifying the lyrics of the song. “You have been wonderful tonight!” said a very excited Yinka, kissing the air as she gave her review. Banky W told her, “You have done an amazing job. If we are judging you by the totality of your performances tonight, you are ready.” Femi admonished that she has to learn to preserve herself and voice in order to sustain multiple performances.
Meanwhile, If nothing else, Moses should be named the comeback kid of the show. Brought back into the top 12 after failing to get in through votes, he has ridden all the way to the top two, and made a definite case that he should be the next Nigerian Idol. Banky W told Moses after his first song that, “I almost forgot that Cee-Lo wrote that song. It felt that you wrote and produced it.”
Moses dominated with that track, picking the perfect song that showcased his voice. Rocking to Cee-Lo Green’s ‘Forget You’ he strutted around the stage wearing a blue blazer/white shirt/black trousers combo, and the studio audience took it all in. Yinka used several euphemisms for the word spicy, and Jeffrey told him simply, “You make the stage come alive.”
It is not often that we see Femi speechless, but Moses managed to leave the Afrobeat legend at a loss for words after he performed ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley, which was infused with another reggae track. Moses belted out the song effortlessly, had the crowd went absolutely wild with delight, and floored the judges.
The closing ceremony will have the top 12 in the house, both evicted and finalists. Also, superstars like ‘Oliver Twist Master’ D-Banj, Season II’s winner, Mercy Chinwo and Femi Kuti have been lined up to thrill guest at the closing of the event.
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