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Nigerian Idol 2021: All You Need To Know About Nigerian Idol Season 6

Filed in Articles by on July 19, 2021

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The Nigerian Idol 2021 has come and gone. We will inform you of all you need to know concerning the 2021 edition, popularly referred to as The Nigerian Idol Season 6 started which started airing on March 14th and came to a close on July 11th, 2021.

Nigerian Idol 2021

The show has had a tremendous impact in Nigeria and beyond. And in spite of the five years hiatus since the last edition, the show still managed to garner enough support, sponsorship, and audience.

The Nigerian Idol Show

The Nigerian Idol is Nigeria’s version of the Idol series and it was inaugurated in 2010. The launch had coincided with the country’s 50th anniversary. It came with the Tagline: Live Your Dream. Accept No Limitation.

In the preliminaries of the show, every Nigerian between the ages of eighteen (18) and twenty-eight (28) was eligible to participate in the auditions. The show had commenced in the October of 2010, airing across the entire African continent as it was shown on about fifteen (15) channels.

It was brought to a close on March 27th, 2011 with the winner emerging as announced by the judges. The Nigerian Idol had been renewed for a second season and it continued to the fifth season which took place in 2015.

After the fifth season, the show was not renewed for the next season the following year. It remained that way for five years. Hence, between the fifth season in 2015 to 2020, there was no Nigerian Idol show.

However, that narrative was changed when a continuation of the show was announced for 2021. The news of the return of the Nigerian Idol 2021 was received with so much enthusiasm by the show’s followers who had missed it for years. To find out more about the show, see here

The Nigerian Idol Season 6

After five years of inactivity, the Nigerian Idol had roared back onto the screens. This was thanks for the show being picked up by Multichoice. The Franchise had picked up the show for renewal and managed to get sponsorships from Tecno Mobile and Bigi Drinks.

The new season came with new innovations and faces as well. The panel of judges consisted of Obi Asika, Dj Sose, and Seyi Shay. It was hosted by IK Osakioduwa. Some of the new rules and practices did not go down too well with the audience. But they seemed to have been worth it in the end.

One of the most prominent new innovations was the selection of eleven (11) contestants after the initial auditions as against the usual top ten (10) format which was the norm in the first five seasons.

This had stirred up some measure of controversy in social spaces because it was not the planned format even for the 2021 version. The format, as it were, was not to differ from the previous seasons’. The top 11, as selected by the judges, were as follows (but not in that order):

  1. Comfort Alalade
  2. Beyonce Ajomiwe
  3. Daniel Ikechi
  4. Akunna
  5. Atela Francis
  6. Clinton
  7. Faith Mac
  8. Faith Jason
  9. Eljay
  10. Dotun Deloye
  11. Kingdom Kroseide

The above were selected by the judges, after the preliminary auditions, as the Top 11. They were pitched against each other in the final set of races for who gets to win the Nigerian Idol 2021.

During the show, another new innovation was the use of applause tracks instead of actual human beings as the audience. This was, however, a circumstantially necessary procedure. The continuous spread of the Corona Virus was the sole reason this was adopted.

Highlights Of The Show

The show had treated its audience to quite a number of startling performances and sideshows. One of such was when the Top six had collaborated to render a memorable tribute to the Afrobeat pioneer, the Legendary Fela Kuti.

Another interesting point of the show was the contestants’ renditions of their favourite hits from their birth years. These were just a few of the many performances which had tongues wagging and eyes glued to the screens each time the show went live. And until cotton went down on the show, the audience only grew.

As the show progressed, there arose the need for other judges to join the show. This began with the selection of the Top 5. Along with the originally constituted panel, Mr P. was drafted in as a guest judge.

The trend was equally maintained for the Top 4 selection. On this occasion, Praize became the guest judge. For the Top 3, there was a repeat of the trend but not the judge. In the place of Praize (who made up the panel for the Top 4 selection), Cobhams Asuquo was drafted in. 

The Grand Finale Of The Show: How It Went

In what is considered to be the most emotionally engrossing Nigerian Idol finale ever, a winner had emerged from the Top 2. The show was wrapped up on July 11th, 2021 amidst so much fanfare. The Grand Finale of the Nigerian Idol Season 6 was held at the Africa Magic Studios on Sunday, July 11th.

The Selection Of The Nigerian Idol Season 6 Winner

It was contested by Francis Atela and Kingdom Kroseide. In the finale, both contestants had to perform songs by Fela Kuti. Kingdom rendered the popular track ‘Gentleman’ while Francis performed ‘Yellow Fever’. There were also other performances during the show.

These were by guest artists. In the finale specifically, Ice Prince had a performance. He performed his track ‘Kolo’. Another artist who also entertained the viewers during the finale was Ayra Starr with the performance of ‘Away’. Also, Patoranking entertained the audience with a performance of his own song ‘Celebrate’.

The Selection Of The Nigerian Idol Season 6 Winner

There were also collaborative performances between the Nigerian idol 2021 Top 2 and other artists. One f these included Chike’s performance of his track ‘Roju’ with Francis. Another was the performance of Cobhams Asuquo’s ‘One Hit’ with Kingdom.

The performances had generated so much interest and in some way, gave little indication to whom would be the eventual winner. In the build-up to the grand finale, Jemiriye had come out to advise the contestants against incurring debts for the sake of buying votes.

In other words, they were instructed not to borrow money for the purpose of buying votes as that could be very risky and disastrous. Eventually, Kingdom Kroseide had emerged as the winner of the contest and the entire Nigerian Idol Season 6 show.

He defeated Francis Atela having amassed more votes. At the moment he was declared winner, Kingdom fell on his knees and he got encircled by his family and contestants from previous years.

He was in tears as he delivered his victory speech. The first runnerup Francis also gave a speech. He assured his followers and fans that there was still more to come from him.

We are expecting the Nigerian Idol to be renewed for season 7. As such, we advise that you stay up-to-date on all the information on the fall-out from the 2021 edition of the show. For prompt updates, visit this page from time to time so as not to miss out on anything.

CSN Team.

 

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