The auditions were anchored by the three celebrity judges on the Nigerian Idol season 5, renowned Afrobeat sensation, Dede Mabiaku, Vocalist Yinka Davies and R’n’ B crooner, Dare ‘Art’ Alade.
At the two centres, thousands of youths with talents in music thronged the venues for the screening exercises which were designed multi-layered with a view to selecting the overall hundred most outstanding talents.
Speaking about the auditions, Dare ‘Art’ Alade, described it as impressive and a positive indicator of a thrilling season ahead.
The Benin and Port Harcourt centres have thrown up a lot of talents. It just shows how exciting this season is going to be. There is a lot of competition-new voices, new faces, I can’t wait to hear them blossom and go up the ranks I guess top 100 as we whittle down to the finalists later on as the weeks go bye.
Nigerian Idol is in its fifth season after a successful debut in 2010 won by Yeka Onka. In the following years which saw the emergence of Mercy Chinwo, Moses Adigwe and Zebili Evelyn (Evelle), it has grown in popularity and followership on the basis of the unique platforms it offers to young Nigerians with exceptional music talent. It is the only music TV reality show in Nigeria with a global appeal that currently cuts across 46 countries.
Nigerian Idol focuses on discovering Nigerian youths with talent in music and giving them a unique platform to take shots at stardom. The eventual winner goes home with N7.5 million cash reward, a brand new car, a recording deal worth N7.5 million and some high-end devices. Auditions are expected to continue with the FCT, Abuja playing host in the weekend of January 24 -25 at the Bolton White Hotel. Ibadan and Lagos are to follow in the following weeks. It would be recalled the Benin and Port Harcourt auditions have been concluded.
Nigerian Idol season five is sponsored by leading telecommunications operator, Etisalat, Dabur toothpaste and E-Commerce platform, Payporte and will feature such enthralling performances which were the hallmarks of past winners among whom are Yeka Onka, Mercy Chinwo, Moses Adigwe and Zibili Evelyn who goes by the stage name Evelle.