Nigerian Idol Season 9: Check out the ‘sensational six’ contestants left in the competition

Nigerian Idol Season 9: Check out the ‘sensational six’ contestants left in the competition
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The ongoing Nigerian Idol season 9 delivered yet another unforgettable evening on Sunday as the list of contestants was trimmed down to a sensational 6. Guest judge and performer Pheelz set the stage with a dazzling performance of his hit single “Finesse,” raising the bar for all contestants.

Pheelz: Finesse – Nigerian Idol season 9
Pheelz performing Finesse (Source; DStv)

This week’s episode proved to be an emotional rollercoaster, with a remarkable 35 million votes shaping the destiny of our talented competitors. Themed “Experience the Feels,” the night was dedicated to honouring family members, each performance a heartfelt tribute.

Adding to the sentiment, host IK celebrated Father’s Day by surprising all the fathers in the studio with delicious cupcakes. Departing from the norm, the episode heightened suspense by announcing safe contestants one by one to perform, building suspense and keeping everyone on the edge of their seats wondering who would be leaving the show at the end of the night.

The first four contestants to take the stage were Lammy, Chioma, Maio, and Mira Clear. Here’s a recap of their performances:

Lammy – “Speechless” by Michael Jackson


Lammy opened the show with a stunning rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Speechless.” Lammy delivered this ballad from Jackson’s 2001 album “Invincible” in a smooth and captivating performance, earning high praise from the judges. Omawumi commended him for incorporating her feedback from last week, Ric praised his song choice, and both 9ice and Pheelz applauded his efforts on this challenging piece.

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Chioma – “Way Maker” by Sinach

Chioma’s performance of “Way Maker” took the audience to church! The powerful worship song by Sinach resonated deeply, earning a standing ovation from Pheelz and accolades from all the judges. 9ice, who admitted he doesn’t usually attend church, was visibly moved by her rendition. Chioma dedicated the song to her family, reflecting on the goodness of God in their lives.

Maio – “Papa” by Johnny Drille


Maio’s tribute to his father with Johnny Drille’s “Papa” was quite emotional. This soulful song was a perfect choice for the Fathers’ Day theme, and Maio’s performance highlighted his vocal prowess. Omawumi loved his vocal runs and instrument-like voice but advised him to enjoy himself more on stage. Ric and 9ice also gave constructive feedback, cautioning him not to overdo the scales.

Mira Clear – “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell

Mira Clear’s energetic rendition of this classic duet was a highlight of the evening. Mira dedicated the 1967 classic to her mother and delivered a powerful performance that impressed the judges. Ric noted her consistent improvement and growing confidence, calling her a joy to watch.

As IK announced Mira Clear as the next contestant making it through, tensions began to rise as Chima, Lady Ruth and Stevie remained in the hot seat awaiting their fates. After an ad break, host IK brought Stevie, Lady Ruth, and Chima on stage to reveal their fates. Unfortunately, Lady Ruth was eliminated, leaving Stevie and Chima to join the top 6. 

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Reeling from the tension and newfound excitement of advancing to the next round, Stevie and Chima took the stage to perform. Here’s how it went:

Stevie – “I Want It That Way” by Backstreet Boys

Stevie brought a fun, nostalgic vibe with his performance of “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys. This 1999 hit remains a pop classic, and Stevie’s performance was infectious. Ric and Pheelz praised his ability to engage the audience while maintaining pitch. Stevie dedicated the song to his family, reminiscing about their shared love for it.

Chima – “Hello” by Lionel Richie


Chima closed the show with a flawless rendition of Lionel Richie’s “Hello.” This soulful ballad showcases emotional depth and vocal power, and Chima’s performance was declared the best of the evening by Omawumi. Pheelz and Ric echoed her sentiments, with Ric humorously frustrated at the flawless delivery. Chima dedicated the song to his mom, noting its sentimental value as her ringtone after his dad passed away.

How to vote for your favourite contestant on Nigerian Idol Season 9

To vote for your favourite contestant, visit the Africa Magic website – or download the MyDStv or MyGOtv App from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store to vote. 

Nigerian Idol shows every Sunday at 7 pm on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv Channel 151 and GOtv Channel 12) and AM Family (DStv Channel 154 and GOtv Channel 2). Don’t miss out on the exciting journey to discover the next Nigerian Idol with the show in your pocket via the DStv and GOtv Stream apps. Reconnect now to MyDStv and MyGOtv to catch all the electrifying performances and behind-the-scenes action.

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