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Nigerian Idol: Progress, Zadok battle for number spot as Banty loses out

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Following Banty’s elimination on Sunday night, Progress and Zadok emerged as the last men standing in the ongoing music reality show, Nigerian Idol season 7.

After delivering a fantastic performance that wowed the judges and audience, the duo came tops.

The night began with a performance from the top 12 contestants.

The top six female contestants opened the show performing Fela Kuti’s 1978 song ‘Lady’, while the top six male contestants thrilled the judges and fans alike with Koffi Olomide’s ‘Papa Mobimba’.

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The top 12 contestants closed their performance with Wizkid’s 2014 hit song ‘Ojuelegba’, a song they also performed at the just concluded AMVCA event.

Elimination

After the performances from the top 12 contestants, the three finalists, Banty, Progress and Zadok, were called on the stage to know their fate.

Indeed, the previous week was quite enjoyable, as Ik Osakioduwa, the host, revealed that a 34million votes were made in the last week, as fans voted continuously to save their favourites.

The first contestant to make it to the finale was Zadok leaving Banty and Progress in a tense state.

After much waiting, IK announced Progress as the second finalist on the show.

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With Banty leaving the show, Zadok and Progress are left to contest head to head for the show’s grand finale.

After that, the show took the fans on a tour of Banty’s journey to the show from her auditions and all the songs she has performed on the show.

Born Esther Temiwunmi, 27, Banty is a Nigerian singer from Warri, Delta State.

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After the elimination, Banty performed her favourite song this season, ‘When I Was Your man’ by Bruno Mars.

The judges commended being the last woman on the show, with D’Banj promising to record a song with her.

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Performances

Progress performed his favourite song, “Change Will Come”, on the first theme performance” by Sam Cooke, a soul song released in 1964.

For his first performance for the night, Zadok sang “When a man loves a woman” by Micheal Bolton, the song was released as far back as 1991.

The second theme performance was for the contestants to sing a song picked by one of the judges.

While Simi picked ‘Soul provider’ for Zadok, DBanj picked ‘Joy’ by Wizkid for Progress.

Progress stormed the stage for the second time on the stage, appearing in a Wizkid-inspired outfit as he performed “Joy”, a song that thrilled fans.

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The top two Nigerian Idol finalists flanked by the judges

Dressed in a dazzling blue suit, Zadok performed the song, which caught the attention of the original singer, Micheal Bolton, on Twitter.

On the last theme for the night, Progress, alongside 121 choristers, thrilled the fans with a stellar performance of Uncle Suru by Jon Ogah.

Alongside the same choristers, Zadok wowed the crowd with Timi Dakolo’s Wish Me Well performance.

Prizes at stake

Meanwhile, the organisers have revealed that N100 million prizes are up for grabs in the seventh season, which premiered on February 6.

According to the judges, as the musical contest gradually ends, the winner will walk away with N100, 000, 000 worth of prizes, including a recording deal from a label, a brand-new Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV), cash prizes, and other exciting gifts.

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Nigerian Idol season 7 is sponsored by Big Drinks and Binance Africa. Fans can keep track of the show on social media platforms and on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151), Urban (DStv channel 153 & GOtv Supa channel 6), and Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2) every Sunday from 7 p.m.

You can also catch up on all the episodes on the DStv App and watch the latest behind the scenes on Showmax across Africa and in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand.

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Vin Diesel honours Fast & Furious’ Paul Walker for 9th anniversary of his death

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Vin Diesel has honored fast & furious star Paul Walker in commemoration for ninth year anniversary over his death.

The Guardians of the Galaxy star commemorated the nine-year anniversary of Paul’s death by sharing a throwback photo of himself and the late actor to Instagram.

Vin captioned the Nov. 29 post, “Nine years… love you and miss you.”

Paul died on Nov. 30, 2013 at age 40 due to a car crash. And in the years since his passing, Vin has been vocal about the tremendous loss he has suffered having been very close to Paul—who he acted alongside in five Fast & Furious films—for over a decade.

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Immediately following the tragedy of his passing, Vin shared a touching tribute in honor of him and his legacy.

“Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now… and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us… on me,” Vin wrote on Facebook at the time, referring to his nickname for Paul.

Vin Diesel is keeping Paul Walker in his heart year after year.

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BBNaija’s Level Up housemates receive rousing welcome in South Africa (Video)

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Big Brother Naija Level Up housemates have finally landed in South Africa.

TheHeute news reported earlier that the housemates were set to storm South Africa courtesy of Pepsi.

In an update to it, the housemates have finally arrived the country.

As expected, they were all treated to a rousing welcome by their individual South African fans.

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The likes of Beauty Tukura, Sheggz, and Phyna received royal welcome.
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The housemates are said to spend few days in the country as they relax and catch up on fun moments.
Chichi reveals why she doesn’t fly economy

Earlier on,TheHeute news reported that Chichi had explained why she rejected flying economy class with her colleagues.

The housemates who were on a sponsored trip to South Africa by Pepsi, had all housemates on Economy except for Beauty and Chichi.

Explaining why she didn’t fly economy class with the rest, Chichi stated that she isn’t used to it.

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According to her, this isn’t about her being proud or anything, but she doesn’t fly economy.

She said,

“I can’t remember the last time I flew Economy. This is not about me being proud or anything. We all had economy class and I wanted to change to business class or upgrade to business class and it was quite stressful. But, I did it anyways”.

This isn’t surprising for fans and lovers of Chichi, as she earlier revealed that she doesn’t charge less than 20m for brand endorsement.

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I would love to act and produce Nollywood movies – Wizkid (Video)

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In a recent statement, award-winning Nigerian singer, Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun professionally known as Wizkid expressed his desire to act and produce a Nollywood movie.

Wizkid made this known during an interview on the show “KI$$ Hype” hosted by media personality Tinea Taylor while stating that he is a big man of Nollywood.

While on the show, Wizkid who recently releases his 5th studio, More Love, Less Ego, was asked what would he have been doing apart from being a singer, responding, the “Essence” crooner said that he has never seen himself do anything else but music noting that it’s hard for him to do something else.

Speaking further, Wizkid goes extreme as he uttered that in future he would definitely love to do fashion and movies and someday. He said he sees himself designing clothes sneakers, just dope cool shit..

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The Grammy award winner speak big about the Nollywood, the Nigerian movie industry as he tagged himself as proper big fan of Nollywood.

Wizkid in his words said that he doesn’t known if he would ever act in Nollywood because he did not sees himself as a funny person adding that it requires special skills and talent to be a Nollywood actor.

The singer admitted that Nollywood is a special industry and producing a movie is something he would love to do.

Also, Wizkid while speaking with GQ France said Love should be the greatest religion in the world.

He wrote; “For Made in Lagos, I wanted people to know where I come from and who I am. With More Love, Less Ego, I want to share a message of love and let people vibrate. Love should be the greatest religion in the world. I think everyone can love each other, for real. My message is “Do love each other and take care of your neighbor.”

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