Criticized Nigerian Idol contestant insists Seyi Shay still his mentor despite harsh criticism, gives reason

A few days ago, singer Seyi Shay, who is a judge on the ongoing Nigerian Idol talent show, trended on Twitter over her harsh criticism of a 17-year-old singer, Mayowa Odueyungbo aka Torrus, during audition.

In a video snippet that surfaced on the internet, the Irawo singer said, “I am laughing because I can’t just believe what I just heard. Who told you to come for the show’s audition? You should go back and tell them they’re not your friends. That was not a good one. You have a sweet voice but your performance is terrible. You’re never going to make money being a singer.”

However, in an exclusive chat with reporters, Torrus stated that despite Seyi Shay’s harsh criticism of his audition, he would still see her as a role model.

“I have always known Seyi Shay and I love her music.

She is someone I look up to as a role model. What happened has not changed the way I see her. She has only made me to want to work harder and be a better musician.

“It was the first audition I would be going for. I was watching television when I saw the advertisement. I was so excited that I was going to meet Seyi Shay and many talented artistes. I was so happy that I would get the opportunity to meet them. When I went for the audition, I was so excited to see Seyi Shay and I was so nervous because I have never been to such an event. When it happened, when I did my audition, I felt really bad about what she said but later, I am so happy that Seyi Shay did her job as a coach. She boosted my morale to work on my confidence, craft and myself,” he said.

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Torus said that despite what Seyi Shay said, he would make money through music.

The young singer shared, “I do not believe that I would never make money through music. Burna Boy once said that if you know yourself, trust yourself, and you are well determined, no one can determine who you are. I picked that up and I will never give up. As for writing a song for Seyi Shay, I have not reached out to her. I can try but I do not know if she is going to reply.

“I am so overwhelmed about how people reached out to me. I got many messages from my family, friends and talented artistes like Duncan Daniels who works with Timi Dakolo. I am being mentored by him.”

According to the student of Mass Communication at Babcock University, music is the only thing he loves to do.

“I am a student of Babcock University and I am studying Mass Communication just to complement my music. Music is something that I have a passion for and it makes me so happy. I like to make people feel happy and I want to do that through my music. I also want to speak the truth through my music,” he said.

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