Eleven contestants have made it to the finals of the 6th season of the Nigerian Idol, the local version of the Idol series franchise, a reality television singing competition.

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The finalists were picked out of the 68 contestants that made it through the theatre week after scaling through a series of tests and performances.

Winning, a songwriter and producer, was among those whose journey was cut short. Although his personality and charisma had earned him a spot in the theatre week, unfortunately, he was unable to convince the judges again.

Agbutun Agbalaya also showed lots of promise, but his last individual performance was not good enough.

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However, Comfort Alalade, a 16-year-old contestant, displayed great improvement from last week and was rewarded with a spot in the final, while Akunna was also lucky to make it into the finals.

Her determination and resilience landed her a spot alongside Kingdom Kroseide, Clinton, Beyonce, Faith, Dotun, Francis, and Emmanuel.

After nine contestants were chosen, it was a battle between Daniel and Faith Mac on who would land the last spot into the finals. However, in a shocking twist, both Daniel and Faith Mac made it to the finals making the total number of contestants heading the big stage 11 instead of the usual top 10.

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The contestants who scaled the pedestal are Kindom Kroseide, Akunna Okey, Faith Onyede, and Dotun Deloye.

Francis Atela, Daniel Ikechi, Beyonce Ajomiwe, and Clinton Francis are also part of the final contestants, while Comfort Alalade, Emmanuel Elijah, and Faith Mac Ebiama complete the list.

The “real battle” for the contestants starts on May 9, when they will be expected to follow the path trailed by their predecessors to “become Nigeria’s next biggest singing sensation.”

The show has been characterised with several highlights but none can be compared to the moment Seyi Shay, Nigerian singer who happens to be one of the three judges, criticised a 17-year-old contestant, who later described how her words “broke me emotionally”.

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