MultiChoice Nigeria has unveiled D’banj, Simi and Obi Asika as judges for the seventh edition of Nigerian Idol, the local version of the Idol series franchise, a reality television singing competition.

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The company announced the judges in a statement on Tuesday ahead of this year’s edition of the show billed to commence on February 6.

Busola Tejumola, MultiChoice Nigeria’s executive head of content and West Africa Channels, said the trio were selected as judges due to “their decades worth of experience in the music and entertainment landscape.”

“We could not think of a better trio to be the season’s judges than Obi Asika, D’banj and Simi. The three of them combined bring decades worth of experience in the music and entertainment business, as well as individual mastery of their crafts. We have no doubt that they will keep the viewers entertained in what will be a spectacular season!” Tejumola said.

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Speaking on his selection, D’banj said: “I was out of the country when I found out that I was going to be a judge for this season of Nigerian Idol and I couldn’t contain my excitement. I’m coming in with my own strategy so viewers should expect a bang.”

On her part, Simi said, “I’ve always loved the idea of being a judge and I think it’s a fun thing to do. I plan to be very honest and have fun and hopefully gain inspiration from those that come on the show.”

Similarly, Asika, who is returning as judge after playing same role last year, said: “I will be looking for special talents and new faces this year. I’m also excited to work with the rest of the judges this season, and I will be very fair and real to every contestant just like I was last year.”

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In the statement, the company also announced IK Osakioduwa, ace on-air-personality (OAP), will be returning as the season seven host after playing the same role last year.

Kingdom Kroseide had won the sixth edition of the show in July last year. The show’s return in 2021 had come after about a six-year hiatus.

Auditions for the seventh edition of the show had commenced in November last year.

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