Beyonce Ajomiwe, Nigerian Idol contestant, has been eliminated after her performance at the 8th episode of the sixth season of the show.
The 16-year-old singer had stunned the audience and judges last week when she performed ‘Unfaithful’, Rihanna’s 2004 hit.
Her run in this year’s show has been tremendous, with many predicting her as the next Nigerian Idol.
However, despite her intriguing vocal range, her charming appearance and unequalled renditions of hit tracks like ‘Dynamite’, a 2020 track by BTS, a South-Korean boy band; and ‘Right Now’ by Seyi Shay, Nigerian singer who doubles as one of the three judges, she could not make it to the top 6.
Before her elimination, she joined other contestants for a group rendition of ‘Water No Get Enemy’, to pay tribute to Fela Anikulapo Kuti, the late Afrobeat legend.
The six contestants later took to the stage to perform different hit songs by the political activist.
Coming at a time the country is experiencing a plethora of human rights abuse, the contestants put on the garments of the late music legend and delivered eccentric performances that immediately aroused a nostalgic feeling of the “Abami Eda”.
Comfort opened the night with a fantastic performance of ‘Observation No Be Crime’, Fela’s 1977 song, while Faith followed through with an impressive rendition of ‘Palava’.
Francis gave a resounding performance of Kuti’s 1971 hit track ‘Yellow Fever’, as Kingdom thrilled the audience with his ‘Gentleman’ delivery.
Emmanuel also blessed the audience with an energetic delivery of ‘No agreement’, while Akunna shook off her anxiety and gave an impressive performance of ‘Lady’. The flair she showed on stage was commended by the judges, with Seyi Shay comparing her to the likes of Yemi Alade and Omawumi, Nigerian singers.
In the usual manner, one or two of the top 6 Nigerian Idol contestants may be eliminated during next week’s live show.
Watch the top 6 contestants pay homage to Fela with captivating performances below:
Francis sang ‘Yellow Fever’
Faith went with a cover of ‘Palava’
Kingdom gave a rendition of ‘Gentleman’
Comfort sang ‘Observation Is No Crime’
Emmanuel on ‘ No Agreement’
Akunna sang ‘Lady’
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