Emmanuel Elijah, Nigerian Idol contestant, has been eliminated after his performance at the 11th episode of the sixth season of the show.
The singer had impressed the audience and judges last week with his rendition of ‘No agreement’ — to pay homage to Fela Anikulapo, late Afrobeat singer and political activist.
Before now, the impressive vocalist had stunned the audience with the covers of songs like ‘For You’ by Teni, Nigerian singer; ‘Kiss from a Rose’ by Seal, American soul star; and ‘Send Down The Rain’ by Majek Fashek, the late Reggae singer.
Meanwhile, this week’s episode of the show had Peter Okoye — better known as Mr. P — as a guest artist to encourage the contestants.
Following the elimination of Emmanuel, the top five contestants were asked to perform two songs each from jazz and pop, two different genres of music.
Kingdom impressively delivered Bruno Mars’ ‘Just the Way You Are’ in the pop section, and a heartfelt rendition of Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ for the Jazz genre.
Akunna gave a master class version of ‘Wrecking Ball’, a pop song by Miley Cyrus, and summed it up with ‘Put a Spell on Me’, another Simone’s song.
Faith delivered a soul-wrenching performance of ‘Someone You Love’ by Lewis Capaldi, Scottish pop singer, and then crowned it with ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ by Etta James, American Jazz singer.
Comfort gave an outstanding cover of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and then stunned the audience and judges alike with Michael Bublé’s ‘Save the Last Dance’.
On his part, Francis effortlessly engaged his vocal range for the delivery of ‘Too good at goodbyes’ by Sam Smith and then closed the night with the performance of ‘Hello’, a classic jazz song by Lionel Riche.
In the usual manner, one or two of the top 5 Nigerian Idol contestants may be eliminated during next week’s live show.
Watch the top 5 contestants captivating performances below:
Kingdom on ‘Just the Way You Are’ and ‘Feeling Good’
Akunna on ‘Wrecking Ball’ and ‘I Put a Spell on Me’
Faith went with cover of ‘Someone You Love’ and ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’
Comfort performed ‘Thinking Out Loud’ and ‘Save the Last Dance’
Francis sang ‘Too Good at Goodbyes’ and ‘Hello’
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