“Nigerian Idol” Season 6: Know the Top 11 Contestants
Nigerian Idols kicked off its sixth season last month hosted by IK Osakioduwa, with music stars Obi Asika, Seyi Shay and DJ Sose serving as judges.
The competition began with 68 contestants who passed through a series of tests and performances in the Audition and Theatre phases which concluded on Sunday after two weeks, leaving the top 11 finalists to begin the final phase.
Unlike previous seasons which had 10 finalists, this seasons boasts 11 outstanding contestants including Kingdom Kroseide, Emmanuel Elijah, Clinton Francis, Beyonce Ajomiwe, Francis Atela, Dotun Deloye, Faith Onyeje, Comfort Alalade who showed great improvement from last week and Akunna Okey who gave a great performance even after losing her voice right before.
After nine finalists were chosen, it was a battle between Faith Mac Ebiama and Daniel Ikechi for the final spot.
However, in a shocking twist, both Daniel and Faith Mac made it to the finals making the total number of contestants heading to the big stage 11.
Find out more about these stars as they shed more light on their journey in the competition so far, their plans, and why they should win.
Kingdom is a computer science and informatics student at the Federal University Otuoke, Bayelsa State. He sings with the Pamela Scott Music band based in Port Harcourt and has performed at wedding ceremonies, birthday parties and church services.
He comes from a family of four and apart from being surrounded by people who believe in him, Kingdom thinks he has what it takes to be the next Nigerian Idol because music is what he is most passionate about.
Akunna is a Corporate and Entertainment Lawyer who comes from a family where everyone has an amazing voice.
She spends most of her time singing in the bathroom and showcases her vocal talent on her social media platforms. Akunna believes the world deserves to hear her sing and says it’s about time she commercialises her amazing gift.
Emmanuel is an energetic go-getter currently working as an administrative officer at a studio in Lagos. He has a passion for music and believes if you sing from the heart, you will communicate and connect with your audience. He is intent on making people feel how he feels through his songs.
Emmanuel is the second child in a family of four, raised by his dad after his mum passed away. He takes pride in the fact that he comes from a family of singers and says he entered Nigerian Idol to share his talent with the world.
Clinton (24) is an office assistant with a burning passion for music. He grew up singing in the church choir and as a background vocalist in a gospel band and has performed alongside major artists at concerts.
Clinton was raised by his mother after his parents separated. He enjoys being the only singer and songwriter in his family and says it has always been a dream to be seen on the Nigerian Idol stage.
Fresh from high school, Beyonce (16) resides in Port Harcourt and has her eyes set on a musical career. Having a dad who was a professional singer and producer made the decision to choose this career path a lot easier for Beyonce.
Beyonce is focused on becoming a singer to be reckoned with. With a name like hers, Beyonce knows she has big shoes to fill and believes she can be the next Nigerian Idol so she can inspire the youth to chase their dreams, no matter how impossible it may seem.
Based in Abuja, Francis (26) doubles as a businessman and a farmer – and crowns it with the gift of singing, which he started in the church. Francis comes from a very supportive and loving family of seven kids.
He says being on the Nigerian Idol stage has been a lifelong dream. Even after auditioning twice in Abuja and Lagos in 2011 and 2015 respectively and not making it far, he believes this new opportunity will give him another shot at the limelight and help give his career a much-needed boost.
Dotun is a jack is an actor and entrepreneur whose heart will always want what it wants- music! His passion for expressing himself through song has him singing at events, karaoke bars, studios and in church.
Dotun comes from a large family and holds the “coveted” position of being the black sheep of the family. He says he entered Nigerian Idol in the hopes that the experience will propel his music career and his other entertainment pursuits to the next level.
From performing at award dinners and pageant shows to parties, weddings and open lounges, Faith is making sure his craft puts money in the bank. The last of six children, he grew up with the love and support of a family that shared his passion for music and helped hone his singing skills from the age of seven.
Apart from music, guitar and his love for education, his artwork and passion for helping people mean the world to him. After watching his favourite artists perform on previous seasons of Nigerian Idol, Faith says he always believed that one day he would make it onto the same stage.
Comfort (18) is a student in Lagos who started singing in church and composes her own original songs influenced by everything around her. To her, music is life.
She says she has been watching Nigerian Idol with admiration from a tender age and now that she’s old enough to be one of the contestants, she hopes to find out how it feels to be the ultimate winner of the singing competition.
Despite her keen interest in fashion design, Faith still has her mindset on taking on the musical stage. Born into a family of singers, Faith started off in the church and soon became the lead vocalist in her church choir.
Not a fan of hiding her vocal prowess, Faith shows the world what she is made of with video uploads on her Instagram account of herself singing.