It was a night filled with a host of entertainment as the continent’s most entertaining music reality television show, Nigerian Idol, held a night with the judges on Tuesday, 11th December, 2012. Media and other invited guests were hosted at Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos to premiere the first episode of season three of the show.

Present on the evening were the judges, past competitors, and invited guests. Femi Kuti, the newest judge, spoke on the new season and how he felt about joining the show. “I am genuinely excited to be part such an amazing show. Nigerians have a deep and abiding love for music, and there is so much talent out there; I can’t help but be enthusiastic that
we get to introduce them to the country,” said the three-time Grammy Award nominee.

The night started off with past competitors reminding us why Nigerian Idol is so successful; Steven Onoche, the second runner-up from season two, was first on stage and sang beautifully. He was followed by Joe Blue, the first runner-up from the same season. Not to be outdone, it was the turn of the judges to entertain, and Yinka Davies’ spectacular vocals was displayed beautifully by her soulful selection. Finally, Femi Kuti took to the stage, and brought the house down with his saxophone skills.

Now in its third season, guests were treated to a preview of the newest episode of Nigerian Idol, which will be aired on Sunday, 16th December, 2012. The room alternated between laughter and applause as a colourful range of vocals tried to win a coveted spot in the next round. Before the viewing, a question and answer session took place between the judges and the media.

“I know that Nigerians are going to be excited about this season,” said Tiwa Medubi, the project manager. “This Sunday is definitely going to showcase the amazing range of raw talent, and bring you voices like you’ve never heard before and I can also guarantee it is going to be lots of fun.”

The grand prize for this season is worth $100,000 which includes: N 7.5 million cash prize, a recording contract worth N7.5 million, and an SUV. The top ten finalists will also get prizes worth a total of N10 million.

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