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As David Leaves, Five New Contestants Go on Probation in the MTN Project Fame Academy

The first set of contestants to be on probation at the ongoing MTN Project Fame performed with gusto, on Saturday, in an attempt to secure their stay in the Academy. After the cheers and applauses that followed Shola’s second performance of Michael Jackson’s ‘You Are Not Alone’, Clement’s rendition of Michael Bolton’s ‘You Don’t Know What’s Like’; Emeka crooning to Bryan Adam’s ‘To Love A Woman’ and David’s improved delivery of Fela’s ‘Lady’, it was the latter who became the first evictee of the 7th edition of West Africa’s most popular music reality show.

In a tribute to the late American pop queen, actress and model who died in February 2012, the remaining twelve contestants not on probation had performed a medley of Whitney Houston’s great hits to a rousing ovation from the delighted audience.

Meanwhile, the excitement that followed the great tribute and Tolu’s performance soon gave way to some nervy moments as the hosts announced that the four contestants would be performing one more time to save themselves from eviction.

Remarkably, however, the four contestants on probation came out “piping hot” with determination and exceptional performances that had the judges wondering: ‘if they had performed like they just did there would have been no reason to place them on probation in the first place!’

As it is tradition, the viewers, the judges and the contestants not on probation must save one person each from those on probation. But before that, Tolu, an alumnus of the Academy, made a cameo appearance. He performed one of his recent songs, ‘Beauty Lady’ which was warmly received by the audience.

From left to right: Lasbrey (11), Flourish (7), Melody (12), Debbie (4), Ugo (18) - the five contestants on probation

From left to right: Lasbrey (11), Flourish (7), Melody (12), Debbie (4), Ugo (18) – the five contestants on probation

When the result of votes from the entire West Africa audience was finally announced, Clement emerged top. Shola was the judges’ preference while Emeka was the overwhelming favourite of the other contestants. Consequently, David was evicted.

Laami, singing Rihanna's 'What Now'

Laami, singing Rihanna’s ‘What Now’

David Olowojoba who hails from Ondo State, Nigeria, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity of a place in the Academy, even if not for as long as he would have wished. He assured his fans that he would keep working hard to break into the mainstream music industry.

Geoffrey performing Justin Bieber's 'Baby'

Geoffrey performing Justin Bieber’s ‘Baby’


 Lasbrey taking try at Craig David's 'Seven Days'

Lasbrey taking try at Craig David’s ‘Seven Days’


Ugo delivering 'Under the Surface'

Ugo delivering ‘Under the Surface’


Kofo doing justice to Avril Lavigne's 'Happy Ending'

Kofo doing justice to Avril Lavigne’s ‘Happy Ending’


Christian tried all he could to make Neyo's 'Let Me Love You' real

Christian tried all he could to make Neyo’s ‘Let Me Love You’ real


'Chandelier' performed by Ruky

‘Chandelier’ performed by Ruky

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Shania Twain's 'That Don't Impress Me Much' performed by Debbie

Shania Twain’s ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ performed by Debbie

You can watch David’s performance and more #MTNProjectfFame7 moments via (https://www.youtube.com/projectfametv) or by downloading the Reel Africa App (Watch extended MTN Project Fame 7.0 moments by downloading Reel Africa App or Visiting www.reelafrica.net. Reel Africa App is available on MTN App or Google Play and Windows.

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