What a night! The first three contestants for the Nigerian Idol top 12 have been selected and are moving on to the big leagues. Over the weekend, Safeeyat, Vicci, and Debbie Rise were selected from the first group of 10 of the top 30. Tense, tearful contestants took to the stage and waited anxiously, unsure of what their fate on the show would be, knowing that seven contestants would be heading home—maybe for good. It had been a tense week, and the numbers showed that it was a close call for the top three who made it through.

26-year-old Safiya Ramat Idachaba (Safeeyat) from Abuja was the first announced as a top 12 contestant, followed by Vicci Chidiebere Ijomah (Vicci). Last called was Debbie Olu-Rise (Debbie Rise), 23, from Lagos, who collapsed dramatically on stage in tears, after hearing the news.


Back stage, it was a different story as dejected contestants congratulated each other, and even encouraged each other to look forward to the wildcard episode, where contestants will be asked to return to the stage, and Nigeria will have their chance to invite a chosen few to be in the top 12.
Debbie Rise, Safeeyat, Vicci with the host; Ill Rymz celebrating their victory

Who will be joining Debbie, Vicci and Safeeyat as you vote for the second group of 10 this week? Catch Nigerian Idol this weekend as it airs on: NTA Network at 3.30pm on Saturday and Sunday; Sound City and ONTV at 7.00pm on Saturdays and Sundays; Silverbird at 8:00pm on Sundays and 7:30pm on Saturdays and on TVC at 9:30pm on Saturdays and 8:30pm on Sundays.

Afrobeat Legend and new judge Femi Kuti, international performing artist Jeffery Daniel from 80’s disco/dance group Shalamar, and Nigeria’s soul diva Yinka Davies are the judges this season, with suave host Ill Rymz bringing us the highs and the lows throughout the competition. Guest judge Naeto C will be on the show while Kuti completes his US tour throughout the month of January.

The Idol grand prize is worth $100,000, and the lucky winner will get N7.5 million in cash, a recording contract also worth N7.5 million, and a brand new SUV. Runner-ups will receive prizes worth a combined total of N10 million.

Visit http://www.Nigerianidol.com for compelling back story videos, juicy behind the scene news, and get a taste of what is coming. For the latest information, Like the Nigerian Idol Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NigIdol), and follow Nigeria Idol on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NigerianIdol—and you could be eligible to win some fantastic prizes, including the opportunity to be live in the studio for a recording.

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