Femi Kuti, Jeffrey Daniel and Yinka Davies were also on hand to deliver their judgment on the performance that took place on Sunday Night, along with the host with the most, Ill Rhymz. The two contestants came out on stage, nattily dressed in a sparkly mini dress for Debbie Rise and a dapper suit for Moses. Then, with their family and friends cheering loudly in the background, the two contestants took turns to give the performances of their lives.
Her next act took her into the reggae with the reggae fusion track, ‘Shy Guy’ by Diana King, which included snippets of ‘Love is Wicked’ by Brick & Lace, and ‘Hold Yuh’ by Gyptian. Here, she continued with her liveliness on stage, and concluded with her patented move—an awe-inspiring split. The move got her compliments from the man himself, Banky W, and while Yinka warned her to “not let the performance get in the way of her singing”, Jeffrey called her a gladiator, telling her that her performance was “good stuff”.
Her final song for the evening was a reprisal of her best performance of the season, her stellar performance of Alicia Keys’ ‘Fallin’’. She unleashed the sultry side of her personality, personifying the lyrics of the song. “You have been mwuah tonight!” said a very excitable Yinka, kissing the air as she gave her review. Banky W told her, “You have done an amazing job. If we are judging you by the totality of your performances tonight, you are ready.” Femi admonished that she has to learn to preserve herself and voice in order to sustain multiple performances.
It is not often that we see Femi speechless, but Moses managed to leave the Afrobeat legend at a loss for words after he performed ‘Redemption Song’ by Bob Marley, which was infused with another reggae track. Moses belted out the song effortlessly, had the crowd absolutely wild with delight, and floored the judges. Banky W, with a rousing call to the “Area!”, told the ‘Teddy Bear’, “You were born to sing. “We know it when we hear it. Keep singing!”
Dressed in all black, a top hat and a red velvet jacket, he reprised his best reviewed performance throughout his time on Nigerian Idol: his take on ‘Oliver Twist’ by D’Banj. It was no less that Moses’ best performance of the evening and again, his stage presence, vocals and charisma received nothing but praise from the judges. Yinka said, “You picking this song was just perfect!” before expressing even more delight. “You deserve to be where you are,” Jeffrey told him.
This is it. There are no more performances, no more shows, no more chances for Moses or Debbie to try and win the hearts and minds of Nigeria. After 70 days, it all boils down to this one moment. Find out next week in the grand finale who will take it all as Nigerian Idol season three draws to a close.
There is only one more show left! Watch the grand finale at these times on these channels: Sunday on NTA at 3:30pm, Sound City and ONTV at 7:00pm, Silverbird at 8:00 pm, TVC at 8:30 pm, Superscreen at 9:30pm, Real Star TV on Startimes at 9pm, channels 209 on Sky and 828 on Virgin (Africa Channel UK) at 9pm.
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