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When Darey and Dede catnapped on stage

Posted: Apr 3, 2015 at 4:02 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anthonia Soyingbe / Snr Reporter, Lagos


A small drama ensued at the weekend when two of the judges on the Nigerian Idol Season 5 TV Reality show dozed off on stage during a dull performance by one of the contestants, Iheanacho Nancy who goes by the stage name ‘Nana’.

The two judges, afrobeat maestro, Dede Mabiaku and R ‘n’ B crooner, Darey ‘Art’ Alade could not face the disappointing performance by the contestant, and to express this, they decided to lay down their heads on the table.

Dede Mabiaku, Nneka Egbuna and Darey-Art-Alade.jpg

Dede Mabiaku, Nneka Egbuna and Darey-Art-Alade

After some insipid showing earlier by some of the contestants who made the first batch of ten from the pool of 30 contestants, the judges had expected Nana to put up a re-assuring performance in keeping with her potentials and past experiences on the show having featured consecutively in the past three editions.  But as it turned, the 23 years old Nana who performed the song ‘Bin, Bing, Bang’ by Katy Tiz failed to measure up.

“You sang like you were singing to yourself. You have a lot to offer, not this. Even your auditions were better than this,” Yinka Davies jibes at her.

In a related development, 18 years-old Edo born Aisy (Aisosa Edeh-Nosa), also a contestant on the show, failed to hold back tears on stage after being told by the judges that she had a ‘flat and off’ performance.

Aisy’s group stage performance was a rather uninspiring and disappointing one as she struggled to maintain a balance between the song’s lyrics and her audience.

“You did not own the song,” began Dede. “The character the song needed was not there. The introduction had promises, but on the whole you did not catch the audience,” he concluded.

Speaking shortly after the show, an calm Nana blamed her poor delivery of the song on the difficulty in combining the mastering of the lyrics and delivery on stage, a task she claimed was made more difficult by her lack of previous knowledge of the song.

Meanwhile, eight other contestants also performed in the first batch of the group stage phase.

From this lot, three contestants with the highest number of votes from the viewing public will automatically qualify for the top 12 round. This process will be repeated when the second and third batches’ contestants take the stage in the coming weeks. A total of nine contestants will emerge through this process while the last three slots will be filled from among un-successful ones on the back of the Judges’ wild cards.