On Saturday, it was time for the top 14 contestants at the MTN Project Fame music contest to showcase the result of the weeklong Academy tutelage, and they impressed the judges with their performances. The Wild Card finalists were also on standby to battle for a spot in the Academy.
Ruby Awa-Agwu (Pearl’s twin sister), Oluchi Odii, and Nkechi Ilo were the three Wild Card finalists, having impressed a select panel of judges after thorough scrutiny. The evening thus kicked off with their individual performances. At the end of the day, Nkechi’s performance could not earn her a stay in the Academy, but Ruby and Oluchi wowed the judges and were given a chance to compete with others in the Academy.
The judges as well as everyone else went ahead to enjoy the evening without faults or picking loopholes from the contestants’ performances as it was their first and no one would be placed on probation.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, the contestants had only spent a week in the Academy, but with the hard work put into them by the Faculty, coupled with the judges’ undeterred expectations of fascinating performances; it was time to find out those who have been paying attention in class.
And although they all gave beautiful performances the night before, it was also time to see if they will be able to again impress the judges, Faculty and everyone with the evening’s performances.
So, taking it a notch higher, they all mounted the stage one after another with the determination to give it their all and shine through.
At the end of the night, Jennifer, Tejiri, Deborah, Kunmi and Richie from Ghana were put on probation by the judges. Two of them will be evicted from the Academy this week.
– RASHEED ABUBAKAR