15th October, 2010
The journey to finding the first Nigerian Idol is on.
Last week, a 100-man crew comprising the production team, selectors, hosts, wardrobe stylists, make-up artistes, Optima Media Group team, Etisalat team and judges, made the first trip to Enugu to scout for talents.
And this weekend, the train moves to Abuja for the second round of auditions at Nicon Luxury. The attendance in Enugu was enormous, the talents were impressive, while those with little talent gave the judges a tough time, even Yinka Davies laughed really hard till tears filled her eyes at some point.
â€œIn my opinion, you will have to opt for auto tune because we didnâ€™t feel the vocal,â€ Jeffrey Daniel told a wannabe in Enugu.
â€œAre you a Christian? Do you speak in tongues? I think you just did,â€ was Audu Maikoriâ€™s statement to another.
â€œI am dying to see your future as a solo act,â€ Daniel couldnâ€™t help the smile as he gave out the first golden ticket of the day.
Even though producers are yet to disclose the number of people selected from the Enugu auditions, they assured that from today, fans of the franchise show will be able to watch behind the scene episodes on a designated channel on HiTV.
After Abuja, the next set of auditions will hold at Cultural Centre, Calabar on 22 and 23 October, before the train moves back to Lagos on 29, 30 and 31 October at D Box Studios, Omole.
Year in and year out, talents scramble to audition for Idols all over the world. â€œThis year, as a matter of fact, we should be expecting more. With Jeffery Daniels, Yinka Davies and Audu Maikori serving as judges, the bar has been raised even higher and with the turnout in Enugu,,â€ remarked Adaora Mbelu, Optima Media Groupâ€™s Communications Manager.