Abuja-based Glory Oriakhi and viewer’s favourite, Biodun Bello (BB), have joined Naomi and Ola in the top ten phase of the Nigerian Idol.

Based in different locations of Nigeria, the young hopefuls are not only childhood friends but also final year Law students in different universities in  Nigeria.

Glory, the first contestant to get a golden ticket at the Abuja audition, has lived in the Federal Capital Territory all her life and has been involved in  music right from her early years in the children choir. She is a final year Law student of the University of Abuja.

BB, a 400 level Law student of Igbinedion University, is based in Kano.  A dancer and choreographer, she started singing in church at the age of seven.

“I’m so excited I made it to the top 10. I missed classes in school because of Nigerian Idol and I am glad it’s not in vain,” she enthused.

Meanwhile, as Glory and BB return to their various destinations in preparation for the big stage on 23 January, 2011, the producers continue on the journey  of sourcing for two of the viewer’s choice weekly till they get the final 10 contestants who will slug it out for the grand prize of N7.5 million and a  record deal with Sony BMG.

Last Sunday, Jessica, Godson, Graycee, Faith, Toyosi, Zoe, Chuxy, Jumoke, George and AJ performed in front of the judges and viewers. Two notable contestants  the judges couldn’t hide their excitement about their performance were Zoe and AJ. In fact, Yinka Davies was short of words after Zoe’s performance. She just  kept on screaming.

—Bayo Adetu

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