MultiChoice unveils Omawumi, Ric Hassani, 9ice as Nigerian Idol Judges


The judges

MultiChoice Nigeria has unveiled a new panel of judges and announced the dates for the premiere of the 9th season of Africa’s most prestigious music talent show, the Nigerian Idol.

The trio of Omawumi, Ric Hassani, and 9ice will be judging contestants at the highly anticipated Season 9.

Omawumi, a guest judge on the Nigerian Idol panel in season 7 of the show, is set to bring the value of her illustrious career, spanning over a decade, to bear as a judge in the ninth season of the show.

She will be joined by internationally acclaimed artiste, Ric Hassani, a first time judge who is poised to share his invaluable insights and experiences with contestants, empowering them to embrace their individuality and pursue their dreams fearlessly.

Completing the trio is 9ice, a trailblazing artist renowned for his masterful storytelling and timeless hits in Yoruba language. With a career spanning over two decades, 9ice is keen to bring his wealth of knowledge and perspective to the table as a judge, offering contestants a glimpse into the intricacies of the music industry.

Dr. Busola Tejumola, Executive Head Content and Channels: West Africa, MultiChoice, also shared her thoughts on the upcoming season: “Nigerian Idol has continuously set the standard for music talent shows in Africa, and Season 9 promises to be no exception.

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With Omawumi, Ric Hassani, and 9ice on board, viewers can expect unparalleled talent, excitement, and entertainment. We are proud to showcase the immense musical prowess that Nigeria has to offer and look forward to another unforgettable season.”

Commenting on the exciting lineup, as a co-headline sponsor, Milen Oyinlola PR & Media manager TECNO Mobile expressed her enthusiasm to work with the judges to help in making the dreams of talented Nigerians come to life: “TECNO envisions unlocking new possibilities for contestants and viewers alike.

“Through this collaboration, TECNO aims to leverage its innovative products and digital platforms to enhance the overall experience for Nigerian Idol enthusiasts. From engaging digital campaigns to exclusive behind-the-scenes content, TECNO is set to weave a tapestry of excitement around the show, amplifying each participant’s journey.”

“Bigi Drinks, the beloved carbonated beverage brand known for her caregiving nature, shared her excitement for the new season, “We are passionate about nurturing talent and creativity. Witnessing the journeys of these young artists as they chase their dreams fills us with immense joy.

“We believe in the power of dreams, and Nigerian Idol provides a platform for these aspiring singers to showcase their talent and be inspired by some of Nigeria’s brightest musical stars. We can’t wait to see the incredible talent that will take the stage this season. We are confident that Omawumi, Ric Hassani, and 9ice as the judges will elevate the show to greater heights. We cannot wait to see the amazing talent that will grace the stage.”

Nigerian Idol Season 9, with its theme “Let Your Dreams Take Flight”, is set to premiere on Sunday 21st April at 7 pm on all Africa Magic Channels – Showcase (DStv ch. 151, GOtv ch. 12), and Family (DStv ch. 154, GOtv ch. 2) and will undoubtedly captivate audiences with its electrifying live performances from Sunday 26th May 2024.

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