THE audience, and quite interestingly one of the judges, begged for Safeeyat to be saved from being voted out. Last week’s Top 5 eviction on the Nigerian Idol 3 appears to be the most tension filled of all.
Amazingly, this is the third time the chubby contestant from Abuja would be taking part in the Nigerian Idol. This time, she made it to the Top 5 and would have lost all hope of being the ultimate winner of the 15-million-naira grand prize, if the judges had not used their final wild card to recall her.
However, it was an extremely narrow escape for Safeeyat as two of the judges, Yinka Davies and Jeffrey Daniels, did not want to use the last wild card. “I appreciate your gusto, but you did not deliver! I am willing to release you to discover yourself. You didn’t bring it, you’re out. I don’t want to see you evicted twice!” Yinka said.
Third judge and Afrobeat ace singer, Femi Kuti, had a different opinion. He wanted Safeeyat back in the competition so that other contestants would sit up and push beyond their best. “Safeeyat did very well this last time. If the others are voted out next week, then that’s their fault. I would love to see this competition get tougher. I want the rest to give 1 million per cent,” Kuti said.
This was followed by another heated discussion among the judges while Safeeyat stood on the stage, trying to hold back tears after performing one last song, Seal’s ‘Kiss from a Rose’, to make or break her fate. Luck was on her side, as the judges finally agreed to use their final lifeline on Nigeria’s biggest music reality show to bring her back on the Top 5.
In the past few weeks, two contestants have been evicted, but from the Top 6, only one contestant is evicted per week until the grand finale. Viewers and fans of Safeeyat now have to wait on the edge of their seats to see if Safeeyat would be evicted twice or if Moses, Abasi Akang, Jay Feel or Debbie Rise would leave instead.
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