MultiChoice Nigeria, producers of Nigerian Idol, have unveiled some exciting news about the upcoming eighth season of the popular music reality show.
At a media event held at the MultiChoice studios on Tuesday, the Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels at MultiChoice Nigeria, Dr Busola Tejumola, announced that the reality music talent show recorded a 10 per cent increase in the number of entries compared to the previous editions. Last season, the show received over 10,000 audition entries.
The resources, energy and originality put into the show each season have attracted more contestants each year, leading to an impressive increase in entries. Nigerian Idol has always been a platform for aspiring musicians to showcase their skills to the world.
According to Tejumola, the last seven seasons of the show have been a source of entertainment and healthy competition for the contestants, leading to the emergence of well-deserved winners.
Last year, Progress Chukwuyem emerged as the winner, walking away with the N30m prize. This year’s winner will receive N35m and other prizes worth millions of naira.
The Season 8 judges’ panel boasts of some top entertainers in the music industry, including Oladapo Oyebanjo, aka D’Banj; Simisola Kosoko, aka Simi; and creative industry entrepreneur, Obi Asika. The show’s host, IK Osakioduwa, is also back with his witty banter and energy.
The show will premiere on April 23, starting with the recorded auditions. The live shows will premiere on May 28 as the contestants battle it out for the ultimate prize until a winner emerges on July 16.