Saturday’s show can be tagged one of a kind as all the contestants brought on their game like never before to impress the audience and Judges, especially Paul Play who graced the studio as a guest judge. The contestants started off with their spectacular group performance –a medley of the legendary Michael Jackson’s popular hits.
After going through over 50 hours of tutelage over the week, the fabulous contestants were all set to treat everyone to their top 10 selection of reggae and dancehall tunes from round the world.
Emeka opened up the stage with an impressive rendition of the Mandators’ “Rat Race” and was followed by Flourish who worked the crowd with her performance of Patra’s “Worker Man”. Ugo did a wonderful remix of UB40’s upbeat track “Cherry Oh Baby” while Ruky entertained her audience with Tiwa Savage’s “Wanted”.
The night got more exciting when Christian brought an air of mysticism with Bob Marley’s “Natural Mystic” which garnered him a roaring applause from the crowd. Geoffrey also got the crowd off their feet with his breathtaking and engaging performance of Majek Fashek’s preacher-like song “Genesis”.
Back on his feet again, Clement entertained us with his own style of “Try Jah Love” by Third World while Daniella thrilled the crowd with Sean Paul’s “I’m still in love with you”. Then came Debbie’s turn and she proved she still has what it takes to be in the competition with Rihanna’s “Man Down”.
Shola rounded off the show with a beautiful cover of “Alubarika” by Patoranking.
By and large, the contestants brought the real essence of reggae and dancehall into their performances and left the audience asking for more.
With just 10 contestants left in the Academy, the competition is indeed getting tougher and your votes are the surest way to ensure that your favourite contestant remains in the competition and wins.
The contestants had put up a fantastic show the previous week, performing songs from the International Billboard. It was then time to know the ones who had impressed viewers enough to earn their votes and who had not. It was that moment the contestants had been dreading all week long, when the names of the contestants with the least number of viewers’ votes will be announced.
Shola, Taiwo, Daniella, and Christian again fell in this particular category.
Just before they passionately took turns to perform in a bid to secure their space in the competition, an alumnus of Project Fame; Ese (Season 4 second runner-up) stepped on stage to thrill the audience and douse the tension in the air. She sang ‘Where you belong’, a song that is currently enjoying airplay.
Then it was time for the contestants on probation to perform their songs from the previous week in order to impress the judges and faculty who would be saving one contestant each.
At the end of all the performances, the judges decided to save Daniella, Christian was again saved for the 3rd time in a row but this time around by the Faculty. The contestants on the other hand, for reasons best known to them decided they were not ready to say goodbye to Shola just yet and so they saved him.
This left Taiwo, nicknamed ‘Taiwo rolling Naira’ by Uncle Ben saying a sad goodbye. He appeared to take his eviction in good strides as he said “I have lost the battle but not the war.”
For his last performance, he sang ‘Have Mercy’ by The Mighty Diamonds. He was joined on the stage by the other contestants who sang along with him amidst hugs and encouraging pats on the back.