The first broadcast of the new MTN Y’ello Star project gave us seven contestants who got a “YES” and made it to the house, seven more contestants secured spots for the Y’ello Star Hub last Saturday after impressive performances during singing. national. -off. Contrary to the 13 spots initially announced at the Y’ello Star Hub, the trio of judges from Omawumi, Banky W and Olisa Adibua made a surprise selection that brought the number of finalists to 14.
Rakel and Innocent were the first couple to grace the stage for Saturday’s sing-off to secure a spot at the center of Y’ello Star. They performed a mix of Nigerian folk songs. Afterward, the Caesar and Rael duo took the stage and impressed guest judge Olisa Adibua, who rated their performance highly.
The Gideon and IBK pairing was applauded by Banky W for their synergy in delivering their song mix. Before moving on to other performances, the judges had a small talk about music distribution, sharing opinions on what drives virality. They reached a consensus that all music distribution channels play a role, from radio, images and social networks.
After three more pairs of contestants performed overnight, the 12 contestants were individually invited to the stage for a final verdict. The MTN Y’ello Star team has added some color to the way the final verdict is passed, designing different doors that light up based on the judges’ decision.
David, Rael, Caesar, Uzezi, Fay Fay, and Gideon all received a nod and walked through the “Yes” door. A highlight of Saturday’s show featured the judges using their veto power to select the fourteenth contestant, Jesse Drumz, the visually impaired singer who had wowed everyone since his audition days.
Sunday’s opening gala began with a performance by the 14 contestants who performed the Y’ello theme song, after which the presenters, Tobi Bakre and Hilda Baci, officially welcomed everyone to the Y’ello Star Hub. Each of the judges also highlighted the opportunity to groom the next generation of Nigerian music stars, with Banky W saying, “For me, it is education at Berklee College of Music and Henley Business School. The show is really about empowering the totality of the artist experience, it’s called show business for a reason and MTN Y’ello Star takes care of both sides. “
Each of the contestants performed a song of their choice and it was scored. The highest of the night was nine and the lowest, three. David Willz, who played Ed Sheeran’s’ Beautiful People ‘, scored the lowest, while David Garland, who played Bruno Mars” Uptown Girl ‘, impressed Omawumi enough to get a 9, as did FayFay, who performed Maroon 5’s ‘Memories’. All contestants will be looking to improve their performances while keeping their eyes on the final prize.
MTN Y’ello Star is one of the initiatives to support the economic recovery campaign by investing in the country’s youth. The music reality show airs every weekend on various stations across the country.