Music teacher, Darlington Timothy, who brought four of his students to the last audition of Glo X Factor shown on television stations across Ghana and Nigeria as Episode Five over the weekend, got some music lessons from the judges who advised him to cut down on his theatrics and give the listeners the benefit of his beautiful voice.
A musical group, ‘Tone Fanatics’ also got a raw deal from the judges: Onyeka Onwenu, MI and Reggie Rockstone, who reduced the six man team to four before giving them the nod for the next stage. Onyeka described the Group as incredibly boring and advised them to step up their performance if they intended to go far in the singing reality television show.
For 20-year-old Anne George who had spent her last 18 years at the Living Saint Orphange, her appearing on the Glo X-Factor stage is a ray of hope for all orphans in the world that there is no limit to what they can achieve.
Anne’s rendition of “Russian Roulette” impressed two of the judges: MI and Reggie, who passed her on while Onyeka challenged her to convince her that she had what it takes in the next round.
These were part of the drama, talents and dreams that played out at the Lagos audition of the show.
On her part, 28-year-old Ekiti State indigene, Niniola Apata, who witnessed the assassination of her father in 1995, received a rare standing ovation from all the X-Factor Judges.
The three judges were lavish in their praises, positing that they had never witnessed anything like the superlative performance of Niniola since the show started five weeks ago.
MI described the performance of Niniola who sang “To love you more” as fantastic, adding “ I can’t believe the notes you are hitting!”. Onyeka confessed to having “goose pimples all over me. Oh my goodness, there is talent in this place!”.
Another contestant who got three yeses from the judges was 25-year-old Nnani Akah who sang ‘One naira’, a song made popular by MI. Akah was very impressive with his melodious voice and wonderful adlibbing.
He disclosed that if he won the tournament, he would spend the N24 million prize money to complete a block of classrooms, which he started constructing with his resources as a youth corps member in Dogunahawa village in Plateau State.
The performance of 49-year-old trained broadcaster, Princess Pat Mohie who thrilled the judges with a rendition of Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t nobody’ was simply inspiring and was described by Onyeka as “sassy”.
Over 5,000 contestants in three categories of under 23-year olds, over 23-year olds and groups are jostling for the N24 million star prize and a Sony music contract.