By Vanessa Obioha
The tough calls are in for the contestants and judges as The Voice Nigeria season two kicked off its live shows. Out of the 16 contestants (four from each team) who performed at the first live show last weekend, only four were saved by their judges. The remaining 12 will have to depend on the public votes to proceed to the next round of the competition. However, only four of them can be saved, that is, one from each team.
At the live screening of the first episode held in Terra Kulture, Victoria Island, Lagos, the audience had mixed feelings as they watched their favourite contestants placed on the eviction block. Shouts of despair rent the air each time one or two contestants is unsaved by the judges.
Team Patoranking kicked off the night with Kessydriz performing Tina Turnerâ€™s â€˜Whatâ€™s Love Got to do with itâ€™, while Afolayan showed his versatility with J Martin ft P-Squareâ€™s â€˜E No Easyâ€™. Voke, the short man in the group got the audience singing along with his performance of Reekado Bankâ€™s â€˜Ladies and Gentlemenâ€™. However, it was Hightee who stole the show. Her rendition of Lauryn Hillâ€™s â€˜That Thingâ€™ was jaw-dropping. She performed the song with so much charisma that for a moment, it was difficult to believe that she was just a contestant in the reality show and not the owner of the song. Apparently, Patoranking saw the rare gem in his team and saved her, leaving Voke, Kessydriz and Afolayan up for eviction.
It was indeed a very tough call for Timi for he has the most talented contestants.
Tonightâ€™s episode will reveal who will be moving on to the next stage of the completion and who will be going home.
Abdulfatah Endorses Gbenga Adeyinkaâ€™s Laffmattazz
The Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed has endorsed the 8th edition of Laffmattazz with Gbenga Adeyinka 1st and Friends in Ilorin.
The endorsement is coming after the top-flight comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka 1st kicked off preparations towards the hosting of the 8th edition of the comedy and music event in Ilorin.
His Excellency, Abdulfattah Ahmed, has been named the special guest of honour at the show, which will also have special appearances from Nollywood stars, Femi Adebayo aka Jelili and Yomi Fash Lanso.
The Grand Comedian of Nigeria and Master of Ceremony extraordinaire, who has set out to reinvent comedy in Nigeria by taking 1st class premium Comedy shows to the entirety of Southwest hitherto considered unattractive by mainstream comedians and promised to rock the states with his Laffmattazz train, is ecstatic about the recent development.
The mission to take over the South West kicked off about six years ago with the last show holding about four months back with the hosting of the Ibadan edition of the Laffmattazz With Gbenga Adeyinka And Friends on Easter Sunday.
Adeyinka said: â€œWe have been blessed with supportive leaders in the South West. From Lagos to Ibadan, Ogun State, Osun State and now Kwara, the governors have been nothing but supportive. Hence, my joy with the endorsement from His Excellency for our show .â€
Billed to hold today at the Banquet Hall, opposite Government House, the comedy, music and family show will have Gbenga Adeyinka 1st, Reminisce, Olu maintain, QDot, Terry Apala, Gandoki, Omobaba leading the pack of entertainers to perform.
With DJ Incredible, DJ Banky and DJ Lollypop holding down the wheels of steel, other entertainers to rock the show include Bash, Capital Femi, Dotman, Lord of Ajasa, Toqs, Sonorous and a host of others.