….. As Organizers search for Nigeria’s first Idol….

The journey to find Nigeria’s next music star kicks off as the Nigerian Idol crew hit the road this weekend to kick start auditions for talents

The world- famous musical franchise has been staged in many continents of the world, seen by millions of live and TV audiences, but on Saturday October 9, 2010, the journey to finding Nigeria’s first Idol begins.

“The auditions will start with producers screening wanna-be singers on the first two days, and then the judges will fly in on the last day to audition those that passed the producer’s phase” Project Manager Chichi Nwoko told reporters on Tuesday morning before heading to Enugu

Already, a 50 man production team comprising of grounded experts from South Africa, Nigeria and the United Kingdom arrived Enugu on Monday to set up for auditions at the Universal Hotel Enugu.

“We need to get things ready and in place for the contestants as well as the judges and the host for Saturday” Lillias Bode Head of the production team disclosed

Sponsored by Etisalat, the lucky 100 from all the audition venues will return with Idols team to Lagos, Nigeria after which they will be screened down to 50. Host Misi will take TV viewers through auditions through the Theatre episodes, group work shop episodes all the way to the live shows.

After Enugu, the preliminaries will move to Abuja where resident talents will audition for Idols at the Nicon Luxury on October 15 and 16. Auditions will hold in Calabar at the Cultural Centre on October 22 and 23, and finally in Lagos at D Box Studios Omole Phase 1.

The journey to discovering Nigerian Idol will take the mould of the original Pop Idol. Viewers and critics familiar with the Idols format can state categorically that Idols usually has three judges (as in the US version) or four (in the European version).

For the first time ever, Maikori, Daniel and Davies will take up positions as judges of Nigerian Idol and play their trusted role in commenting on the performances of this year’s contestants while helping the wannabes be the best they can be.

At the end of the search, the winner of Idols will get a cash prize of 2.5 Million Naira and a record deal from an international record label

Originally referred to as Pop Idol, Idols debuted on British TV in October 2001. It was initially aimed at discovering the best new pop singer in the United Kingdom, but over the years, it has grown to become an international franchise with many now excluding “Pop” from the title.

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