Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Etisalat Storms Port Harcourt with Nigerian Idol Auditions... As Enugu Auditions prepare for take off

L-R:  Panel of Judges: Jeffrey Daniels, Yinka Davies and Charly Boy

In fulfillment of its promise to offer platforms for youth discovery and development, Etisalat Nigeria, held its second auditioning of Nigerian Idol Season 2 in the garden city of Port-Harcourt.

The vibrant crowd of over 2000 youths that turned up for the musical auditions at Hotel Presidential was proof that not only is Port Harcourt the renowned oil city, but one overflowing with musical talents

The Port Harcourt auditions, the second in a row after Abuja gave youth hopefuls of the region the opportunity to showcase their talents as would-be Idols. Renowned artistes, DJ Zeez, Frank d Nero, and Nigga Raw added glamour to the event, as they rendered hit songs, which got the crowd screaming and dancing.

Speaking on the successful auditions, Chief Commercial Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Wael Ammar, said “Nigerian Idol, sponsored by Etisalat Nigeria offers a platform for discovering and developing musical talents, as well as promoting them, with a star prize that includes a recording contract with a top international label.

He added “With the huge turn-out of contestants at the Port-Harcourt auditions, we are confident that more contestants will turn up in Enugu”.

Mary Okey, a Mass Communication student of the Benue State University, one of the contestants who scaled through at the audition, admitted that it was really scary facing the judges but that the experience was rewarding and enlightening. “I am so happy to be one of the people selected at this audition and I pray I make it to the finals”.

The next auditions would be holding at the Universal Hotel, Enugu on the 28th and 29th, later this month. The last phase of the auditions will be in Lagos on the 9th-12th of November, at the Dream Studios.

Etisalat, lead sponsor of Nigerian Idols, would be giving away premium prizes not just to the winner, but also to the runners-up and others in the Top Ten positions.

The winner of this year's competition, smiles away with the a hundred thousand dollars in cash, a recording contract, and gifts including a brand new SUV, a Galaxy Tab, a Blackberry, and an iPod. The first runner up gets N1.5 million, a Galaxy Tab, Blackberry and iPod; and the 2nd runner up will receive N1million, a Galaxy Tab, a Blackberry and an iPod. Finalists from 4th to 10th place also receive each, N100, 000, a Galaxy Tab, a Blackberry and an iPod.

The show would begin airing December 4, until the winner is announced at a grand gala in April, 2012.