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How to win Nigerian Idol 2022: Season 7

The seventh edition of Nigerian Idol is ready to kick off and there are loads of new additions to the show.

Since it made its debut in Nigeria, The Nigerian Idol has been a platform for talent discovery and expression.   

Nigerian Idol 2022 (S7) starts on Sunday, February 6, 2022.

The Idol franchise has over the years produced some of the biggest Nigerian singers such as Timi Dakolo, Mercy Chinwo, and Omawumi who have gone ahead to make a name for themselves in the global music scene.   

Wanna win Nigerian Idol 2022: Season 7? Here are some tips:

Tips for winning Nigerian Idol 2022 {With contributions from Nigerian Idol}

1) Choose the right song


E no be a matter of ‘most famous song’ o, it’s all about choosing a song you’re comfortable with, and one that’ll allow you to play around and show your vocal skills without folding.

Like, are you comfortable singing the song? Do the notes cause you any breathing discomfort?

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Do you know the lyrics? So, it’d help to go through the song list and choose MORE THAN ONE to perfect. Got it? Good!

2) Train! Train! Train!


No matter how talented you are, don’t get too comfy. Adequate Preparation trumps talent. Do vocal training, find a coach, rehearse as many times as possible in a day.

This does not mean you should stress your voice out. Just makes sure there is adequate amount of preparation that goes into your performance.

This will boost your confidence when you finally get on stage of Nigerian Idol 2022 (Season 7)

3) Exercise!


Now that you can spit the lyrics in your sleep, get down to business and align your vocals by doing some exercises. Think of this as a pre-Olympic ritual.

There’s a stretch before the act, yes? Just a few minutes before you start recording, do some vocal warm-ups and you’ll be good to go.

4) Quality is King


Great camera quality, amazing lighting, a fitting background and some kind of external noise cancellation.

All these factors will play an important role in submitting a quality audition clip. Check these from your list and it may just be a ‘yes’!

5) Maintain your originality


Don’t try to overimpress by vocalising too much or doing extra stuff. Be yourself. Maintain your authenticity because the Judges will see right through you.

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Being yourself also allows you to get flexible and dynamic with whatever song you’ve chosen to sing.

6) “Carpe Diem” the stage! (Sieze the stage)


No matter how aligned with your voice the chosen song is, the delivery won’t have as much impact if you’re not confident.

In fact, eh, we heard through the grapevine that our judges can identify confidence in your singing. So do your mantras, meditate, or whatever rocks your ‘voice’. Just get your mind right and your confidence at a high, before stepping into the spotlight.

7) Have fun with it!


Your eagerness to board the Nigerian Idol success train tells us that you’re passionate about music and want to live your life rhythmically, yes?

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So, now that you’ve identified the strength in your voice, studied your songs and did a confidence mantra, you’re ready to take the spotlight and are going to have fun while at it, right?!

Remember, sha, this is an experience no one will take away from you, so make sure you bring your unicorns and rainbows.

8) Judge yourself first!


After putting everything together, wear the critics’ cape and judge the entry for yourself. Ask yourself (or some friends/fam) if this’d blow your mind if you were a judge. If so, then you’re good to go.

How to win Nigerian Idol
1) Choose the right song
2) Train!
3) Maintain your originality
4) Quality is King
5) Exercise
6) “Sieze the stage”!
7) Have fun with it
8) Judge yourself first

There are also so many things to learn about the Nigerian Idol now considering that its taking a new turn.

When is Nigerian Idol 2022 starting?

All things being equal, Nigerian Idol 2022 (S7) starts on Sunday, February 6, 2022.

This gives a lot of time to the participants to practise as much as they can because it Nigerian Idol 2022 is coming back hotter!

Who are the Judges?

how to win nigerian idol

For Nigerian Idol 2021 (S6), the Judges were Seyi Shay, Obi Asika and DJ Sose. However, Nigerian Idol 2022 has Simi and DBanj as the new Judges replacing Seyi Shay and DJ Sose.

Meanwhile, Obi Asika remains a judge on Nigerian Idol 2022.

The Executive Head of Content and West Africa Channels at MultiChoice Nigeria, Busola Tejumola said the selection of the Judges was a thorough and intentional one. He said:

“We could not think of a better trio to be the season’s judges than Obi Asika, D’banj, and Simi.

The three of them combined bring decades worth of experience in the music and entertainment business, as well as individual mastery of their crafts.

We have no doubt that they will keep the viewers entertained in what will be a spectacular season!”

The new Judges of Nigerian Idol 2022 (S7) are also super pumped about judging the show. Popular singer and songwriter Simi said:

“I’ve always loved the idea of being a judge and I think it’s a fun thing to do. I plan to be very honest and have fun and hopefully gain inspiration from those that come on the show.”

The returning Judge Obi Asika also expressed his excitement as he returns to Nigerian Idol 2022 (Season 7).

“I will be looking for special talents and new faces this year. I’m also excited to work with the rest of the judges this season, and I will be very fair and real to every contestant just like I was last year.”

On his part, DBanj was extremely thrilled at the reality of being a judge on Nigerian Idol 2022. He said:

“I was out of the country when I found out that I was going to be a judge for this season of Nigerian Idol and I couldn’t contain my excitement. I’m coming in with my own strategy so viewers should expect a bang.”

Requirements for Registering for Nigerian Idol 2022

Of course, there are set rules that Nigerian Idol has laid down before you can apply for the competition. However, these rules are not stringent. Here they are:

1) You must be a Nigerian citizen

2) You must be a Nigerian Citizen living in Nigeria. Nigerians in diaspora are not allowed to participate in Nigerian Idol 2022

3) Participants who are interested in contesting in Nigerian Idol 2022 must be within 16 years of age to 30 years of age (16-30)

4) If you participated in the past editions of Nigerian Idol, then you won’t be allowed to participate in Nigrian Idol 2022. This is yo give other people the chance to participate.

5) You must have a phone number and valid email address that can be reachable at all times. This is so you can receive messages and updates from Nigerian Idol

6) You must have NIN (National Identification Number) or a Nigerian Passport. Without either means of identification, you cannot participate in Nigerian Idol 2022

7) You must upload a recorded video of yourself singing. The video must be at least thirty (30) seconds)

7) You must have a YouTube channel. This will make fiding the videos you upload easy, and problem make the Nigerian Idol team go through your past video.

How do I register for Nigerian Idol 2022 (Season 7)?

Unfortunately, Auditions for Nigerian Idol 2022 has already been done. According to Nigerian Idol, MultiChoice Nigeria announced physical auditions for Nigerian Idol season 7. The auditions were be held on Saturday, 4 December 2021, at the Colossus Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.

The physical auditions were the last phase of the audition process for Nigerian Idol 2022 (Season 7) and commenced by 9 am at the Colossus Hotel, Ikeja.

Announcing the new season, Executive Head, Content and West Africa Channels at MultiChoice Nigeria, Busola Tejumola, said: 

“MultiChoice remains committed to promoting and giving young music talents in Nigeria a platform to shine and actualize their dreams.

Season seven promises to be even bigger and more entertaining. So if you believe you have what it takes to be the next Nigerian Idol, be a part of the auditions starting November 14.”

The competition is only open to participants between the ages of 16 – 30  years. Intending participants are to come along with their passport or NIN card as proof of identification.

If you auditioned on the online audition platform and were unsuccessful, you are welcome to come audition at the physical audition.

What can I win on Nigerian Idol 2022 (Season 7)

The prizes to be won keeps getting better every edition.

■At the first edition of Nigerian Idol, 26-year-old Onyekachi Elizabeth Gilbert Onwuka aka “yeka onka” won 7.5 Million Naira, a recording contract with Sony, a car and an all-expense-paid trip to South Africa. 

■At the sixth edition of Nigerian Idol {Nigerian Idol 2021), Kingdom Krosede was the winner.Kingdom Kroseide emerged winner after an intense musical contest involving over 3000 hopefuls from across the country, and over 16 million Votes recorded at the Finale.

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Following the completion of the online and physical Auditions last November, Kroseide was given a prize money of 30 million Naira, a brand new SUV, an all expense paid trips to Dubai and Seychelles, a recording contract, a one year supply of Bigi Drinks.

Meanwhile, in this edition of Nigerian Idol, barely two weeks after announcing the return of the fan favourite reality singing competition show; Nigerian Idol,

MultiChoice Nigeria has revealed that the reward for the eventual winner will be a recording contract with a leading record label and more than 50 million Naira worth of prizes which include a cash prize and a brand new car. 

Speaking on the prizes, Executive Officer of MultiChoice Nigeria, John Ugbe said:

“Our drive to empower talented Nigerian youth is at the forefront of our decision to return with Nigerian Idol. Nigerians are enormously talented in every sector and over the years.

Nigerian music has been one of our greatest exports to the world and you can see how well the world has received Nigerian music.”.

The prizes for Nigerian Idol 2022: Season 7 are bigger because Nigerian Idol has partnered with Binance and Bigi to bring the best experience to the viewers and the winner of the show.

Where can I watch Nigerian Idol 2022: Season 7?

The countdown is officially on for the seventh Season of the show, which premieres February 2022 on DStv and GOtv.

Get ready for Nigerian Idol 2022: Season 7!

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Posted by Olayiide Bolaji

Olayiide Bolaji is a writer at The Scoove Africa whose interests span in music and movies. He is also a freelance A&R personel.

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