It moved easily from the emotional to the hilarious at the Abuja, Calabar and Benin auditions of Nigeria’s Got Talent. Episode five of the series featured the final auditions for the nationwide talent hunt.
While the Abuja audition proved disappointing, the judges found plenty to approve of in Calabar. Two young men in diapers called ‘Adult Babies’ got the audience laughing and a singer called Debbie won hearts with a rendition of Asa’s Jailer. A young man named Edet showed off skating skills and a 14-year-old called Samuel who was a dancer and his singing sister, Felicia also got approval to move to the semi-final round.
At the Benin auditions the DNA Crew put up a fantastic dance routine too, but it was Jude James, an albino singer, who carried the day with his performance of Michael Jackson’s Heal the World.
As overwhelmed Kate Henshaw struggled with tears, co-judge Dan Foster noted that James ‘hit the spirit with his note and passion’.
“Those are the moments that make the show,” said producer Debby Schulman. “Beyond the gorgeous cinematography, or the choice locations or the energy from the thousands who came out to audition, this is about moments that reach out and tug at your heart – talent that makes you believe again. Nigeria totally rocks!”
Hosted by Andre Blaze, the judges for the season are radio host Dan Foster, actor Kate Henshaw and entertainment entrepreneur Yibo Koko.
The first season of Nigeria’s Got Talent began to air on 16 September and will run until December 2012. Watch Sundays on AIT (22h30), STV (20h00), NTA (16h00), TVC (21h00) and Soundcity (18h30). Fans in the UK can watch the show on HITV UK Sky 193 (20h00).
Nigeria’s Got Talent is sponsored by Airtel and supported by Cool FM, Wazobia FM, Nigeria Info 99.3 FM and Tastee Fried Chicken