Nigerian Idol REVEALED! Audu Maikori, Yinka Davies & Jeffrey Daniel are the judges with radio personality Yemisi ‘Misi’ Fajimolu as the host

As Nigerian Idol is prepping to kick off, it has been revealed that Multitalented entertainer Yinka Davies, CEO of Chocolate City Audu Maikori and American dancer and singer Jeffery Daniel will be judges for the first edition of Nigerian Idol.

These music enthusiasts tactically selected from different fields in the music industry will be responsible for judging and critiquing the performances of the contestants right from auditions to show proper. Apart from evaluating their performances they will also be advising them on how to make their performances better.

At a media launch held in Lagos early this week, CEO Optima Media Group Rotimi Pedro stated “Judging is a critical part of Idols, and as the format states, a record producer, Music director, Music Company executive, Vocal coach, casting director, Radio DJ, Songwriter, Music journalist or Artist Manager can be saddled with these duties, and that’s what we have done.

Idol judges since inception have been known to give accurate and sometimes stinging appraisals on the performances of the contestants; creating intrigues and drama for home entertainment, while helping the talents be the best they can be. In most cases, their evaluation of these performances has tilted public opinion. Most Nigerians are familiar with Idol Judges like Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson and Ellen DeGeneres. Usually Idols 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

Audu Maikori

trusted role in commenting on the performances of this year’s contestants while helping the wannabes be the best they can be. The show will hosted by Yemisi Fajimolu (a.k.a Misi), an On Air personality with Beat 99.9FM. Nwoko continues “We are currently solidifying relationships with major television networks here and in other African countries, as well as inEurope and the United States. Music is a universal language, and we believe that Nigeria is a hub for music talent. With Nigerian Idol, we are dedicated to showing the world that we are ready to cross over into the international music scene. Nigerian Idol will produce the Next Big International Star from Nigeria’

Nigerian Idol will kick off with Auditions in Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Calabar with Misi taking TV audiences through the show episode by episode. “I am so excited about this, it is a dream come true for me, and I can’t wait to start on this project” she says. Applications for Idols are available for talented singers between 16 and 28, after which a list of 50 contestants who will be given tasks to prove themselves as Nigeria’s singing Idol will be selected.
Audition first appeared on the official website on July 2, 2010
The programme will be sponsored by Etisalat.


There are so many music-centric reality TV shows on Nigerian TV right now. Are you looking forward to another one? With ‘Idol’ being the most globally recognizable brand, we have high hopes for the programme. We really hope they do something different.

Here are photos from the Nigerian Idol media presentation which took place earlier today in Lagos.

Lynxxx, Skales, Audu & Timi Dakolo

Timi Dakolo performed

Denrele (We love Denrele!)

35 Comments on Nigerian Idol REVEALED! Audu Maikori, Yinka Davies & Jeffrey Daniel are the judges with radio personality Yemisi ‘Misi’ Fajimolu as the host
  • KemiPen September 21, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    I juz love Denrele…He is in his own world [wherever that is…]…

  • anonymous September 21, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    YAWN! so many talent shows……..

  • Ounje Mi September 21, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    that boy at the end has were-were *HISS*

  • Chill Abeg September 21, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    This Denrele cat has to chill on this his ‘one nation’ punk boots he is always wearing. For someone who gets photographed regularly, i mean get a variety. CHILL ABEG

  • ufedo September 21, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    too many singing/talent shows.. but lets see how this one pans out.

    • me September 23, 2010 at 11:23 am

      too many singing talet show @ Udefo ur right,wat about acting, presenting, drawing, reading, enterprenuer building etc. why are we not encourage also. we should go kill ourselves since we can not sing???????? please guys something needs to be done.

  • D.O.T.M.H. September 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    all the best with this

  • Myne Whitman September 22, 2010 at 4:22 am

    Good luck to Yemisi and all the judges.

  • Ogo September 22, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Ok now….another show won’t hurt. What stations and what time?

  • Ronnie September 22, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Oh God!…DERELE!!! #@*#LOL

  • Ms. Jayee September 22, 2010 at 10:22 am


  • Magaj September 22, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Love yemisi(MISI) on air, shes so so cool, no doubt shes gonna kill this hosting gig

  • adenike September 22, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Yemisi is pretty cool….Denrele needs to get a grip.
    @Chill abeg;you got me loooooool

  • Ujubaby September 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    This Derenle guy is annoying, tschew!

  • Naija Didi September 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    lol @ wherever that is…

  • efed September 22, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    True too many singing talent shows sef!!! N they are backed by the big players in telecommunications!!! Anyway, its what happens with the winners i want to see, cos i can count with my fingers how many peeps have won these contest n gone on to achieve super stardom.

  • uchechi September 22, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    Wow, this is cool

  • ami September 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Denrele needs to stop going to Camden market and be band from every punk store. I mean seriously he is an eye sore

  • Nigeria@50 September 23, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    DENRELE…”tschewwwwwwwwwwww” Talent show here and dia, if its not dancing, its singing, just a little of acting (AMBO). Dis sponsors can explore other areas – Comedians, more acting, enterprenuer, e.t.c

  • Dante September 23, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Its not the fault of the telecom companies.. they are looking for mileage and from media monitoring, it has been proven that these talent shows garner the most viewership.. How many people watched intellectual and academic reality shows like the debate and the apprentice?
    The need to get to large market of potential subscribers and reality shows give them that leverage.

  • ogefierce September 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    whats up wit dis Denre….whats-his-name? sooooo trashy !!!!!!!!!!!

  • mimi September 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    how much does the winner and runner up get?

  • Kevin Obosi September 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Did they pay for the Syndication… I know Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell don’t come cheap…
    PS: How are the going to make money from the show, who’s spornsoring it?

  • OLA September 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    …Of course….lol… who doesnt just love denrele….he is surely in his own world…lol….the guy cracks me up even when am down and out.

  • funke b September 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    lol lynxxx’s head is rather huge!! looks like he’s about to burst…lmao

    • Dee September 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm

      True dat…has to do a double take when I saw the head..lool

  • doll September 28, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Derenle needs to grow up

  • baba September 28, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Naija sha! Una dey follow america hail lady gaga but dey abuse denrele? Leave the guy jo, originality work for am, why he no go show?

  • Pam September 28, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    @baba yes o! the same people cooing over gagas “edginess” will call derenle names. whatever he does good for him. he stands out, gets the gigs, gets paid, and is a damn good pioneering PRODUCER on Soundcity. I became an even bigger fan when i realized how hard he works and that his “were” image attracted the jobs that paid for him to go to University. Go Denrele!

  • duntex September 30, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    abeg make una leave Denrele, the guy is doing what he knows to do best! me i like am sha

  • Hidy October 29, 2010 at 1:03 am

    For Nigerian music to be the best,organisers of show must sponspor poetry(LYRICS) contest and other form of art associated with music…..we are tired of seeing singers.Its time to produce song writers and other creative personalities.

  • FRANCIS BOLAJOKO November 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    d organizers of dis talent hunt are nothing but TALENT KILLER.y cudnt dey b sure of dere policies b4 announcing……………………………bunch of dissapoinment

  • Fakkk March 28, 2011 at 10:33 am

    The right person did not win. Compare Nigerian Idol to American Idol u cannot compare it. They need to work on so many aspects for the next Nigerian Idol.

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