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Tiwa Savage, Yinka Davies, Toke Makinwa, Lynxxx, Michelle Dede, Nneka & More Stars at the Unveiling of the Top 12 Contestants for Hit Reality TV Show Nigerian Idol | All the Photos & Scoop!



Nigerian Idol hosted a night of fun and fanfare as they launched the top 12 contestants for the Reality TV show on Saturday 16th February, 2012. It was the first night the contestants were officially performing together, and along with celebrity guests performers Lynxxx, Tiwa Savage and season 2 winner Mercy Chinwo, the newly revealed contestants made sure that the Civic Centre in Victoria Island was the place to be on Saturday evening.

Ill Rymz was the host for the unveiling, which was a celebratory night as the top 12 contestants officially took to the stage for the first time and serenaded the crowd with love songs that were the perfect backdrop for the romantic Valentine’s mood of the week. The talented singers showed off their spectacular vocals to the gathered audience that included celebrities like Nneka, Michelle Dede, Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju, OC Ukeje, Toke Makinwa and more, alongside the judges of the show, Femi Kuti, Yinka Davies and Jeffrey Daniel.

The performances were the crowning jewel of the evening, starting off with Lynxxx, who, with the help of the live band, seduced the crowd with a knock out live performance. Tiwa Savage sang a touching tribute to late singer and performer Goldie Harvey, before she performed some of her most loved hits. And then came the most exciting part of the evening: the twelve successful season 3 competitors were unveiled. Singing ‘No One Like You’ by P-Square, the talented group were luminous as they made their stage debut. That was not all for the evening, as the contestants then formed more intimate groups and sang again. Immaculate Victoria, Abasiakan, Joe Emmal, and Kome sang ‘A Whole New World’, from the Walt Disney animation, ‘Aladdin’. Then Jay Feel, Danny Angus, Debbie Rise and Amara performed ‘Oyi (I Dey Catch Cold)’ by Flavour. Moses, Efezino, Vicci and Sefeeyat were the last to perform for the evening, singing George Benson’s ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change My Love for You’.

The night was brought to an explosive end as season 2 winner, Mercy Chinwo, brought the house to its feet and started an impromptu party with her infectious vocals.

Nigerian Idol is brought to you by Etisalat, in association with Pepsi and supported by Beat FM.

Check out photos from the event:

Toke Makinwa

Tiwa Savage

Michelle Dede

Yinka Davies


Mercy Chinwo

Brenards Kuti


Femi Kuti

Jeffrey Daniel

Blossom Chukwujekwu

Paul Okoye & Wunika Mukan

OC Ukeje

Kemi 'Lala' Akindoju

Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju


Chuddy K

Kemi ‘Lala’ Akindoju & Adebola Williams

Tunde Balogun (Tee Billz), Tiwa Savage & Lynxxx

Mrs Rotimi Pedro & Yinka Davies

Nigerian Idol season 2 winner Mercy Chinwo & second runner-up Steven Onochie

Rotimi Pedro, Brenards Kuti & Femi Kuti

The Top 12 Contestants having an autograph session with Tiwa Savage & Lynxxx


Lynxxx performing “Fine Lady”

Tiwa Savage performing “Kele Kele Love”

Group 1 performing “A Whole New World”

Group 2 performing “Oyi” by Flavour

Group 3 performing “Nothing’s Going To Change My Love For You”

Top 12 performing “No One Like You” by P-Square

Official unveiling of Nigerian Idol Season 3 Top 12 contestants

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  1. Bamzi

    February 20, 2013 at 12:01 am

    Tiwa I do agree you need a (new) stylist.

  2. TrueTalkCritique

    February 20, 2013 at 12:32 am

    Motoke is on point, love the look.
    Tiwa.. dont you own a Mirror?

  3. taiwo

    February 20, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Tiwa if is the engagement that is making u dress this bad pls make una return the ring as soon as possible and call of the engagement lol!#getanewstylist

  4. ada

    February 20, 2013 at 12:48 am

    WTF is Michelle Dede wearing and why are Kemi’s toes spilling out of her shoes?

  5. Mma

    February 20, 2013 at 12:57 am

    nneka looks gorge!

  6. Ms lala

    February 20, 2013 at 1:16 am


  7. dee one

    February 20, 2013 at 1:24 am

    Michelle deed n her sense of style…..I just don’t get it

  8. Hian

    February 20, 2013 at 1:52 am

    Blossom gini? LOL


    February 20, 2013 at 1:54 am

    We seriously need more Nigerian female vocalists to give Tiwa a run for her money because i’m sick of seeing her everywhere. Its annoying.

    • Bleed blue

      February 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

      THE AMAKA!!!!! Oh lawd have I missed you? Where’ve you been girl?

  10. Adedayo

    February 20, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Seriously Tiwa needs to stop letting these people put her in non flattering cloths..Am all for supporting local talent but seriously, pick the ones that compliment your body

  11. Yewande Aje

    February 20, 2013 at 4:34 am

    abi are we looking at the same picture? Tiwa looks gorgeous. Na wa for you women, I’m sure you all look better?! Her hair and makeup is simple and gorgeous and the outfit is great! Pls elaborate on what exactly is WRONG with the look…I’m curious

  12. @ajiriavae

    February 20, 2013 at 5:29 am

    Tiwa, I hope you are pregnant because what other explanation can there be for this look? I love Michelle Dede’s look. Toke looks good, too.

    • Asaa

      February 20, 2013 at 2:35 pm

      You have issues if u LOVE michelle dede ( who looks horrible) and questioning Tiwa abt what shez wearing! Tiwa looks amazing as usual! To me, she is one of the best dressed celebrities we have! Toke dresses well too!

  13. Hi

    February 20, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Tiwa savage: Fine girl.
    Lynxxx “utunu” : All na packaging.

    Wizzkid, Lynxxx, Tiwa Savage: I want some Pepsi drink.

  14. lovelyn

    February 20, 2013 at 7:14 am

    Toke luks gd, but Tiwa aint bad na … Dey all looked like dey had so mch fun!

  15. Mee

    February 20, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Do u understand??? Tiwa just keeps falling my Hands! #getanewstylist#!

  16. Cutee

    February 20, 2013 at 8:46 am

    Paul Okoye alwayz onpoint with his designer wears

  17. Tosin

    February 20, 2013 at 8:54 am

    Yinka Davies,she is aging so well,love her skin…

  18. Peachy_mo

    February 20, 2013 at 9:00 am

    What exactly do you people want? Last time I checked you crucified her on her dressing especially the mesh top wit embroidery on the nipples now she goes next door sweetheart we want her to be you say she fall your hand, she’s not flattering blah blah blah… and it quite obvious the comments are coming from the ladies in the house…Na Wah o! Anyways, my dear Tiwa, I THINK you look gorgeous and should do more of this simple classy look…maybe just to keep their tongues wagging while you pocket your dough! All the best dear…


    February 20, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Tiwa no get style @ all

  20. sweetie

    February 20, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Nneka needs to get her brows twixed. Those stuffs r 2 bushy and unattractive!
    Der is always sumtn abt michelle dede’s look, cant place it. She always looks plain somhow.

    • Tiki

      February 20, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      twixed? bushy?

      Girl, the only thing ‘unattractive’ here is your butchering of the English language…

    • Tiki

      February 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      *’stuffs’, not bushy.

  21. Gold

    February 20, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Tiwa, PLS GET A NEW AND GOOD STYLIST!! You’re too pretty to be appearing in unflattering clothes all the time. Yes we complained of wearing revealing clothes, you’re yet to strike a balance my dear. This is a NO NO for me

  22. Tsarah!

    February 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Michelle there was no need for the belt na!!!! You people can see what i always say about Toke and Lynxxx always at the same events ooooo! Tell that girl to leave my boo o!
    Lynxxx is a leftie??? How cute *love struck*

  23. Bukki

    February 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

    This event looks cheap and ugly for an event of this calibre” idol” . Why do Nigerians accept nd celebrate mediocrity?why do we hate on the good things and glorify mediocrity? This looks like a secondary school Christmas carol! Even some posh secondary schools will not put up a show like this! You can actually see the log in the stair! Really sad!….and the drap looking idol judges…smh!

  24. Bukki

    February 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    It’s pretty sad that people are more interested in commenting about “what people wore” than the quality of event handed down for your perusal. Idols is supposed to be a big franchise, this is one of the poorest and ugliest ive ever seen a show look. There was budget, planning etc than went into this? For a whole Nigeria? The most populous black a nation in the World? And you guys are more interested in what people wore? EVEN THE YOUTHS OF THIS COUNTRY NEED RE EVALUATION.

  25. Rakel

    February 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    very true Bukki buh i stl tink Tiwa looks good…i mean good.

  26. Opsy

    February 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Nnwka looks so sweet. Love the natural look. Toke is fine too. Go Tiwa. My girl any time.

  27. Opsy

    February 20, 2013 at 1:16 pm


  28. Gloria

    February 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    There’s nothing wrong with Tiwa’s wear, must she dress seducely all the time? I beg ur pardon she is a married woman and do not need 2 expose her body to the public. What u should look in her body is her skin if it’s glowing.

  29. Stephanie N

    February 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    What is Tiwa wearing? I LOVE NNEKA AAAAH! Lol

  30. Grace shun

    February 20, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    nice! nice ! nice!

  31. Nma

    February 20, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Nneka does it for me. So Natural……..

  32. Anonny

    February 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    MERCY go and release album,You are looking too fine,Hope you have not spent all your dough,Just saying

  33. Toyin

    February 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Sigh. Naija people will kill someone and send the person the grave too soon. The best is to ignore their ignorance. There’s nothing absolutely wrong with what Tiwa is wearing. Keep your head up girl. But, time to release more songs, enough of kele kele love bcos there’s no more, we all know who your man is now.

  34. Temi

    February 20, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I like Toke’s outfit but not on her. She’s too fair skinned for the fabric. Mrs. Rotimi Pedro, that is one sweet outfit. Go girl! Married with children or not, you still dey kampe! Much respect! The fabric of Tiwa’s outfit is too busy to be made into such a busy style. That’s what’s wrong with it. The top part is ok, but that lower part is too much. I know she’s a good dresser. She must have rushed to select what to wear…It happens to the best of us sometimes. Michelle Dede, Brenards Kuti and Nneka…All of you must not marry anyone else oh. My brothers must surely marry you. I’m already saving up for your bride price. Don’t worry, I got you girls!

  35. Geek

    February 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    Toke’s “yallow” is so artificial-looking. Dayum.

  36. Babious

    March 6, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    i taya oh,Blossom. Ewww, dat dress Tiwa. ds toke abi wetin bi her name go deywhite until she disappear.

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