The picture is gradually becoming clearer and the dance battle for the 10 Million Naira grand prize getting more intense as the Maltina Dance All 8 academy makes steady progress. The Leonard and Maisamari families could not stand the twist, turns, frills and intensity of the show as they became the first two families to be evicted from the show.
The two were evicted from the show after performing the “WaZoBia” (Nigeria’s indigenous dance) and “Jive” dance routines. They got the judges sledge hammer because of their inability to creatively satisfy them with their performances.
The first eviction showdown had four families locking horns to remain in the Academy. The Dide and Leonard families had earlier been placed on possible eviction list after their “WaZoBia” performance, while the Oladapo and Maisamari families could not impress the judges after the “Jive” performance. After what the judges’ trio of Muyiwa Osinaike, Comfort Fedoke and Jeffery Page described as an unsatisfactory performance at the various performance shows, they were given an order to redeem their image and justify their stay in the academy.
The Oladapo Family set the tone for the “WaZoBia” performance at the eviction night with “Nkpokiti” dance from Eastern Nigeria; the Maisamari and Leonard families rocked with “Owigiri/ Agene” and the Dide family nailed it with the “Bata” dance from the South West.
Muyiwa Osinaike said most of the families who have participated at the eviction show down from the past till present always come back to the stage with so much vibrancy and determination; he thus commended them for their “WaZoBia” performance.
The “Jive” performance, which turned out to be a night of emotion, opened with an energetic display by Dide family with a song titled “This head I Hold“. They left the floor for the Leonard Family with “One way or Another“. The Maisamari’s hit the stage with “Living La vida Loca” while the Oladapo’s closed the night performance with “Don’t Stop Me Now“.
When it was time for the judges to announce the families that would be evicted, the tension in the atmosphere was quite palpable as they found it challenging determining the two families that would leave the academy. One of the judges Comfort Fedoke, a professional dancer said the “Jive” performance described the family performance as an improvement from the initial show.
After the high powered judges deliberations, they collectively reached the conclusion that the Leonard and Maisamari families did not prove that they could make it to the next phase of the competition, this earned them their evictions.
Jeffery Page, one of the judges, disclosed the families lacked the basic elements of “WaZoBia” and “Jive” and that their performances was a comedy of error because he did not feel the power and technique needed for them to perfect the routines.
This notwithstanding, the evicted family representatives commended Maltina for the opportunity granted them to display their inbuilt talent and learn new dance styles. They promised to keep working on what they had learned from the judges’ corrections and improve on the dance routines outside the academy.
Apart from the 10 Million Naira grand prize, the first and second runners-up in the competition will take home 3 Million and 1 Million Naira respectively.
The show, which hit the airwaves on Sunday 7th September 2014, is being shown on AIT (7PM – 8pPM daily); Silverbird TV (9PM – 10PM) and Ebony Live TV (7PM) Weekdays and (8:30PM) Weekend. The grand finale would be aired live on AIT and Africa Magic channels on DSTV. Viewers who miss any edition can still catch all the action on YouTube, Facebook and the Maltina website.
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