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Friday, September 21, 2012


Nigeria’s most innovative telecommunications company and lead sponsors of Nigerian Idol, Etisalat today announced the commencement of season 3 of the most exciting and the nations favourite reality show. The internationally acclaimed reality TV show brings together talented singers from across the nation to perform and discover Nigeria’s favourite singer. The first season saw artist Yeka Onka walk away with the prize and in season two, Mercy Chinwo carted away the prize.
Speaking on Etisalat’s sponsorship for the third season, the Chief Commercial Officer, Etisalat Nigeria, Mr. Wael Ammar said, “Etisalat as an organisation holds the Nigerian youth very dearly. One of our major products, easycliq has been designed to take care of their communication needs, offer them benefits such as free 15MB of data for browsing on cliq 4 the week, in addition to affordable pricing to ensure that they are constantly in touch with their peers. This quest which Etisalat shares with Nigeria Idol is aimed at youth empowerment and also provides opportunities for young people to excel as they seek to become superstars”.

Speaking on this year’s show, Rotimi Pedro, Chairman, Optima Media Group (OMG), organisers of the Nigerian Idol Reality show, said that this year’s edition promises to be the biggest and the best. He added that the competition will also be stiffer as the judges would be looking to the raise the stakes in terms of the kind of talent they are looking for. He urged youths across the nation to come forward and participate as the show offers them a unique opportunity to actualise their dreams of becoming performing artistes in the Nigerian music industry.
“To register, participants should go online to to download and fill form, and thereaftersend a text with name and audition location to 5599,” he concluded.
This year’s show will extend its search for young talent to five major cities across the nation. The cities of Abuja, Owerri, Port Harcourt, Benin and Lagos will play host to hundreds of aspiring performers.

Last edition saw the winner Mercy Chinwo driving home in a brand new SUV. This year, Etisalat promises something even bigger and better with the introduction of a saloon car for the second place. Prizes for the season include; N7.5 Million, SUV, N5 Million recording contract deal, Galaxy Tab, Black berry and I pod for the winner, N1.5Million, Salon car, Galaxy Tab, Black berry and I pod for the second prize, N1 Million, Galaxy Tab, Black berry and I pod for the third prize and N100,000 each, Galaxy Tab, Black berry and I pod for all other finalists.

The show will take place over a six months period which would begin with auditions and short listing of entrants, after which there will be eliminations up until the live show. Auditions for the show will take place in Abuja on 13th and 14th October, move to Port Harcourt from 20th to 21st October, for the first time in the city of Owerri it will hold on the 27th and 28th October. Also for the first in Benin City, auditions will take place on the 3rd and 4th November and finally, on the 9th and 10th November in Lagos. Airing of the show will commence in December on STV, NTA and AIT networks.

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