After initially receiving over 11,000 audition entries from around Nigeria, MTN Y’ello Star officially opened on Saturday, November 7, with 40 contestants for the national sing-off, out of which only 14 will make the final selection. The contestants either got a “Yes”, a “No”, or a “Maybe” from the judges.
During the national sing off, only 7 contestants got definite “Yeses” from the judges, which meant they had immediately made it to the finals. This left 7 slots to be filled, and by Saturday, November 14, the 12 contestants who had gotten “Maybes” from the judges, had a second chance to impress them and make it to the finals. Only 7 out of these 12 were eventually chosen.
The 12 contestants were paired in twos to face off each other. Six teams in total. The contestants that impressed the judges went through the yellow door into the final, while it was the end of the Y’ello star road for the others.
Let’s see how they did.
Rakael and Innocent
These two super talented contestants faced off in an exciting performance of a mash up Shakira’s “Waka Waka”, Burna Boy’s “Dangote”, Tiwa Savage’s “Ole”, Davido’s “If” and several other great selections. This was a fierce round with both contestants not giving an inch away.
In spite of their efforts, the judges were not greatly impressed by the pair. They both got Nos from the judges.
Next up were Caesar and Rael – this was a slower medley of songs like, Justin Bieber’s “Sorry”, Sam Smith’s “I’m Not The Only One”, Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”. This pair had great energy and synergy and both got a Yes from the judges that saw them in the finals.
Gideon and IBK made up the third set. They had a mashup of hits like Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, Maroon 5’s “Memories”, Wizkid’s “Ayo”, Beyonce’s “Brown Skin Girl”, among others. IBK got a No, but Gideon got a Yes and moved to the finals.
Things get even more heated by the fourth team with Fayfay Diamond and Uche facing off toWizkid’s “Energy”, Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep”, John Legend’s “Ordinary People”. Fayfay impressed the judges and got a slot in the finals, Uche went home.
Uzezi and Jesse Drums came up next and this duo left it all on the stage with their synergy, powerful voices and amazing performance. Performing Adele’s “Rollin in the Deep”, Burna Boy’s “Dangote”, Bill Withers’ “Lean On Me”. And from the smiles on their faces, the judges definitely enjoyed the performance. Uzezi got a yes.
And in a surprising move, the judges used their veto power, to get Jesse Drums to the finals. The initial number of contestants expected to move to the finals were 13. However, the judges called that the votes between Jesse Drums and Gideon were too close to call and decided to let them both to the finals, bringing the total number of finalists, to 14.
Banky W explaining the judge’s inspiration, reiterated that MTN Y’ello Star was not just about who had the highest score or who was the best singer, but rather, its focus was on empowering the contestants.
Jesse, though visually impaired, did not allow this to derail him from trying to actualize his dreams. He had come all the way from the North, to compete at the nationals and now had a shot at the finals. For these reasons and his pure energy, the judges let him into the finals.
The seven contestants that made it to the finals, out of the initial 12 were, David Garland, Gideon, Fayfay Diamond, Uzezi, Jesse Drums, Caesar and Rael. Next up, was the Opening Gala.
Big Brother Naija 2019 edition winner, Mercy Eke, has taken to social media and slammed people who slut-shame hardworking women.
The former “pepper them” housemate took to her Twitter page on Thursday and went hard on people who have formed the habit of slut-shaming hardworking women.
The reality TV star said shame on men who have sisters and mothers but still make it a habit to slut-shame hardworking women, adding that she has no words for women who partake in such stupid act.
She tweeted, ”If you have a mother and also have sisters, and you slut-shame hardworking women, shame on you. And if you are a woman and partake in such stupidity, I don’t have words for you. You all should know better.”
Popularly referred to as ‘Special Advisor to All Creatives‘, Derin ‘Dr. Caise’ Phillips is leaving no stone unturned to bring a memorable experience at the launch of his 2-day Live Course – ‘Personal Finance for Creatives’ slated for 6th -13th, 2020.
The multi-disciplinary creative who has recently rebranded himself with the release of a spanking new website, a recently launched podcast, an investment company, and coaching programs with special advisory sessions to help creatives improve their finances and productivity while providing accountability, financial management, and investment support for their creative careers and business.
In a quick statement, he enthused…
“I’m passionate about showing creatives how to pursue their artistry and have the financial freedom to live their best life. I bring my creative industry expertise and my educational background in Finance to provide a unique perspective on music, the creative economy, financial empowerment, and real estate investment. My mission is to help creatives make the work they do more sustainable. I understand what it means to be broke mentally and financially. I’m doing this because I wish someone had taught me all these principles a lot sooner. I know for certain, this course will change lives”
He explains further In the debut release of his newly launched weekly podcast – “Case Files w/ Dr. Caise“. Where he shared money insights and myths… He talked about this new wave of empowerment.
“I am going to be giving you some insight into this new phase of empowerment. I have been doing lots of research and I found out that a lot of people from construction to lawyers, doctors… etc. They pay a lot of attention to giving back to their people, they do a lot of training and empowerment that goes on in these industries. But for some reason, the creatives don’t do that and that’s what I am about. Empowering people and giving back to the industry that made me.”
The 2-day Immersive live class focuses on educating and empowering creatives on finance-related topics and practical steps to achieve financial sustainability.
Course Modules include
Day 1: Personal finance Masterclass
Levels of Financial Status
Principles of Money
Day 2: Investment Masterclass
Generating multiple streams of income
How to invest your wealth: cryptocurrency, forex, real estate, stocks, agric-tech.
Risk management and protection.
In a comment by Nigerian Actress, Multiple Award Winning Media Personality & CEO of The BRAG Media Company, Alex Okoroji, she says
“Dr. Caise is the real deal. He is an example of what a multi-disciplinary creative is. One who balances his talent and love for Art, but also believes in using his fame, influence, knowledge, and expertise to create a bigger impact in the lives of others. Many creatives were never taught financial management. Nobody groomed us on how to manage our resources, improve our income with investments, and make our money work for us. Some of us had to make multiple mistakes and learn the hard way. I think there is a place for the work, Dr. Caise does. He isn’t just another financial expert with a degree and masters in Finance…but one who blends his educational background and understands the genuine trouble spot and money challenges of every practicing creative.”
You can find out more by visiting his website. To attend the course – Register at www.DrCaise.com
About Dr. Caise
Dr. Caise, the creative formerly known as DJ Caise is an astute business leader and multiple award-winning creatives who has gained a reputation for his unique approach to helping people achieve their goals and transform their lives, through his professional experience in developing and implementing business growth strategies, engineering process optimization and operational effectiveness and championing healthy financial decision making.
He is the Founder and CEO of Wavis Investment and CM Entertainment.
He is a member of APON (Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals) in Nigeria and a Director in Pinetree group of companies.
He is also a certified life coach and an accredited member of the Life Coaching Association of Nigeria (LCAN).
Dr. Caise is the President of the United Africa Dj’s Association and founder of the ACE Creative Academy. An established DJ and pioneer of the “Gidi House” music genre.
Caise gained international recognition and accolades, paving the way for a generation of enlightened entertainers to grow as DJ’s in an underrated and under-represented Entertainment Industry sector.
The award-winning entertainer who broke into the Nigerian entertainment scene as a DJ, Producer, songwriter, and remixer fuses local and international sounds, cutting and blending to create an eclectic mix and mash that he calls Gidi House Music, pulling on everything from funky house to afrobeat, basement to R&B, old school Naija Jams, piling up the pressure on the dance-floors of the Nigerian capital and beyond, serenading audiences across Africa and on to the UK and US.
He is known for a series of hit tracks featured on his album Gidi House Mafia, and his Sounds of Ghana and Sounds of South Africa mixes. He’s appeared at the MTV Africa MusicAwards, represented Nigeria as an in-house DJ on Big Brother Africa.
He has performed at UK’s and Nigeria’s most prestigious nightclubs and entertained a variety of audiences from around the world. His unique and inventive style has enabled him to perform alongside some of the music industry’s leading artists.
To contact Dr. Caise, please email [email protected]
Nigerian music superstar and Grammy-nominated artist, Wizkid is set to headline the Livespot X-Clusive concert slated for December 19 and 20, 2020. The Nigerian global star who is fresh off a hugely successful album release will bring his magic home again during Nigeria’s first-ever hybrid live concert holding in Lagos.
Wizkid has won over 20 awards in a career spanning a decade. Amassing fans across Africa, Europe, America, and across the world, he has scored over 800million streams on youtube, Apple Music, Spotify, and Deezer combined. He has been described as a rising star by Billboard, one of the world’s most authoritative music voices.
The singer and songwriter assured that music lovers and fans watching online and offline will be treated to his best-performance yet. The physical events will feature limited seating in line with COVID-19 restrictions. Tickets and access to the Livestream will, however, be made available via Livespot Nation.
“This year has been tough on everybody, but we all recorded some wins in one way or another,” the artist said. “I want my fans to experience the best live concert in recent memory, and I’m looking forward to making that a reality,” he continued.
With no other major concert to look forward to this December, fans have a lot to expect from Livespot X-Clusive. The concert will also feature other music superstars like Dare Art Alade aka Darey, Yemi Alade and Simi as co-headliners.
The event which will be the first-ever live hybrid concert in Nigeria will host a select few physically at Eko Hotel and the rest of the world will get a chance to stream the concert live on Livespot Nation.
Deola Art Alade, CEO, Livespot360, producers of Livespot X-Clusive says, “The event is going to be a fusion of incredible live performances; music, festival quality sound, impressive lighting, special acts, and immersive experiences, all rolled into one high-octane event which promises to deliver an unprecedented level of quality which Livespot360 is known for. We’re very excited and grateful for the opportunity to keep bringing Nigerians the very best of entertainment.”
Livespot360 is the brain behind some of Nigeria’s most iconic entertainment events in recent times, including Livespot X Festival with Cardi B, Love Like A Movie with Ciara and Kim Kardashian and BAFEST, to name a few.
This event marks the second event Livespot360’s entertainment division Livespot X will be producing and the first event Multi-platinum Afro-soul star Darey will be performing at in five years.
Darey shares his excitement for the event saying, “The ‘X’ in Livespot X-clusive like the X in Livespot X Festival is a dynamic variable that takes up different forms, shapes and expressions year on year. It is an evolving hybrid of unique experiences designed to meet and exceed the entertainment cravings of Nigerians and Africans. And for me, this particular event is all the more special. I get to perform songs from my newest EP Way Home and I also get to share the stage with queens like Yemi Alade and Simi and superstars like Wizkid and Patoranking. It will definitely be an unforgettable experience.”
Livespot X-Clusive is a brainchild of Livespot360, a creative collective of the digital era, unified by a passion for developing disruptive ideas. Combining digital marketing, experiential marketing, advertising, education and entertainment for the Nigerian audience, the company’s mantra is to constantly set the bar in quality and performance.