After almost four months of emotional performances and heartbreaking evictions, the voice Nigeria season 2 has finally come to an end with Idyl from team Timi emerging winner.
The Voice Nigeria which is the Nigerian version of the TV series The Voice first premiered on Africa Magic television channels Showcase and Urban on DStv in Nigeria on 10 April 2016, sponsored by Airtel and Coca-Cola.
Since its launch in 2016, The Voice Nigeria has won audiences in countries like the US, Australia, South Africa and the UK. In the first season, A’rese of #teamwaje emerged victorious, winning the grand prize of an SUV and a recording contract with Universal Music.
The show starts with the Blind Auditions. In this stage, the coaches, who are all noteworthy performing artists, have their chairs faced away from the stage as the contestant sings.
The coaches have the duration of the contestant’s 90 seconds performance to decide whether they want the contestant on their team and turn. If one coach turns, the contestant defaults to that coach but if more than one coach turns, the contestant has to choose who he/she wants to work with.
At the end of the blind auditions, each coach will have twelve contestants each on their teams.
After the blind audition comes the battle rounds stage. At this stage, the coaches pair their talents in twos and give each pair a song to perform. After the performance, the coach chooses one to advance while the other goes home, or is stolen by another coach.
Each coach has two steals. The coaches advance with eight talents each at the end of the battle rounds.
After the battle rounds come the Live Shows. At this stage, each of the talents performs a song given by their coach, and the coach saves one out of every four talents while the rest are left to public votes. Public votes save one talent out of each team every week while the rest are evicted.
The coaches for The Voice Nigeria are usually 4. For the Season II (2017 edition) the coaches were Timi Dakolo, Waje, Patoranking, and Yemi Alade. Yemi Alade replaced first season judge 2baba (Tuface).
The coaches base their judgements on various parameters including technical ability, flexibility and the ability to handle and memorably perform any song choice they are faced with.
Nigerian presenter IK Osakioduwa and on-air TV personality Stephanie Coker have been the presenters for M-Net/Africa Magic’s music talent show.
As host, IK works his effortless magic to connect the contestants and coaches with the audience, while Stephanie’s infectious energy has helped spark up social media engagement.
The duo have been fantastic at their job these two seasons.
The contestants are usually 48 in number, 12 for each coach. The talents are then cut from 32 to 16 to 12 to 8 of them who qualify for the finals. From the Top 8, the winner and runner-up are decided by the public votes.
The Voice Nigeria Winners
So far, The Voice Nigeria has run successfully for two years, producing two winners.
In the first season, which was the maiden edition of music reality show, Agharese Emokpae, popularly known as A’rese, emerged winner of the competition which started with 47 contestants, after beating the last eight contestants. She was coached by Waje.
She was awarded a recording contract, an SUV worth N7 million and a 4-night all-expense paid ticket to Abu Dhabi, courtesy Etihad Airways.
Season II winner of the talent show was Timi Dakolo’s protege, Daniel Diongoli, who goes by the stage name Idyl. The 22-year-old Bayelsa native emerged winner after weeks of battling with other 47 contestants.
Idyl also walked away with a recording contract, an SUV worth N7 million and a 4-night trip to Dubai.
In an interview after he emerged the winner, Idyl surprised everyone when he said his friends pushed him to register for the auditions. He said:
“It was not really my idea to audition for the voice; my friends pushed me into doing it. When I was registering, I did not think I was going to win because I had auditioned for several reality television shows before I became the winner of The Voice Nigeria. I auditioned for Project Fame from Season Five to Nine.
“I went for Nigerian Idols auditions from Season Three to Five. I went for X-Factor as well. I have gone for so many auditions. Whenever I went for auditions, the judges would tell me that I was good but not yet ripe for the stage. Some would tell me I am good and I would go back home expecting their calls but they never reached out to me.”