Star Quest Episode 7: 36 qualifiers for fameland emerge
By Our reporter
Monday, April 09,  2012

So the battle continues, the battle for the 36 slots in Star Fameland. Fifty-five of the most musically talented individuals in the country: vocalists, rappers pianists, drummers and others, have gathered on one platform to do musical battle. It’s every man for himself. Today, dreams will be dashed. At the same time, dreams will come true. The fate of the 55 will be decided by the trio of celebrity judges: KC, Waje and Paul ‘Play.’

Understandably, the moment proved to be a bit too much for some of them. There were fluffed lines, missed beats, voicing caving in and so on. But that did not distract from the beauty of the night. Indeed, the aspirants deserve much credit for their display. In spite of the tensed atmosphere, they still gave their best. Pianist Sunday Igwe, one of the hopefuls, would surely be glad to see crooner J-Martins, who was seated amongst the audience, applauding his brilliant reproduction of J-Martins’ hit song, Oyoyo on the keyboard. Even if he does not make the final cut, Igwe may well take consolation in the J-Martins endorsement.

Female rapper, Chima Nkiruka Stessi was another one of the individuals, who impressed. She didn’t exactly stand out during the regional auditions but, since then, she seemed to have gone back to the drawing board, if her punchy lines are anything to go by. No wonder she got three thumps-up from the three judges.

Then, there was Romeo Ukwudike. Remember him? The same rapper who got two hugs from KC and Paul ‘Play’ and the pleasure of pecking Waje during the Lagos regional auditions. With wads of dough sticking out of the pocket of his tight jeans, Romeo showed that he would surely be an act to watch out for should he make it through to Fameland. As for lead guitarist, Akinola Olutola David, he did a good job of resurrecting the late Jimi Hendrix from the dead with his masterful display on the guitar.

Then the final act to cap the show. Delta State-born Edafe Su-ply Moore, turned out to be the very last of the aspirants to perform. He came in as Edafe and metamorphosed into R. Kelly during his performance. And it wasn’t just because he was doing R. Kelly’s love song, ‘When A Woman Loves,’ it was because he totally nailed the song. Truth be told, Edafe Su-ply simply supplied reasons why he deserved to be amongst the final 36.

Then it was decision time: Time for the judges to decide who was in and who was out. It didn’t help that show anchor, Gideon chose that moment to keep the audience on the edge of their seats with tension. Eventually the qualifiers emerged; 35 at first. Nkiruka Chima, Ugudike Romeo, Elizabeth Afolayan, Vivian Aluebho, Igiehon Uyimwen, Oghenetega Apochi, Amaka Nwoke, Ewoma Egedi, Chris Aba, Nkem Alfred, Edafe Supply More, Omuovwakpor Aghomise, Chijioke Frederick, Ezeichina Nnam, Oluwole Omotosho, Bamidele Fatola, Francis Igwe and Udonwa Ogbujah.

Others were: Daniel Onibudo, Isaac Yusuff, Chinemerem Otti, Michael Asuquo, David Akinnola, Emmanuel Willy, Chukwudi Okafor, Michael leramo, Olayemi Obamuwasan, Edim Inyang, Uvietobore Eguh, Omo Ehigiator, Samuel Aramogho and Alfred Ayokanmi.

The last set of qualifiers were: Stanley Ogbebor, Osigbeme Oghenakhogioe and Theophilus Otevwogbiku. Naomi Oboyi got a wild card to make the number 36. Thus, the 36 qualifiers for Star Quest 2012 Fameland emerged.
There were winners, just as there were also losers on the night. But KC’s parting words to the 55 performers on the night was surely appropriate: “God bless all of you.”

The fun and excitement continues on Star Quest TV broadcast on the following stations: Superscreen, ON TV, Nigezie and Africa Magic on DSTV by 10pm; TV Continental by 10.45 and STV and AIT by 11pm.

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