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Entertainment
Idols West Africa Enters Phase Two 2/13/2007
Seventy-eight contestants have emerged from auditions thus far for Phase two of Idols West Africa: 47 from Lagos, 12 from Abuja, nine from Accra and 10 from Calabar.

People travelled from different parts of Nigeria to the Cultural Centre in Calabar to participate in the last phase of auditions for the Idols West Africa regional selections, after successful exercises in Lagos, Abuja and Accra.

The judges mention they have seen youngsters with notable music aptitude and plenty of comedians disguised as artistes, out of which a West African Idol that will move and shake the world will surely emerge.

Judge and popular radio DJ Dan Foster says the game has just begun, yet he acknowledged that he has seen musical whizz kids who are sellable, marketable and can compete on the world stage.

He believes it’s too early to guess the region where the winner will come from. Dede Mabiaku, ‘The Critical One’, says “Lagos had the best voices so far”.

Idols judge, Dede Mabiaku is a legend in Nigeria and is ensuring that Afrobeat stays alive with his own (mostly unreleased) material and his rhythmically tight tributes to his mentor Fela.

Living the high life, Dede has African music in his blood and provides unparalleled – and often abrasive – critiques of the Idols wannabes. Check out just how abrasive he can be when Idols West Africa premieres.

For Abrewa Nana, the Idols’ show is full of surprises. She notes, “You are likely to see some wonderful acts when we get to Planet One from those who didn’t do that well earlier, but who showed raw promise.”

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