Last week’s result show of the Glo X-Factor singing competition kicked off with a lot of frayed nerves and nervous laughter. As usual, we all knew someone had to go home, but we didn’t want it to be our favourite contestants.
The sensational host of the show, Toolz, came on the stage in a lovely black ankle-length dress with a glittering silver belt on her generous waist.
When she asked what the judges felt about the performances last week, Reggie Rockstone said, “I think they did great. Judging from reaction on Twitter, people think they did well. They put in work. Symphony is still in the house.”
Onyeka, on her part, said, “I’ll like to talk about my children: Ankara Boi, Eshum and Vicky; the level of artistry they’ve displayed has been mind-blowing. You can take them anywhere in the world and they will perform; they have impressed me immeasurably.
Turning to MI, Toolz asked, “Who has underwhelmed you in the house?”
MI responded, “We’ve gotten rid of those people a long time ago. The final nine are really good, and I’m terrified everytime I come here because I don’t know who’s going home.”
Just as the audience were itching to know which of the contestants were up for elimination, Toolz announced a pleasant surprise that Waje would be performing, and the news was received with squeals of delight.
The diva sashayed on stage in a black top and shimmering purple knee-length skirt as she took her place in front of the microphone. She rendered an inspirational song off her W.A.J.E album, and the crowd just floated away with her as she sang.
Immediately after Waje’s performance, the seven contestants were called on stage, and in a show of solidarity, they all held hands as they took their positions. As they waited for the results, it was obvious they were nervous. Some of them smiled akwardly while others put their arms akinbo, afraid even to breathe too hard.
As Toolz collected the green envelope containing the results, from the representative of Alexander Forbes, a girl in the audience closed her eyes and said to her friend, “I can’t watch this. My favourite contestant must not leave this competition otherwise, I’ll faint here.”
Knowing that the tension in the studio was high and playing on it a little, Toolz lingered for a few moments before reading out the content of the card.
She revealed that Ankara Boi and Symphony were the two contestants voted by Africa to face the judges for survival.
“What? Ankara Boi? No way,” a member of the Dream Studio audience said.
Another quipped, “I think Symphony did a good job last week, but well,the voter is king. Now, the contestants have to sing for survival.”
Symphony, who were up for elimination for the second time, took to the microphone first as they performed “I don’t wanna close my eyes.” It was evident the ‘boy group’ still wanted to remain in the house as they gave their all to the performance. After the performance, which was appreciated with resounding applause, Toolz said to them, “You gave 120%”
“Yes, we want to stay!” the boys chorused, slightly out of breath.
For his survival performance, Ankara Boi, ditched his gangster coat and came on stage barefoot to render “Gotham City.” He invested all his strength and energy into the performance, and as his eyes misted over, it was apparent that he didn’t expect to be up for eviction.
Midway into his performance however, the contestant couldn’t take it anymore as he broke down in tears and the audience ‘oohed’ and ‘aahed’ at his display of emotion.
“I put in a lot of emotions,” he told Toolz as tears dropped unabashedly down his cheeks.
When it was time for the judges’ verdict, Onyeka said, “Ankara Boi has been consistent. He knows how to express his inner child. He has empathy and he brings it to every song. I’ll like to see him go to the next gala show.”
Reggie said, “Like in all things I do, I like to thank God for been there; can I get an African amen. My boys, Symphony, have been through a lot and they’re still here. I’ll go with them.”
Thus, it lay on MI to cast the deciding vote and everybody was eager to hear what he would say. He said, “I’ve not been a huge fan of Symphony. I’m a bigger fan of Ankara Boi, but tonight, I think Symphony was eager to go to the next stage. However, Ankara Boi came in looking defeated already. I think Ankara Boi is more talented, but because of their courage, I’ll go with Symphony Boys.” With that verdict, Ankara Boi’s fate was sealed.
He came back for his last performance in a white tuxedo that had the females preening for him with some even standing up to applaud him.
His final performance on the X-Factor stage was however interrupted by his tears as it dawned on him that he was really out of the race for the N24M prize money. Other contestants came back on stage to join him as he poured his heart out. They turned to impromptu back-up singers to assist their colleague when his voice was too shaken to project out of the microphone.
Onyeka could not hide her emotions as she said to him, “It’s not over yet; you’ve made an impact. You have a great career ahead of you.”
To show that he haboured no ill- feelings against the judges, even the ones who voted him off, Ankara Boi exit the stage with the following words directed at the judges, “I love you all.”
Speaking with our correspondent after the show, he confessed, “I really wanted to win and I’m sad to be going home. But it was a wonderful oppourtunity, and I can assure you that you’ll be hearing a lot from me. I’m going to miss the contestants and the judges, most especially my mummy, Onyeka.”