The 135 contestants in the Boot Camp of X Factor, the singing reality TV show sponsored by Globacom, are currently facing a hard task of satisfying the judges for a place in the next stage.

The judges’ tasks for the 135 singers who made it from the auditions in Nigeria and Ghana were part of measures to reduce the number of those moving into the next round.

After scaling the tasks set by two of the judges, Onyeka Onwenu and Reggie Rockstone, the lucky contestants are battling to impress the third judge, rapper MI, who gave them the unenviable job of singing one of 5 songs he said he despised the most.

While Onyeka asked them to sing one of five selected love songs to impress her, Rockstone gave the contestants only one hour to learn to sing and dance and come back to the stage to perform ‘song and dance’ at the same time. For those who impressed the two judges, they now face a bigger challenge of scaling the hurdle put in their way by MI.

“It is self-belief, focus and drive that have brought me this far. There are five songs I absolutely hate. I despise the songs and I don’t want to hear them in my life”, he told the contestants. “Your task is to learn one of those songs and come and try not to irritate me. I will bury my head on my table. If I look up, it means you have got my attention, if I don’t, it means you have failed the task,” he concluded.

As the contestants left the stage to begin the assignment, they wondered aloud, “how do we sing a song which MI despises in a way that he will like the song?”

Viewers will know who cracked MI’s puzzle in the next broadcast of the show over this weekend.

The programme is broadcast on Saturday on AIT and Soundcity at 7.00 p.m., and on STV and V Channel at 8.00 p.m. Viewers can also watch the show on Sunday on NTA at 5.00 p.m., WAP TV at 6.00 p.m., ONTV and Real TV at 7.00 p.m. as well as on TVC at 8.30 p.m. and Kennis Music at 9.30 p.m.

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