Kingdom Krosiede, from Nigeria’s Bayelsa State, has been declared the winner of the sixth season of singing competition show Nigerian Idol.
The series, based on the much-travelled Idols format that is distributed via RTL-owned Fremantle, entered its sixth run in Nigeria in March, with 11 contestants in the running for the grand prize and other consolation prizes.
For his win, Krosiede received a cash prize of N30m (US$73,000), a new SUV, a recording deal, a deal for three music videos, an all-expenses-paid trip to the Seychelles, a weekend getaway to Dubai for two, a range of Tecno products, a Bigi-branded refrigerator and a year’s supply of Bigi drinks, and a DSTV Explora premium subscription for 12 months.
Krosiede said: “Thank you all so much for the support and love. It’s a whole lot being the winner of something. This decision which you took to make me your idol wouldn’t be in vain. Thank you Africa, thank you Nigeria, thank you Bayelsa, thank you Port Harcourt.”
The show’s producers added on Instagram: “We wish Kingdom all the best as he begins his new life as Naija’s newest idol.”
Nigerian Idol airs on various MultiChoice channels, including Africa Magic.
Musical reality show Nigerian Idol has revealed the top 11 contestants who will compete for a chance to win this year’s sixth season.
The top contestants out of 68 chosen by judges Seyi Shay, DJ Sose and Obi Asika are: Faith Mark, Akunna Okey, Daniel Ikechi, Dotun Deloye, Clinton Francis, Emmanuel Elijah, Comfort Alalade, Faith Jason, Beyonce Ajomiwe, Kingdom Kroseide and Faith Onyeje.
Announcing the news on Instagram, MultiChoice-owned TV platform DStv said: “Your TV screen is about to be lit! Meet your Nigerian Idol top 11. Who will you vote for?”
The show is sponsored by Bigi Drinks and Tecno Mobile and will launch on May 9 on Africa Magic Showcase (DStv channel 151), Africa Magic Urban (DStv channel 153) and Africa Magic Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2) from 19.00.
Music reality show Nigerian Idol, the local version of the internationally successful talent show format from Fremantle, will return for a sixth season following five years off air.
The series will air via MultiChoice Nigeria, whose CEO, John Ugbe, said: “Nigeria is at the heart of music excellence and we are excited to announce that Nigerian Idol is officially back, starting with the online auditions.
“For us at MultiChoice, it has always been about talent development and giving our subscribers superior content that they can relate to and engage with. Idols is one show with a track record of producing the most popular music idols around the world, and we are happy to bring season six of Nigerian Idol to your screens.”
Online auditions for the new season have commenced and will close on December 13. Interested persons between the age of 16 and 30 should record a 30-second video singing any song and upload the video here.
Winners from previous seasons include Onyekachi Elizabeth Gilbert Onwuka, Mercy Chinwo, Moses Obi Adigwe, Evelle and K-Peace. Over the years, the show has produced Nigerian stars such as Timi Dakolo and Omawumi.