Nigerian Idol Season 7

Nigerian Idol Season 7 is taking place in 2022, it is being hosted by IK Osakioduwa, the judges are Obi Asika, Simi and D’banj.

Nigerian Idol Season 7 Judges; D'banj, Obi Asika & Simi and Host IK Osakioduwa.
Nigerian Idol Season 7 judges, D’banj, Obi Asika, Simi and host IK Osakioduwa.

On Tuesday 18 January 2022, the judges and host for season 7 were officially revealed.

Two new judges, D’banj and Simi were added to the judging panel replacing Seyi Shay and DJ Sose, meanwhile, IK Osakioduwa remained as the host.

Season Summary

Hosted by:IK Osakioduwa
Judges:Obi Asika, Simi and D’banj
Theme:
Winner:
Runner-up:
Original Network:DStv and GOtv
Start date:Sunday 6 February 2022
End date:
Sponsors:Bigi Drinks and Binance
Number of episodes:12

Prize Money

The Nigerian Idol season 7 prize money is 100 Million Naira worth of prizes, these include; a cash prize, a recording deal, a brand new SUV and other alluring prizes from the headline sponsor, Bigi Drinks.

Auditions

EpisodeDateGuest JudgeGolden Tickets
1Sunday 6 February 2022N/A13
2Sunday 13 February 2022Toolz15
3Sunday 20 February 2022Omawumi16
4Sunday 27 February 2022Yinka Davies

Theatre Week


Top 12

The Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 12 contestants were revealed in episode 6 on Sunday 13 March 2022.

Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 12 Contestants group photo.
Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 12 Contestants.

Below are the Nigerian Idol season 7 Top 12 contestants, their age (at time of contest) and hometowns;

NOTE: The contestants’ ages stated in the below table are correct at the time of the contest

ContestantAgeGenderHometown
Abigail Okara28FemaleBayelsa state
Banty Temiwunmi26FemaleWarri
David Operah30MaleLagos
Debby Felix25FemaleBenin City
Faith Afiemo22FemaleDelta state
Gerald Ifechi28MaleAnambra state
Itohan Agbator17FemaleEdo state
Joel Adiele23MaleAbia state
Jordan Bangoji22MaleKaduna state
Precious Oki25FemaleBayelsa state
Progress Chukwuyem21MaleIka South, Delta state
Zadok Aghalengbe27MaleEdo state

Meet and Greet

On Thursday 17 March 2022, the Season 7 Top 12 contestants were in Port Harcourt on The Beat FM radio station at 12:00 for a group interview, they later had a physical meet and greet with their fans at Port Harcourt Mall at 16:00.

Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 12 contestants in Port Harcourt.
Some of the Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 12 contestants after arriving at Port Harcourt International Airport on Thursday 17 March 2022 in the morning hours.

Top 12 Live Show

The Top 12 performed live in episode 7 on Sunday 20 March 2022. Their song choices had been announced a day before, on Saturday 19 March 2022.

Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 12 Contestants on Sunday 20 March 2022.
Season 7 Top 12 Contestants pictured on Sunday 20 March 2022.
ContestantSong ChoiceResult
Abigail“Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana GrandeAdvanced
Banty“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed SheeranAdvanced
David Operah“Before You Go” by Lewis CapaldiAdvanced
Debby“Monalisa” by Lojay and SarzAdvanced
Faith“Drivers License” by Olivia RodrigoAdvanced
Gerald“Leave The Door Open” by Silk SonicAdvanced
Itohan“Shallow” Lady Gaga and Bradley CooperAdvanced
Joel“Easy On Me” by AdeleEliminated
Jordan“Rolling In The Deep” by AdeleAdvanced
Precious“Felony” by CKayEliminated
Progress“Heartbreak Anniversary” by GiveonAdvanced
Zadok“Perfect” by Ed SheeranAdvanced

Top 10

The Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 10 contestants were revealed in episode 8 on Sunday 27 March 2022, they also performed live on the same day. Their song choice had been officially revealed on Thursday 24 March 2022.

Nigerian Idol 2022 (Season 7) Top 10 contestants.
Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 10 contestants.

Theme: “African music at its finest”

ContestantSong ChoiceResult
Abigail“Emergency” by D’banjAdvanced
Banty“Aye” by DavidoAdvanced
David Operah“Street Credibility” by 9ice featuring 2BabaAdvanced
Debby“Vulindlela” by Brenda FassieAdvanced
Faith“Never Far Away” by Lagbaja featuring Ego IhenachoAdvanced
Gerald“Ifunanya” by P-SquareEliminated
Itohan“If You Ask Me” by OmawumiAdvanced
Joel“African Queen” by 2BabaAdvanced
Jordan“Ye” by Burna BoyAdvanced
Precious“He Lives In You” by Lebo M.Advanced
Progress“Joy” by WizkidAdvanced
Zadok“The Matter” by Maleek Berry featuring WizkidAdvanced

Top 9

The Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 9 contestants were revealed in episode 9 on Sunday 3 April 2022, each of them then performed a live song.

Nigerian Idol 2022 (Season 7) Top 9 Contestants
Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 9 Contestants.

Theme: “Inspirational songs”

Guests: 121 Selah choir (They gave choral backing to the Top 9 contestants)

Group Performance: Top 10 contestants and 121 Selah performed “Stand Up” by Cynthia Erivo

ContestantSong ChoiceResult
Jordan“You Say” by Lauren DaigleAdvanced
Progress“Uncle Suru” by Jon OgahAdvanced
Itohan“Can’t Give Up Now” by Mary MaryAdvanced
Abigail“Higher Love” by Whitney HoustonEliminated
Zadok“Wish Me Well” by Timi DakoloAdvanced
David Operah“Dance with My Father” by Luther VandrossAdvanced
Debby“Happy” by Pharrell WilliamsAdvanced
Faith“Next to Me” by Emeli SandéAdvanced
Banty“Lean on Me” by Bill WithersAdvanced

Top 8

The Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 8 contestants were revealed in episode 10 on Sunday 10 April 2022, they then went ahead to perform live on this same day.

Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 8 Contestants
Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 8 contestants with the host, IK and judges D’banj, Simi and Obi Asika.

Theme: “Greatest soundtrack of their lives / This Is Me”

Guest Judge: Yinka Davies

ContestantSong ChoiceResult
David Operah“Great Nation” by Timi DakoloAdvanced
Itohan“I Look to You” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced
Zadok“Soul Provider” by Michael BoltonAdvanced
Banty“Greatest Love of All” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced
Faith“Charlie” by SimiAdvanced
Jordan“This Is Me” by The Greatest Showman CastAdvanced
Debby“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine DionEliminated
Progress“I Need an Angel” by Ruben StuddardAdvanced
Nigerian Idol Season 7 Judges; Obi Asika, Simi, D'banj and guest judge, Yinka Davies at the Top 8 Reveal live show.
Judges; Obi Asika, Simi, D’banj and guest judge, Yinka Davies at the Top 8 reveal live show.

Top 7

The Top 7 contestants of Nigerian Idol season 7 were revealed in episode 11 on Sunday 17 April 2022, they then performed live on this same day.

Theme: “Showstopper”

Guest Judge: Ice Prince

Guest Performers: Kaffy & The Imagneto dance crew

ContestantSong ChoiceResult
David Operah“Wonderful” by Burna BoyEliminated
Banty“Finesse (Remix)” by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi BAdvanced
Zadok“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney HoustonAdvanced
Progress“Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki MinajAdvanced
Jordan“Titanium” by David Guetta featuring SiaAdvanced
Faith“Koroba” by Tiwa SavageAdvanced
Itohan“Only Girl (In the World)” by RihannaAdvanced
IK, Ice Prince (guest judge), Simi, Kaffi (from The Imagneto dance crew), Obi Asika and D'banj at the Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 7 Reveal
IK (Nigerian Idol host), Ice Prince (guest judge), Simi, Kaffi (from The Imagneto dance crew), Obi Asika and D’banj at the Top 7 reveal live show.

Top 6

The Top 6 contestants were revealed in episode 12 on Sunday 24 April 2022, they then performed live on this same day.

Theme: “Afrobeats”

Guest Judge:

Guest Performers: Kingdom and Akunna

ContestantSong ChoiceResult
Jordan“Anybody” by Burna Boy
Banty“Love Don’t Cost a Dime” by Magixx featuring Ayra Starr
Itohan“Na Gode” by Yemi Alade featuring Selebobo
Zadok“Laye” by Kizz Daniel
Faith“Emiliana” by CKay
Progress“Bloody Samaritan” by Ayra Starr

Top 5

The Top 5 contestants were revealed in episode 13 on Sunday 1 May 2022, they then performed live on this same day.

Theme: “”

ContestantSong choiceResult

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When will Nigerian Idol season 7 end?

    Nigerian Idol season 7 will end on Sunday 29 May 2022, and the winner will be rewarded with various prizes worth a whooping 100 Million Naira.

  • Who is the youngest Nigerian Idol season 7 finalist?

    17-year-old Itohan Agbator from Port Harcourt is the youngest contestant among Nigerian Idol season 7 Top 12 finalists.


References

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