It’s no longer news that the highly anticipated talent hunt show, Nigerian Idol, is back, bigger and better, but contrary to the
promise made last Wednesday November 19 by Optima Media Group (OMG), the executive producers of the dubbed most watched music reality TV show, that there would not be any change of cast for the third edition, the latest scoop is that, Charly Boy is on his way out!
Whoops! This is not unconnected to the gist making the rounds that the controversial showbiz impresario otherwise known as Area FADA, has turned Oliver twist. Charly Boy is alleged to be demanding for the whooping sum of 30 million naira before he could enter the race in search for the next Nigerian Idol.
It would be recall that CB as he’s fondly called was not at the media launch of the Nigerian Idol season 3 with the theme “Voice of Tomorrow”, which was held last week. This actually raised speculations over Charly Boy’s return to the judges’ seat.
A bird in the know squealed that meetings between Charly Boy and the producers of Nigerian Idol had severally ended in deadlock as the former had insisted on pay rise.
However, as many are anxiously waiting to see the madness Charly Boy would bring to the fore as auditions for season three of Nigerian Idol hit different states of federation soon, Optima Media Group may be forced to look for possible replacement of Charly Boy.
While the information at my disposal has it that talk is still ongoing to have Charly Boy for the third season of Nigerian Idol, it’s unarguable that his controversial lifestyle, antics, craze and creativity as judge, earned Nigeria’s version of the world’s biggest reality TV show, more viewership last season.
However, as Nigerian Idol is set to storm the cities of Lagos, Abuja, Owerri, PortHarcourt, and Benin in search of Nigeria’s biggest but undiscovered talent, lead sponsor for this year’s season remains Etisalat Nigeria; Associate sponsors are leading beverage brand, Pepsi.