Nigerian Idol in Troubled Waters!

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2010 was actually a good year when Nigeria Idol hit the airwaves and in 2011, Optima Media Group (OMG), the executive producers of the dubbed most watched music reality TV show, upped the ante with the inclusion of showbiz maverick, Charly Boy, as one of the judges.

Aside the emerging fact that the production team gave Nigerian Idol the needed face last year, it’s no doubt that CharlyBoy’s controversial lifestyle, antics, craze and creativity as judge, earned Nigeria’s version of the world’s biggest read lity TV show, more viewership last season. Interestingly, CB as he’s fondly called was gathered to have pocketed 18 million Naira for the dramas which he exhibited during the last season.

However, it’s no longer news that Optima Media Group has dumped CharlyBoy for Femi Kuti as auditions for season three of Nigerian Idol begin. The latest gist making the rounds has it that Nigerian Idol is in trouble waters!

Apart from CharlyBoy who quitted over fee, South Africans Lilias and Peters, the husband and wife who led the production team of last season have parted ways with OMG, the producers of Nigerian Idol. While some old crew have also left, Jeffrey Daniel and Yinka Davis, the two judges from the first and second season, are yet to have their contract papers signed and SE also got the hint that, if conditions remained tense as it is, Jeffrey may be on his way out of Nigerian Idol!

Besides the departure of capable hands, a bird in the know squealed that the once sweet romance between some top executives of Etisalat and OMG has gone sour, as they are said to be wondering whether the fund released for the productions is being used judiciously.

Although, SE reliably gathered that OMG is rooting for in-house production crew for the new season of Nigerian Idol that will hit the silver screen next year, things seem to be going awry the in producer’s plan.


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