MTN Y’ello Star: 14 talents make the Hub as season heats up




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A total 14 contestants have secured spots the Y’ello Star Hub as the heats up.

After the first seven contestants secured a spot in the hub, seven contestants secured spots make 14 talents currently in the Y’ello Star Hub.

Contrary the initially announced 13 spots in the Y’ello Star Hub, the judging trio Omawumi, Banky W, and Olisa Adibua made a surprise selection bringing the number finalists 14.

Rakel and Innocent were the first pair to grace the stage for the sing-off to secure a spot in the Y’ello Star hub. They performed a blend popular songs. Afterward, the duo of Caesar and Rael took to the stage and impressed guest judge Olisa Adibua who rated performance highly. The pair of Gideon and IBK was applauded by Banky W for synergy in delivering song mashup. Before carrying with other performances, the judges had a little chit chat about music distribution, sharing opinions about what drives virality. They reached a consensus all music distribution channels play a role, from radio, visuals, and social media.

After three pairs of contestants performed for the night, all 12 contestants were invited individually to the stage for a verdict. The MTN Y’ello Star team has added some colour to how verdict are passed, designing doors which light up based the judges’ decision. David, Rael, Caesar, Uzezi, Fay Fay, and Gideon all received a nod and walked the ‘Yes’ door. A highlight of Saturday’s show featured the judges using veto power to select a 14th contestant, Jesse Drumz, the visually impaired singer who had wowed everyone right from audition days.

Sunday’s opening gala kicked off with a performance by the 14 contestants who performed the Y’ello star theme song, after which the hosts, Tobi Bakre and Hilda Baci officially welcomed everyone to the Y’ello Star Hub.

The Nation