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.
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.
|Hosted by:||IK Osakioduwa|
|Judges:||Obi Asika, Simi and D’banj|
|Original Network:||DStv and GOtv|
|Start date:||Sunday 6 February 2022|
|Sponsors:||Bigi Drinks and Binance|
|Number of episodes:||12|
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.
|Episode||Date||Guest Judge||Golden Tickets|
|1||Sunday 6 February 2022||N/A||13|
|2||Sunday 13 February 2022||Toolz||15|
|3||Sunday 20 February 2022||Omawumi||16|
|4||Sunday 27 February 2022||Yinka Davies|
Nigerian Idol season 7 Top 12 contestants were revealed in episode 6 on Sunday 13 March 2022.
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 contest
|Progress||21||Male||Ika South, Delta state|
Main Article: Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 12 Contestants
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.
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.
|Abigail||“Rain On Me” by Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande||Advanced|
|Banty||“Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran||Advanced|
|David Operah||“Before You Go” by Lewis Capaldi||Advanced|
|Debby||“Monalisa” by Lojay and Sarz||Advanced|
|Faith||“Drivers License” by Olivia Rodrigo||Advanced|
|Gerald||“Leave The Door Open” by Silk Sonic||Advanced|
|Itohan||“Shallow” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper||Advanced|
|Joel||“Easy On Me” by Adele||Eliminated|
|Jordan||“Rolling In The Deep” by Adele||Advanced|
|Precious||“Felony” by CKay||Eliminated|
|Progress||“Heartbreak Anniversary” by Giveon||Advanced|
|Zadok||“Perfect” by Ed Sheeran||Advanced|
Theme: “African music at its finest”
|Abigail||“Emergency” by D’banj||Advanced|
|Banty||“Aye” by Davido||Advanced|
|David Operah||“Street Credibility” by 9ice featuring 2Baba||Advanced|
|Debby||“Vulindlela” by Brenda Fassie||Advanced|
|Faith||“Never Far Away” by Lagbaja featuring Ego Ihenacho||Advanced|
|Gerald||“Ifunanya” by P-Square||Eliminated|
|Itohan||“If You Ask Me” by Omawumi||Advanced|
|Joel||“African Queen” by 2Baba||Advanced|
|Jordan||“Ye” by Burna Boy||Advanced|
|Precious||“He Lives In You” by Lebo M.||Advanced|
|Progress||“Joy” by Wizkid||Advanced|
|Zadok||“The Matter” by Maleek Berry featuring Wizkid||Advanced|
Main Article: Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 10 Contestants
The Top 9 contestants were revealed in episode 9 on Sunday 3 April 2022, each of them then performed a live song.
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
|Jordan||“You Say” by Lauren Daigle||Advanced|
|Progress||“Uncle Suru” by Jon Ogah||Advanced|
|Itohan||“Can’t Give Up Now” by Mary Mary||Advanced|
|Abigail||“Higher Love” by Whitney Houston||Eliminated|
|Zadok||“Wish Me Well” by Timi Dakolo||Advanced|
|David Operah||“Dance with My Father” by Luther Vandross||Advanced|
|Debby||“Happy” by Pharrell Williams||Advanced|
|Faith||“Next to Me” by Emeli Sandé||Advanced|
|Banty||“Lean on Me” by Bill Withers||Advanced|
Main Article: Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 9 Contestants
The Top 8 contestants of Nigerian Idol season 7 were revealed in episode 10 on Sunday 10 April 2022, they then went ahead to perform live on this same day.
Theme: “Greatest soundtrack of their lives / This Is Me”
Guest Judge: Yinka Davies
|David Operah||“Great Nation” by Timi Dakolo||Advanced|
|Itohan||“I Look to You” by Whitney Houston||Advanced|
|Zadok||“Soul Provider” by Michael Bolton||Advanced|
|Banty||“Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston||Advanced|
|Faith||“Charlie” by Simi||Advanced|
|Jordan||“This Is Me” by The Greatest Showman Cast||Advanced|
|Debby||“My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion||Eliminated|
|Progress||“I Need an Angel” by Ruben Studdard||Advanced|
Main Article: Nigerian Idol Season 7 Top 8 Contestants
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.
Guest Judge: Ice Prince
Guest Performers: Kaffy & The Imagneto dance crew
|David Operah||“Wonderful” by Burna Boy||Eliminated|
|Banty||“Finesse (Remix)” by Bruno Mars featuring Cardi B||Advanced|
|Zadok||“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” by Whitney Houston||Advanced|
|Progress||“Bang Bang” by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj||Advanced|
|Jordan||“Titanium” by David Guetta featuring Sia||Advanced|
|Faith||“Koroba” by Tiwa Savage||Advanced|
|Itohan||“Only Girl (In the World)” by Rihanna||Advanced|
The Top 6 contestants were revealed in episode 12 on Sunday 24 April 2022, they then performed live on this same day.
Guest Performers: Kingdom and Akunna
|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|
The Top 5 contestants were revealed in episode 13 on Sunday 1 May 2022, they then performed live on this same day.
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.