Day after day, the contestants in the MTN Y’ello Star competition are waxing stronger in their dedication to both the craft and the business side of music.

This week, the contestants put many of the things they were being taught to good use. They had a business masterclass on the concept of Resonance, taught by Barry Van Zyl of the Henley Business School.

They also had a Vocal masterclass where they discussed the rudiments of Enhancing Tonal Quality. This showed very much in the mesmerizing performances they gave the audience.

Every contestant brought their A-game. This performance is what determines who stays and who is nominated for elimination, and you bet nobody wants to be put up for elimination.

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So, how did our Y’ello Stars do?

Dotti performed Just The Two of Us by Bill Withers. He got 18.3 points.

Freeborn came on by It Must Have Been Love by Roxette. She got 19 points.

Storm performed I Got You by James Brown. He got 14.3 points.

Ceaser’s performed Halleluyah by Jeff Buckley. He got 17.6 points

Gideon performed Your Smile by Tjan. He got 19 points.

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A cross section of stars.

David Garland performed Promises by Calvin Harris and Sam Smith. He got 16.3 points.

FayFay Diamond performed All Of Me by John Legend. She got 17.1 points.

Oiza and Meyi performed Playing Games by Summer Walker. They got 16.5 points.

Jesse performed Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye. He got 14 points.

G Isaac performed 7 Years by Lukas Graham. He got 14.5 points.

Each contestant acknowledged that the other contestants had their own unique features, but this didn’t stop them from bringing their own uniqueness to the stage.

Let’s not forget:

The contestants will be scored on a 20 point scale, and the total score of the contestants will be the average of the judges total score. That is, 60 ÷ 3. Five contestants with the lower score will be put up for elimination.

So, who got into the next round and who needs saving?

At the top of the leaderboard, we have Freeborn and Ceaser

And now the Bottom 5:

  • Oiza and Meyi
  • G Isaac
  • David Garland
  • Jesse
  • Storm

To vote for Jesse, Oiza and Meyi, Storm, G Isaac and David Garland, text “VOTE 006”, “VOTE 014”, “VOTE 007”, “VOTE 001” “VOTE 010” to 50061 respectively.

Voting lines are open from 8pm on Sunday to 12pm on Wednesday. Available to MTN and 9Mobile subscribers.

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Voting lines are open from 8pm on Sunday to 12pm on Wednesday. Available to MTN and 9Mobile subscribers.

Major takeaway from the show:

The hosts, Tobi Bakre and Hilda B asked an important question: What is the cut-off mark for a celebrity in the music world? That is, what metric does a singer have to pass before being considered “blown”?

Here’s how the judges answered:

Olisa Adibua: The cut off for celebrity is when the audience laps up your song, when there is a hunger for an anticipated release. Getting to this point needs quality in terms of songwriting, production, and your team.

Banky W: A hit song that the general public sings along to is also a sign of being blown. But this consistency has to be maintained with more quality.


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