So it’s already official that The Voice Nigeria is coming back for a season 4 and I’ve got to tell you, it’s a welcome news to me. The last season made me fall in love with the show, and trust me I fell hard. I felt the winner was rightly chosen, the overall organization of the show was superb, the lights, the stage set design (Which is usually an essentiality I look out for in music performance). Then don’t get me started on the background vocals; my God, those entities were amazing. Get me a music performance with beautiful backup vocals, and you’re my love for life.
In this post however, I’d be sharing with you my personal 12 best performances from last season. I’ve come to understand over the years that what makes good music performance isn’t just vocal range or ability to hit notes. That is why this selection was made based on varying factors considered; vocal ability, costume choice, stage carriage, likability, ability to engage audience/viewers etc. That being said lovely readers, here are my top 12 music performances from the last season of The Voice Nigeria.
No. 12: OLIVER TWIST (BY RACHEL & KPEE)
I so much loved the vocal alliance between the two contestants. They both made a very good duo and communicated so well on the stage that was enough to make me dance unintentionally to their performance. Even though at some point, Rachel sang out of beat but that was only one time and she was back to giving us a pretty good performance. Then their choreography which blended so well.
No. 11: ALREADY (BY DAPO & PEACE)
Now this performance was classic to watch. Their ecstatic royalty themed costume was an added touch to the performance. Even though Peace didn’t quite give me the awe with her voice, she was able to do so with her eye catching dance steps, her stage carriage and her communication with Dapo. I loved the fact that despite how glamorous her costume was, it allowed her let out beautiful dance moves that you just couldn’t miss. She was obviously enjoying herself. I also loved Dapo’s costume and how it emitted African royalty. I could watch that performance over and over again.
No. 10: I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU (BY NAOMI MAC)
Now, this performance was glorious in its way; voice, costumes, hair, stage presence, you name it. But why this performance appears in this list was because it was sung to her late mum. Other than that, this was an easily forgettable performance for me as there was nothing new added to the song. This is one of the most covered songs in the world and I always advice that if used in a contest, the singer has to do something new or extraordinary to accentuate the song; Naomi Mac did none of that for me. But don’t come for my head yet. One thing I loved most about this performance though was how she made eye contact with the camera, which I really found beautiful.
No. 9: IF YOU ASK ME (BY EAZZIE)
Now this performance was just it to me; maybe because of how Eazzie grew vocally before this performance but I was really awestruck. One of the things I love so much in musical performances is hand gestures & body movement; this lady gave me all that and more. She really pulled the Omawummi Hit with that glorious performance. Oh! And the voice. It is no news that the contestant with the most growth during last season’s show was Eazzie and I will keep thanking God for a coach like Waje who kept seeing the hidden gem in her and made sure it was showcased.
No. 8: UYO MEYO (BY ESTHER BENYEOGO & JEREMIAH)
The truth is I’ve never really liked the original version of this song by Teni, probably because I’ve only listened to it in passing. But abi you see this performance, I fell in love with their version. These guys really made a beautiful sound with this performance. Was it emotions, likability, life, power, vocal magnificence, communication? You name it, this performance had them all displayed. Esther’s voice was beautifully aligned with Jeremiah’s that you couldn’t help but feel the awesomeness.
No. 7: GOD IS A WOMAN (BY ANU)
If there’s one thing you need to know about Anu, it’s that she plays with notes moderately. This was where I confirmed it. For me eh, this was one of the most memorable performances of the show. The last part of it was really a surprise carefully & strategically planned to also impress. When you’d thought she was done, BOOM, she scatters the roof.
No. 6: SMASH INTO YOU (BY RACHEL)
Rachel left early in the show but this was a powerful performance I would never forget in a hurry. I had an issue with the dress though but her hair was on point and her stage carriage was amazing. I loved when she stressed on the “Smash into You”; I was like; you tell ‘em girl.
No. 5: FEELING GOOD (BY ANU)
Now this performance made me smile. Remember when I said that Anu knew how to play with notes moderately, this was one of those moments. Her costume choice was just amazing as she swayed side to side, visibly feeling the music. Her relaxed soothing voice as it carried us along aided in making this performance amazing.
No. 4: LOVE ON TOP (BY ESTHER BENYEOGO)
If you were an ardent follower of the show last season, you’d have definitely seen or heard about this amazing performance by Esther. This was a different aspect of herself that Esther brought to the show. With a vibrant coloured outfit, commanding body movements and a perfectly positioned yet amazing backup dancers, this performance already stood out. Nevertheless, with Esther, almost is never enough. She finished work with her vocal instrument hitting 5 different notes with the chorus effortlessly. And can I just say how I so much love the fact that she unashamedly told us how deeply she loved the Lord, Jesus with this song.
No. 3: GLORY (BY NAOMI MAC)
When I first heard the Original Version of this song by John Legend & Common, I fell in love with it. Then I heard Naomi’s version & I fell all over again. Naomi did justice to this song with all she had; her outfit, her stage carriage, her passion, her emotion, her expressions, her vocal power – you name it, they were never lacking. I believed her. Naomi is one of the contestants that came with full strength for this show.
No. 2: YOU RAISE ME UP (BY ESTHER BENYEOGO)
This was Esther’s closing performance at the grand finale of the show and I must say, It was a good way to end the show. This performance was to die for, especially the last part of the song. She had the perfect expression, the perfect vocal strength, the perfect costume etc. I specially loved as it was used as the background music when she emerged winner.
No. 1: NEVER ENOUGH (BY ESTHER BENYEOGO)
I would confess, the original version by Loren Allred wasn’t really my favourite because when it came out I had already heard a lot of people shamelessly murdering the song in the name of covers so I unconsciously cancelled it from my list of best soundtracks from The Greatest Showman (The movie it was gotten from). But then, Esther happened. She delivered one of the best ever performances of this song and you have to agree with me; she was glorious to watch. At a single spot, Esther delivered a breathtaking, mind-blowing, jaw-dropping performance that exuded grace and majesty. Don’t get me started on her beauty themed outfit with butterfly accessorized hairdo Till date, it’s the most memorable performance I can think of when The Voice Nigeria Season 3 is mentioned.
Well, there you have it. Please do well to leave a comment and / or rate this post. Thank you for the time.