Nigeria Idol 2022: Progress Emerges Winner, Walks Away with N100M worth of Prizes
Progress Chukwuyem has won the 7th edition of the Nigeria Idol 2022 after weeks of intense battle. He also went home with N100M worth of prizes.
This was announced at the Grand Finale which was broadcast across Africa Magic stations on Sunday, May 2022 by the Show’s host, IK Osakioduwa.
He revealed that 21-year-old Progress won after polling more fans’ votes to beat fellow finalist, Zadok in a record-breaking voting season. The top-2 secured 45 million votes in the finale week alone and over 220 million votes all season long.
The winner of the competition Progress goes home with a cash prize of ₦30 million, a brand new SUV, a Bigi branded refrigerator, and a year’s supply of Bigi drinks. He will also get to record an EP and six music videos, a weekend getaway from TravelBeta, and a DStv Explora fully installed with a 12 months premium subscription.
Progress and Zadok had competed the week before, where they sang three songs each to the audience’s pleasure.
Zadok, who has been a fan favourite from the beginning of the show, performed Whitney Houston’s ‘Dance With Somebody’. In contrast, Progress sang Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Bang Bang’ and Ruben Studdard’s ‘I Need An Angel’ at the live show, which had hundreds of audience members at the studio and was watched by millions of fans across Africa on DStv and GOtv, and across Europe via the Showmax app.
Commenting on the show, Simi who was one of the judges took a minute to address the top 12, saying “And for you all who took part in this experience, it takes a ton of bravery to do what you have done. I’m proud to have experienced this with you. You’re so amazing, and I wish you so much goodness in your future, present, and everything you do.”
She then took to the stage at the finals singing her hit song ‘Duduke’ as fellow judge D’banj also performed a medley of his biggest songs which includes ‘Oliver Twist, Emergency, and Your Face Show. Other performers at the highly-charged live show included Nigerian Idol season 6 winner Kingdom, the Nigerian Idol season 7 top 10, and popular musician Pheelz.
D’banj, who performed with Zadok and Progress, said a few words about his unreleased track, ‘I Got My Answer’ with the top two finalists. He said, “Myself and my family went through a traumatic time when I lost my son. It was so devastating, and I felt like the world caved in. All we could do was pray to God for restoration. The song was done, written in Los Angeles two weeks before I had my new son”.
Getting to the final was not an easy feat, as they had to join thousands of applicants to jostle for a place on the show. In all, the judges gave out 75 golden tickets. After another round of screening, 50 contestants qualified for the theatre week, where they paired with other contestants. They went through another round of screening before 12 contestants made it to the live performance stage.
From the beginning of the live performances, both Zadok and Progress gave their best and raised their games, making their presence in the final well deserved.
The Delta-state-born singer and season 7 winner captured the hearts of many globally when he took over the ‘Showstopper’ week with his fantastic performance of Ariana Grande, Jessie J, and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Bang Bang’.
Speaking after his big win that night, Progress shared what would be his next steps. He said, “Music is my life, it’s everything, and it comes from a place of passion. So definitely from here, I’m making music – great music. I’m going to express myself in the best way that I can. Out here, I’m in no competition with anybody, so I’m going to take it one step at a time”.