Josephine Abah: Nigerian Idol Season 3: Charlyboy missing out?

Life itself is a stage and must be arranged in dramatic sequence. If that is the case, then it must possess one of the qualities of a drama; it must arouse interest. However, without complicating scenes and situations, without chronological order of scenes towards the climax, ‘drama-life’ will become uninteresting and boring. Hence, what makes life interesting is the expectation for better and bigger things of life. It is the quest for more; and the drama in between those quests makes life interesting and dramatic. Anyone in life who is satisfied with just the level he operates now will find life boring; because he does not step up his game, he is simply stagnant and fixed. However, most frustrating and dispiriting are those individuals who step down their games, maybe in the name of “I’m doing too much.” Such people will certainly blame the day a decision of such was taken.

My analogy is only a prologue to the absence of Charlyboy from the Nigerian Idol’s press conference held in Lagos State recently. I was part of the Journalists invited for the press parley on the take-off of the third edition of the Nigerian Idol, but unbelievably, Charlyboy was unavoidably missing from the judges’ seat. Asked why we had just two out of the three known faces of the Nigerian Idol judges, the organizers had responded that no changes were made yet, but will be updating us if there would be changes. I felt a taste of some “undone soup, and sour milk” in the organizer’s statement that all was well, and that they were ‘game’ with the Areafada’. I simply pinched myself in doubt.
However, I had gathered after the Press conference that the organizers were yet to agree with the Areafada on his appearance fee, and other allowances. It appears like the most interesting Idol show that kept my entire family and friends glued to the television set last year has taken a wrong initial step towards its third edition. The step taken so far appears more like a move towards a boring show.
I just wonder what these dudes are talking about. Why haven’t they settled with Charlyboy prior to now? Why will they now smash the expectation of thousands of fans who are waiting to see the same judges at the third edition of the Idol just because they lack the bargaining power to put Charlyboy on the seat? The same problem the organizers often have with follow up in terms of their winners is the same problem they are having with the selection of their judges today. Just like they left their great winners to stand on their own without due encouragement and follow up, so they are set to leave some of their lead judges out of the show because of money. Continuity and persistence matters in what one does. These two brother words create way for the expected success. I would not want to compare, but I know that similar shows in the country have remained consistent in the use of judges. Their follow up strategies have really worked for them, and we see Iyanya and Chidinma running the show across Nigeria today. They offer their helping hands at every point in the lives of their growing artistes. This is something the organizers of the Idol have failed to understand. They have failed in this direction because they do not seem to be bent at the best choices. My brother, life is not about making all the gains, but to meet the aims.
If Nigerian Idol must step up their game, then they need people with that kind of Charlyboy’s experience on their judges’ seat. However, they are in the best position to know what the Areafada can bring to the table as a judge, but because I watched the previous edition and the last edition, I noticed an overwhelming improvement and I must commend them on their fair effort. However, that’s not enough, because to keep touch with Idol fans, is to keep using great and same judges that fans are already familiar with. Such is the best endorsement any show can give to itself. Amongst the three judges, Jeffery appears to be the weakest. He is the one who really does not possess the needed Nigerian quality for the show. His creativity was to a limit, maybe because he is not a Nigerian. Even at that, there is a need to still keep all of them in the show, because the organizers can’t afford to go below the already established standard. This takes me back to my opening paragraph “what makes life interesting is the expectation for better and bigger things of life. It is the quest for more; and the drama in between those quests makes life interesting and more dramatic. Anyone in life who is satisfied with just the level he operates now will find life boring; because he does not step up his game, he is simply stagnant and fixed”
I wait for a better show in the next season.
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