All eyes were fixed on the grand finale and with the Glo Factor Facebook page having 34, 228 likes, viewers were frozen into silence with anticipation as it was clear that the final performance of the Glo-sponsored X Factor singing reality TV show was going to be mind-blowing.
There were three finalists; Eshun, Vicky and DJ Switch; all three of them talented enough to wear the crown but of course there could only be one winner – The organisers knew this and the finalists knew it was a battle for supremacy.
When the host, Tools asked Reggie if he had ever thought about the grand finale, he had responded in the affirmative adding, “…I’m expecting fireworks tonight”
However, the fact that DJ Switch emerged the Glo X Factor might not be news but one question on the lips of critics was ‘Did she deserve to win?’
Of course, viewers had an answer to this question but just before we hit ride into the pulse of viewers, it might be interesting to note that prior to DJ Switch’s emergence as the winner, the finalists; Eshun, Vicky and DJ Switch were expected to sing two songs each; the first of which was the song the Judges considered the act’s best performance on the show thus far.
Eshun was the first on stage and singing ‘Over the Rainbow,’ she shone like a million stars.
Next in line was DJ Switch and she practically jumped on stage. Accompanied by two energetic dancers, she sang ‘Get Up’ and a sizable number of the audience were excited enough to consider the song title an actual action as they rose to their feet to cheer her on.
The jaw-dropping moment of her performance came when she flipped backwards into the hands of her dancers, and continued rapping even when she was visibly in an upside down position. Even MI couldn’t contain his excitement as he stood up and moved restlessly about on the judges’ podium.
The host, Toolz had a comment to chip in at this point when she said, “Absolute pandemonium… You never cease to amaze us.”
Vicky followed when she sang ‘You Raise Me Up’ and her performance was so emotional that some members of the audience were seen wiping tears off their eyes.
For their second performance, the contestants performed a song they individually thought best expressed their identities as artistes.
Eshun went first and she sang ‘I’m Not Leaving Till You Say You Love Me.’
Commenting on her performance, Reggie said, “I’ll like to thank you. Many on Twitter accused me of being too hard on you. Because you’re from my country, people expect some form of partiality, but I’m not going to do that. Your performance is the best I’ve seen from you, and I think you’re worthy of the crown.”
MI appeared to share Reggie’s admiration for Eshun and said, “I have to admit that was your best performance. You are amazing. I like what you did with your dancer who was behind you, carrying you up intermittently, yet you didn’t lose focus on the music.”
Onyeka also has something to say about her performance, “This girl is beautiful, talented, audacious… everything put together. Sweetheart of a baby, you have made it!”
DJ Switch returned on stage, hands bound in chains and dragged by a male dancer as she sang 2Face’s song, ‘Free.’ As part of her stunt, she was kicked off the stage by her dancer at a stage in her performance, but she was caught by some other dancers who quickly rushed forward to carry her. She later came back and managed to boot off her attacker from the stage.
Acknowledging her sterling performance, a fan said, “She took my breath away. The drama that she put in the song really conveyed her message home to me,” she concluded.
Onyeka was clearly impressed by her performance as made manifest in her comment, “The remaining three are unique; there is room for all of you in this industry. I don’t know who is going to win, but that person will take this continent by storm.”
In the same vein, Reggie said, “I thought I’ve seen it all, but I saw something new today. I’m always excited waiting for your performance. You rapped upside down; I mean who does that?” he finished off incredulously.
In his comment, M.I commended her courage and talent when he said, “You were kicked off the stage, believing that those guys would catch you. That was risky and it tells me you’re ready to put anything on the line, even your life, for your performance to go well and to blow the minds of the audience. If there’s any justice in the world, DJ Switch should win this competition.”
Vicky followed and she sang Omawumi’s ‘If you ask me.’
After her performance, MI made it clear that he loved her performance adding that he liked the how Vicky allowed herself have fun on stage. Reggie and Onyeka also enjoyed the performance and commended her.
However, as earlier noted, there could only be one winner and at the end, DJ Switch became N24million richer and earner herself a Sony recording contract. The winning number was ‘504’ and it belonged to DJ Switch.
In her excitement, a fan, Moregana said, “…and the winner is DJ Switch! Even the Devil himself knew! Shame on you devil…”
Another viewer, Blik Daniel had this to say, “DJ Switch all the way... She is da X factor... You can’t deny that fact... She is just ‘ten; much.”
DJ Switch’s feat throws several doors of opportunity open to her and a comment from another viewer, Raheem Akeem sent a strong message to M.I. “M.I, you beta sign DJ switch into Chocolate City record label. If not, Don Jazzy, Kennis Music, Hypertek, EME and DB records are waiting for DJ switch.”
By SAMOD BIOBAKU
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