MultiChoice Nigeria has unveiled D’banj, Simi to join Obi Asika as judges for the seventh edition of Nigerian Idol, a reality television singing competition.
The company announced the judges in a statement on Tuesday ahead of this year’s edition of the show billed to commence on February 6.
The talented Dbanj and Simi will be replacing the season six judges Seyi Shay and DJ Sose while joining Obi Asika on the panel of judges.
MultiChoice Nigeria’s executive head of content and West Africa Channels, Busola Tejumola said the trio were selected as judges due to “their decades worth of experience in the music and entertainment landscape.”
“We could not think of a better trio to be the season’s judges than Obi Asika, D’banj, and Simi. The three of them combined bring decades’ worth of experience in the music and entertainment business, as well as individual mastery of their crafts. We have no doubt that they will keep the viewers entertained in what will be a spectacular season!” Tejumola said.
Speaking about their new roles, D’Banj and Simi promised to bring their A-game to match Asika’s and to offer words of advice to the contestants from the auditions to the finale.
“I was out of the country when I found out that I was going to be a judge for this season of Nigerian Idol and I couldn’t contain my excitement. I’m coming in with my own strategy so viewers should expect a bang”, D’banj said.
Simi said, “I’ve always loved the idea of being a judge and I think it’s a fun thing to do. I plan to be very honest and have fun and hopefully gain inspiration from those that come on the show.”
Similarly, Asika, who is returning as judge after playing the same role last year, said: “I will be looking for special talents and new faces this year. I’m also excited to work with the rest of the judges this season, and I will be very fair and real to every contestant just like I was last year.”
In the statement, the company also announced IK Osakioduwa, ace on-air-personality (OAP), will be returning as the season seven host after playing the same role last year.