Nigerian Idol judges Jeffrey Daniels and Yinka Davies with Guest Judge Naeto

It was a rough night in the studios as Nigerian Idol judges could not agree over the performances of the first round of top 30 contestants that performed on Sunday 13.

Celebrity guest judge, rapper Naeto C had some harsh words for the contestants and at some point, judge Jeffrey Daniel turned to give the ‘5 & 6’ rap star a thumbs down when a supremely unimpressed Naeto offered up yet another critique to a contestant on the stage.

For his part, Naeto tried to be diplomatic with the contestants, but his reaction was clear: most contestants failed to touch the hard-to-please judge, and as the show progressed his expression varied between glum and annoyed—he may have frightened some of the contestants.

With Femi Kuti away from the show till the end of January, what do the sharply divided opinions mean for the judges as the show progresses through the next two weeks? Next week’s show and contestants might be in for a tough time.

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Afrobeat Legend and new judge Femi Kuti, international performing artist Jeffery Daniel from 80’s disco/dance group Shalamar, and Nigeria’s soul diva Yinka Davies are the judges this season,with suave host Ill Rhymz will bringing us the highs and the lows throughout the competition.

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