Contrary to the promise made last Wednesday by Optima Media Group (OMG), the executive producers of the dubbed most watched music reality TV show, Nigerian Idol, that there would not be any change of cast for the third edition, the latest scoop is that, Charly Boy, who was actively involved in the previous seasons, is on his way out due to disagreement over professional fee.
It’s no longer news that the highly anticipated talent hunt show is back, bigger and better.
Lagos, Abuja, Owerri, PortHarcourt, and Benin are states they have been storming in search of Nigeria’s biggest but undiscovered talent. Lead sponsor for this year’s season remains Etisalat Nigeria; Associate sponsors are leading beverage brand, Pepsi.
Charly Boy also called Area Fada is alleged to have suddenly turned an Oliver Twist demanding for the whooping sum of 30 million Naira before he could enter the race in search for the next Nigerian Idol.
It would be recall that CB as he’s fondly called was not at the media launch of the Nigerian Idol season 3 with the theme “Voice of Tomorrow”, which was held last week.
This actually raised speculations over Charly Boy's return to the judges’ seat. A bird in the know squealed that meetings between Charly Boy and the producers of Nigerian Idol had severally ended in deadlock as the former had insisted on pay rise.
Though, if CB insists to bug, Optima Media Group may be forced to look for possible replacement of Charly Boy as soon as possible.
While the information at my disposal has it that talk is still ongoing to have Charly Boy for the third season of Nigerian Idol, it’s unarguable that his controversial lifestyle, antics, craze and creativity as judge, earned Nigeria’s version of the world’s biggest reality TV show, more viewership last season.