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Dare To Dream, Nigerian Idol Season 9 Brings Back The  Competitive Search For The Next Music Talents 

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Back in the day, TV was a big source of entertainment, especially because there were so many shows and programmes to choose from. These shows, most times, brought the whole family together in the living room. One of such programmes is Nigerian Idol. This music competition wasn’t just a show; it was a spark that ignited dreams in many Nigerians. The first season of the show aired in October 2010, with the theme, “Live Your Dream, Accept No Limitation.” It produced the first ever Nigerian Idol, Yeka Onka and has gone on to make other superstars like Mercy Chinwo, Moses Obi Adigwe, Evelle, K-Peace, Kingdom Kroseide and Victory Gbaka.Over the past 8 seasons, Nigerian Idol has featured different Afrobeats icons as judges. The judges, with their personalities and aura, are major sources of inspiration to the talents and delight to the audiences. Season one had a trio of Yinka Davies, Audu Maikori and Jeffrey Daniel. Season two saw Audu Maikori replaced with Charly Boy. Femi Kuti replaced Charly Boy in season 3. Season four saw Darey Art Alade, Nneka, and Dede Mabiaku as judges. In season five, Yinka Davies returned as a judge to replace Nneka. In season six, Obi Asika, Seyi Shay and DJ Sose were selected to be the judges with IK Osakioduwa serving as host. In seasons 7 and 8, Simi, D’banj, and Obi Asika were seated as judges.Season 9 is set to premiere on the 21st of April with the judges being a mix of familiar and new faces. Omawumi who was a guest judge in season 7, Ric Hassani who came in for a guest artiste performance in season 8 and veteran artiste 9ice, will be leading the search for the next Nigerian Idol. It could not have been a better selection, as they are all established artistes with hit songs and industry recognition.This season promises to be a daring one as hinted by the theme: “Dare To Dream”. The contestants certainly have to be competitive, headstrong and extremely talented to actualise a dream of becoming the next Nigerian Idol.The show often kicks off with the auditions which is usually a delight, as many contestants try to convince the judges that they deserve a coveted spot on the show. However, only 11 contestants will make the cut for the live show. The show will end with one winner, in a classic winner-takes-all-all fashion, but not without some heartwarming performances, surprise guest appearances, and unique mentoring moments, which all contribute to the love and followership it gets from the audience.Nigerian Idol will air on DStv and GOtv. To catch all the thrilling moments from this season, stay connected by dialling *288# to recharge, reconnect, or upgrade your subscription.

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Top Sporting Moments of 2024 on GOtv

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We are at the midpoint of the year, a good time to look at the best moments of our 2024 sporting calendar so far. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotions for football fans who passionately follow their favourite football clubs. While events unravelled in the football world, there were also notable historic moments in other sports during this period. Let’s relive some of the top moments shared together on GOtv in the last few months and take a look at what’s still to come this year.United and City pick up vital wins: In what is arguably the most surprising plot twist in the football script for the season, Manchester United defied the odds by beating their bitter rivals, Manchester City, to win their 13th FA Cup title. A week earlier, City had just set a Premier League record for winning 4 League titles in a row; a record that was previously held by United at 3 titles on the trot. After a keenly contested season, Pep Guardiola’s men beat West Ham 3-1 on the final day of the season to clinch the title ahead of Arsenal to make Premier League history.Birth of a star at GOtv Boxing Night 31: While the football world continued to serve its entertainment, a new star was born in the Nigerian boxing scene. At the 31st edition of GOtv Boxing Night held on May 1, 16-year-old Raheem “Badoo” Animashaun, emerged the best boxer of the night, taking home a cash prize of N1 million and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy. He defeated an experienced opponent, Samuel “Apataroro” Moses, in a match that was broadcast live on GOtv in over 50 African countries. When Ademola Lookman made history: A handful of Super Eagles stars have won European titles at club level, but none of them stole the show on the big night like Lookman did during the 2024 Europa League final. It was a night of mixed reactions for millions of Nigerian football fans as Lookman became the first player in Europa League/UEFA Cup history to score a hat-trick in the final. As the saying goes in the football world “the streets will never forget” that performance. On the other hand, Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella had to settle for silver medals with their Leverkusen team – their first and only loss of the entire football season.Crowning of The New Undisputed WWE Universal Champion: WrestleMania 40, the biggest event in the wrestling calendar year, held on April 6- 7, live on GOtv. The main fight saw Cody Rhodes defeat Roman Reigns in a Bloodline Rules match, to win SmackDown’s Undisputed WWE Universal Championship. GOtv customers also enjoyed the emotional celebration that followed, as Rhodes was joined on stage by his mother, his wife Brandi Rhodes, Randy Orton, Triple H, CM Punk, Jey Uso, Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens, LA Knight, Cena, Rollins, Bruce Prichard and Triple H. UCL Final: At the climax of the season, GOtv customers enjoyed the biggest match in European club football, as Champions League royalty club, Real Madrid, claimed their 15th UCL title courtesy of a hard-fought 2-0 win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley. Still to Come: Club football season has ended, but football fest continues on GOtv. Stay connected to share more sporting moments with the Euros set to begin on the 14th of June and the Olympics in July, where our medal hopefuls like Tobi Amusan and the Super Falcons gear up for Gold in Paris. The Olympics will smoothly pass the baton of sports entertainment back as the European football season will kick off almost immediately.Download MyGOtv app or dial *288# to subscribe, reconnect or upgrade your package. You can also download the GOtv Stream app for nonstop sporting action.

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UCL Final: Dortmund Takes on Real Madrid at Wembley

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Borussia Dortmund is set to face Real Madrid in the highly anticipated UEFA Champions League (UCL) final at Wembley Stadium this Saturday. The match will be broadcast live on GOtv.

This final marks Borussia Dortmund’s return to the pinnacle of European football as they aim to secure their second Champions League title, their first since their triumph in 1997. The team claimed a spot in the final following their victory over PSG in the semifinals with an aggregate score of 2-0.

On the other hand, Joselu’s late brace against Bayern in the second leg of the semifinals earned Real Madrid a place in the final and a chance to compete for their 15th UCL title. Carlo Ancelotti’s side earlier defeated the defending UCL champions, Manchester City, in a fiercely contested quarterfinal round, ultimately triumphing in penalties.

Speaking with UEFA ahead of the final, Ancelotti, expressed his excitement about the match. “We’re really happy to play in yet another final. The nerves will come, but we aim to let them come as late as possible. We have to seize this moment, this huge match, the most beautiful match of the year, and also the most beautiful to experience,” he said.

As both teams prepare for the final match and hope to claim the UCL title, 35-year-old attacking midfielder, Marco Reus, will be breaking his exceptional bond with Dortmund after 12 years as he leaves the team. Speaking in an interview about the team’s qualification and his anticipation for the final game, he said, “The fact that the name Borussia Dortmund is in the final is indescribable, because it’s the biggest match that you can reach in club football. There’s a great sense of anticipation. There’s nothing better than to compete in and win a Champions League final in your last match.”

The final game this Saturday promises intense football action as both teams face pressure to determine who will win the league title. Tune in to GOtv Finals Pop-up (ch 65) at 8 p.m. on Saturday to watch the match live.

Stay connected to experience the final games as the season draws to an end. Download the MyGOtv app or dial *288# to subscribe, reconnect, or upgrade your package. You can also download the GOtv Stream app for nonstop sporting action.

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Update your Watchlist with these Interesting Shows/Series on GOtv

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Imagine marrying your worst enemy for revenge, only to fall in love with him along the way. This is the fate of a young lady who embarks on a mission to destroy the man she believes is responsible for the death of her childhood sweetheart. Vengeance is the order of the day in the thrilling series Glass House. Emeka and Adaku are childhood sweethearts with dreams of a future together, but when Emeka’s master is accused of killing him, Adaku vows to destroy Chief Amadi and his family. A shocking twist later reveals that her father is responsible for Emeka’s death. What will she do? Find out every Monday to Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. on Africa Magic Showcase GOtv channel 12.Glass House is just one out of the many captivating shows and series available on GOtv. Here are some more interesting series and shows that promise to keep you entertained, no matter your mood.Nigerian Idol: Follow the journey of 10 talented musicians who have dared to dream as they bring their A-game to the stage, performing in front of top-notch judges, Omawumi, Ric Hassani, and 9ice, along with a live audience. With weekly eliminations and jaw-dropping performances, each episode is packed with electrifying energy, surprises, and incredible talents. Don’t miss out on the journey of these amazing budding artists. Tune in every Sunday at 7 p.m. on Africa Magic Family GOtv channel 7 and Africa Magic Showcase GOtv channel 12.Sin: They say the consequences of sin are death and destruction, but will that be the case for Osagie? After receiving a presidential pardon and being released from jail, Osagie struggles to find his place amidst the changes in everyone’s lives. His sister is now engaged to a man his father prefers over him, and his father, who disowned him before his imprisonment, still refuses to forgive him. Despite all these challenges, he must also learn to navigate a judgmental society that refuses to look past his mistakes. Follow his journey as he faces these challenges every Thursday and Friday at 8:30 p.m. on Africa Magic Showcase GOtv channel 12.My Flatmates This hilarious sitcom follows the lives of four friends sharing an apartment. All sorts of chaotic and hilarious things happen as they go about their daily escapades in pursuit of a better life for themselves. Each episode brings a mix of comedy, drama, heartwarming moments, and relatable experiences. Tune in every weekday at 7 p.m. on Africa Magic Family TV channel 7.Pyramid Game Show: Celebrated as the greatest game show of all time, it features celebrities like Shaffy Bello, Ireti Doyle, Warri Pikin, Nancy Isime, Bimbo Ademoye, and many more. In this thrilling game show, two teams, each consisting of a celebrity and a contestant, compete against the clock to describe words to each other. The more words they guess correctly, the more points they score. The team with the most points advances to the winner’s circle, where they transform words into phrases for a chance to win 10 million naira. Catch new episodes every Saturday on Africa Magic Showcase GOtv ch 12 at 6:30 pm and re-run on Tuesdays at 11:30 pm, and Africa Magic Family GOtv ch 7 at 7 pm and re-run on Wednesday at 2 pm. Don’t get stuck on one channel. Use the GOtv TV guide on your decoder, download the GOtv Stream App, or visit the GOtv website to discover lots of other exciting and entertaining shows. Dial 288# to self-service or download the GOtv Stream app to watch on the go.

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