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Nigerian Idol Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions About Nigerian Idol

1. What is Nigerian Idol?

Nigerian Idol is a reality TV singing competition modelled after the popular Idols franchise. The concept of the show involves a group of unsigned singing talent who go through a thorough audition process to perform to a panel of vocal judges who critique their performances. The contestants advance through different stages in the competition until the eventual winner is determined by viewers and fans of the show via SMS, Website and Mobile voting.

2. When will Nigerian Idol Season 6 premiere?

Nigerian Idol will premiere Sunday, 14th March 2021 with a special two-week bonus content featuring a compilation of participants’ auditions broadcast for 24-hours, with a six-hour block of fresh content from 6 pm. The pre-recorded weekly shows will start Sunday, 28th March and the live shows with the Top 10 contestants starts Sunday, 9th May at 7 pm.

3. Who is the headline sponsor for Nigerian Idol Season 6?

Nigerian Idol Season 6 is proudly sponsored by BIGI Drinks and Tecno Mobile.

4. When and where did the auditions take place?

The auditions for Nigerian Idol Season 6 were held online via the Africa Magic website from 29th November till 13th December 2020. It was open to both male and female aged 16 – 30 years of Nigerian Nationality.

5. What is the grand prize for the winner of Season 6?

This season’s winner will walk away with a recording contract with a leading record label and 50 million Naira worth of prizes which include a cash prize and a brand new car.

6. Who are the Judges and the Host for this season?

Creative Industry Entrepreneur, Obi Asika, superstar DJ Sose, and singer/songwriter, Seyi Shay are Judges of this season while popular radio and TV on-air personality IK Osakioduwa is Host

7. Will there be a live audience present at the Nigerian Idol studio?

No. Nigerian Idol Season 6 will not be having a live audience during the show due to the ongoing pandemic. We will continue to practice social distancing and follow the safety guidelines put in place by the NCDC.

8. Where can I find further information regarding the show?

For more information, visit the Nigerian Idol website. You can also follow our verified @AfricaMagic handle on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with all the updates.

General Questions About Broadcast Details

9. Which channels will Nigeria Idol be available on?

The special two-week bonus content will air on DStv Channel 198 and GOtv Channel 29 while the pre-recorded episodes and live shows will air on AM Showcase (DStv channel 151), AM Urban (DStv channel 153) and AM Family (DStv channel 154 & GOtv channel 2).

10. Which DStv and GOtv packages will Nigerian Idol be available?

The show will be available on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Confam and Yanga packages and on GOtv Max and Jolli packages only

11. Will I automatically have DStv channel 198/GOtv channel 29 to watch the bonus content?

Yes. With an active subscription on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Confam and Yanga or GOtv Max and Jolli, channel 198 or 29 will automatically be available.

12. Do I need to pay extra to watch Nigerian Idol Season 6?

No. The show will be available to you at no extra cost. You only need to stay active, reconnect or subscribe to DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Confam and Yanga or GOtv Max and Jolli. You can visit www.dstvafrica.com or www.gotvafrica.com or contact your nearest MultiChoice office/branch. You can also download the MyDStv app and MyGOtv app available to iOS and Android users to sign up for auto-renewal and use other self-service options.

13. Will I be able to watch Nigerian Idol on DStv Padi or GOtv Jinja/Smallie?

No. Nigerian Idol will only be available to customers on DStv Premium, Compact Plus, Compact, Confam and Yanga packages and only to subscribers on GOtv Max and Jolli packages

14. Will I be able to view Nigerian Idol online via the DStv App?

Yes. Viewers can watch Nigerian Idol Season 6 via the DStv app on multiple devices at no additional cost. The app is available for download on iOS and Android devices.

15. Will I be able to catch the highlights on DStv Catch up?

Yes. Viewers will be able to watch the show on Catch Up, which is available to all DStv customers on Explora and the DStv app.

16. Is Nigerian Idol Season 6 going to be available on Showmax?

Nigerian Idol will also be available on online streaming device, Showmax, across Africa as well as in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. Premium customers enjoy a Showmax subscription at no extra cost as part of DStv Thanks reward programme whilst other customers get Showmax at half the price. Visit www.showmax.com to sign up!

Questions About Voting Process

17. When does voting start on the show?

Voting on Nigerian Idol begins during the live shows at the top 10 stage.

18. On what platforms will voting take place?

Voting takes place on SMS, Mobile, Web and the MyDStv/MyGOtv App. To be eligible to vote for your favourite contestant, you’ll need to register on the Africa Magic website – africamagic.tv/nigerianidol.

Q:  How do I vote for my favourite contestant on Nigerian Idol?

A:  You may vote by SMS, Mobile site, Website, and the MyDStv/MyGOtv App only.

  • SMS - Send the number of your favourite contestant to 32053
  • Website / Mobile site - You may vote for your favourite contestant via the Africa Magic website or mobile site on africamagic.tv/nigerianidol
  • MyDStv/MyGotv App - You may vote for your favourite contestant via the MyDStv/MyGotv App if you are an active subscriber with an eligible package

 

Q:  When will voting open and close?

A: Voting will open every Sunday in conjunction with the on-air announcement and will close on Wednesdays at 21:00 (WAT)/22:00 (CAT).
The week before the live finale on Sunday, 04 July at 19:00 (WAT)/20:00 (CAT), voting will open at the beginning of the show at 19:00 (WAT)/20:00 (CAT) and close at 21:00 (WAT)/22:00 (CAT) on Thursday, 08 July.

 

Q: How many times can I vote on each platform?

A: One can vote 100 times on SMS, Mobile site and Website. If you are a DStv subscriber customer with an eligible package and have the MyDStv or MyGOtv App, you can vote based on your package, below are eligible packages:

 

Packages

MyDStv/MyGOtv App

Premium/Bue/Mega

2500

Compact +/Grand e Mais

1500

Compact/Grande

750

Confam/Family/Familia

500

Yanga/Access/Facil

200

GOTV Max

350

GOTV Jolli/Plus

200

 

Q: In which countries is tiered voting available in?

A: MyDStv App - Nigeria, Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, Mauritius, Eswatini and ALL DTH Countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Comoros, Djibouti, Eritrea, Madagascar, Seychelles, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda

MyGOtv App - Nigeria, Angola, Botswana, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, DRC, Mauritius, Eswatini. MyGOtv App is not available in DTH countries.

 

Q: Can I vote on MyDStv or MyGOtv App if my subscription has been deactivated?

A: No, you must activate your subscription and be on an eligible package to be able to receive additional votes to vote for your favourite contestant(s). 

 

Q: I have more than on one package with DStv, can I vote with all of my packages?

A: If you have a single mobile number which is linked to multiple packages, then the highest available package is the one you will be able to vote with i.e. if you have both Compact and Premium packages, the highest package available is Premium, therefore the Premium package will be assigned votes to.  

 

Q: I want to vote with both of my DStv packages, what can I do?

A: You can register each smartcard number/ package on the vote page on the Africa Magic vote page africamagic.tv/nigerianidol separately with a unique mobile number, which can be verified via OTP.

 

Q: I have registered on the website, mobile site or MyDStv/ MyGOtv App, but I haven’t received an OTP SMS, what can I do?

A:  If you are not receiving OTP messages, your phone number could be on DND (Do Not Disturb) list, which means you will no longer receive notification from all of your services that sends notification SMS using third-party SMS services. You will need to unsubscribe from the DND by:

(1) texting STOP to 2442, then

(2) text ALLOW to 2442 to start receiving bulk SMS.

If after texting ALLOW to 2442, you are still not receiving third-party SMS, you might have to contact your telecommunication provider.

 

Q: How many times can I vote for one contestant?

A: One can vote 100 times on SMS, Mobile site and Website. If you are a DStv subscriber with an eligible package and have the MyDStv or MyGOtv App, you can vote based on your package.

 

Q: Can I vote for multiple contestants?

A: You can vote for anyone you like each week and use your allowed votes per platform per week as you wish.

 

Q: Which platforms are free?

A: Voting is free (Data costs apply) on the website, mobile site and on the My DStv or MyGOtv App. SMSs are charged at N30 per SMS.

 

Q: Will I get a notification when my vote has been received?

A: On the website, mobile site and on the My DStv or MyGOtv App, you will see a little countdown from 100 to one which indicates that your vote has been received. For SMS, there will be no notification, but as long as you use the correct keyword and short code, we will receive your vote.

 

Q: How do you ensure that voting is fair?

A: All voting is verified by the auditing firm Deloitte & Touche. Please also have a look at the Terms and Conditions for voting, as published on africamagic.tv/nigerianidol

   

Q: Will all votes on all platforms be eligible for winning the viewer’s prizes?

A: These are to be communicated during the show.
Please visit africamagic.tv/nigerianidol for all the details.

  

Q:What are the contestant numbers for voting?

A: You can find all of the voting numbers for contestants on africamagic.tv/nigerianidol.  

 

Q: Will the contestants voting numbers change or stay the same during the live shows?

A: The voting numbers for each contestant will remain the same throughout the duration of the show/season.

 

How to vote on Nigerian Idol Season 6

  • Voting takes place on
    • Mobile Site
    • Website
    • SMS
    • MyDStv app (DStv subscribers) and MyGOtv App (GOtv subscribers), only.
  • Voting on the MyDStv and MyGOtv App is open to active DStv subscribers in selected countries with eligible packages only.
  • To vote on the website, mobile site and the app, the audience will register with their name, surname, year of birth, gender, location, and cell phone number before or during the voting round
  • To vote on SMS the viewers will send an SMS to the short code (Nigeria only). No registration is required.

 

Registering on the Nigerian Idol website:

  • You can register to vote on the Africa Magic website– africamagic.tv/nigerianidol
  • Click on the Vote menu item.
  • Click on Register and enter your name, surname, year of birth, gender, location and cellphone in the international format e.g. +234731234567 and your preferred password.
  • You will receive an OTP (One Time Pin) via SMS.
  • Enter your OTP
  • Once registered, you will be able to vote.
  • Select your favourite Contestant.
  • Website votes are free.
  • Data costs apply.

 

Voting on the Nigerian Idol website if you’re a registered voter:

  • You may vote for your favourite contestant via the Africa Magic website– africamagic.tv/nigerianidol
  • Click on the Vote menu item.
  • Click on Login and enter your cell phone number in the international format e.g.
  •  
  • Enter your chosen password.
  • Select your favourite contestant.
  • Enter your number of votes and cast your vote by clicking VOTE.
  • Votes on the website are limited to 100 votes per user.
  • Website votes are free.
  • Data costs apply.

 

Registering on the Nigerian Idol mobile site:

  • You can register to vote on the Africa Magic mobile site– africamagic.tv/nigerianidol
  • Click on the Vote menu item.
  • Click on Register and enter your name, surname, year of birth, gender, location, cell phone number in the international format e.g. +234731234567 and your preferred password
  • You will receive an OTP (One Time Pin) via SMS.
  • Enter your OTP
  • Once registered, you will be able to vote after the show
  • Mobile site votes are free.
  • Data costs apply.

 

Voting on the Nigerian Idol mobile site if you’re a registered voter:

  • You may vote for your favourite contestant via the Africa Magic mobile site– africamagic.tv/nigerianidol
  • Click on the Vote menu item.
  • Click on Login and enter your cell phone number in the international format e.g., +234731234567.
  • Enter your chosen password
  • Select your favourite contestant.
  • Enter your number of votes and cast your vote by clicking VOTE.
  • Votes on the mobile site are limited to 100 votes per user.
  • Mobile site votes are free.
  • Data costs apply.

 

Voting on Nigerian Idol via SMS (Nigerian only)

  • You may vote for your favourite contestant by sending VOTE and the contestants’ number to 32053 on *participating Nigerian networks only.
  • Votes via SMS are limited to 100 votes per user.
  • Costs are N30 per SMS.
  • VAS rates apply.
  • *Participating networks - MTN, AIRTEL & 9Mobile

How to vote via the MyDStv or MyGOtv App (DStv subscribers with eligible packages only):**

  • Get additional votes with the MyDStv or MyGOtv App.
  • **Additional votes are awarded based on your subscription package or tier
  • Download the MyDStv or MyGOtv App from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
  • Log into the app by selecting your default country, use your surname or mobile number and your smartcard number.
  • Once you’ve logged into your MyDStv or MyGOtv app account page, look for the “Vote Now” button.
  •  You must be an active MyDStv or MyGOtv subscriber on one of the eligible packages to receive your additional votes
  • Click on “Vote Now” follow the instructions to cast your vote.
  •  

Registering on the MyDStv or MyGOtv App (DStv subscribers with eligible packages only):**):

  • You can register to vote by clicking on the “Vote now” button inside the MyDStv or MyGOtv App.
  •  Click on Register and enter your name, surname, year of birth, gender, location, and cell phone number in the international format e.g., +234731234567, confirm your smartcard number and your preferred password.
  • You will receive an OTP (One Time Pin) via SMS.
  • Enter your OTP.
  • Once registered, you will be able to vote after the show.
  • MyDStv and MyGOtv App votes are free.
  • Data costs apply.

 

Voting on the My DStv or MyGOtv App if you’re a registered voter (DStv subscribers with eligible packages only):**

  • You may vote for your favourite contestant by clicking on the “Vote now” button inside the MyDStv or MyGOtv App.
  • Confirm your smartcard number and enter your cell phone number in the international format e.g. +234731234567.
  • Enter your chosen password.
  • Select your favourite contestant.
  • Enter your number of votes and cast your vote by clicking VOTE.
  • MyDStv app or MyGOtv app votes are allocated based on your subscription package/tier (active DStv subscribers in selected countries with eligible packages only)**
  • MyDStv and MyGOtv App votes are free.
  • Data costs apply.

 

VOTING LIMITS & COST

Each user may cast 100 votes per voting platform per vote round i.e.:

  • SMS – 100 votes (Nigeria only).
  • Costs are N30 per SMS
  • Web – 100 votes 
  • Mobi – 100 votes 
  • Network data costs will apply for the use of the internet on web and mobile
  • Terms and conditions apply
  • MyDStv app or MyGOtv app – votes are allocated based on your subscription package/tier (active DStv subscribers in selected countries with eligible packages only)**

 

**Vote limits based on DStv packages

 

Packages

MyDStv/MyGOtv App (Active subscribers only)

Premium/Bue/Mega

2500

Compact +/Grande Mais

1500

Compact/Grande

750

Confam/Family/Familia

500

Yanga/Access/ Facil

200

GOtv Max

350

GOtv Jolli/Plus

200

 

 

 

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