Mercy, winner of Nigerian Idol 2012 was recently interviewed by Nigerian pop culture media outlet, YNaija. The interview was conducted just after she won the top prize beating Joe Blue. Check out some excerpts of the interview below and read the full interview on YNaija here.
How did your journey into Nigerian Idol begin?
I started by going for the auditions in Port Harcourt where I was called back. Then I made it to top 100 and then top 30. I was actually the last contestant to contest in the Top 30 stage. I sang Brandy’s ‘I wanna be down’ the next thing I knew, I was in the top 12.
What is different performance-wise about the Mercy that auditioned for Nigerian Idol and the Nigerian Idol Mercy?
I would say that in Nigerian Idol, I learnt first and foremost ‘creativity’ in performance. It is not just enough that you have a good voice, you have to be an amazing performer too. I’ve learnt how to think outside the box. Be confident, strong and own my stage. I havI de learnt to go the extra mile in everything I do. I didn’t believe that I could do Fela, but I tried to think outside of imitating Fela exactly and into mixing everything up into a strong package. I am very happy people liked it.
What do you think has made you unique and stand out in the competition?
I would say it is my ability to remain myself, to remain ‘Mercy’ and not try to be someone else. I have also tried my best to learn, learn and learn all I could from my music director and my co contestants. It is also simply hardwork. My motto is ‘Pay now, play later’. I like to give every song my very best, try to do better than I did the last time. I try to be more creative at what I am doing in a way that is unique.
It is also my vocal dexterity and the whole package that is Mercy. (She laughs)
Why do you think people voted for you overwhelmingly?
Sincerely, I don’t know what people like about me individually because Joe Blue is a wonderful person and performer. Maybe it is my style or myvoice or my hair. I think it is individual. I don’t know what exactly, but I am thankful for it.
For the full interview, click here.