The X Factor music reality show has officially started after nine contestants emerged from the several weeks of rigorous auditions.

The nine contestants will now battle for the N24 million cash prize offered by show sponsors, Globacom, as well as a recording contract with Sony Music.

•The successful X Factor contestants
•The successful X Factor contestants

The lucky contestants are; Ethel Esi Eshun, Michael Inalegwu Ogah, Philip Otuya, Mohie Patience Uyoyo Oghene, Obianuju Catherine Udeh and Victoria Ebi Gomoti.

Others include DNA Twins, Symphony and Smooth Boiz.

All the contestants began their live performances with ease as admirers, fans, families and press stormed the Bamako Studio for the first time after the auditions to watch their favourite contestants perform live.

The first performance of the competition came from Michael Inalegwu Ogah a.k.a The Ankara Boi, after which 49 years old Patience Oghene rendered Tina Turner’s What’s Love Got To Do.

It was a night to remember and cherish as notable entertainment icons were around to lend support for the show. Ovation International Publisher, Otunba Dele Momodu; Yaw of Wazobia FM; Burna Boy and Olisa Adibua gave glowing tributes to Globacom for bringing the X Factor show to Africa.

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