Kroseid Kingdom stole many hearts when he first auditioned on last year’s edition of Nigerian Idol. In fact, judge Seyi Shay cry. After winning the show, not much has been heard of the talented musical artist. He recently opened up about his post-show experiences and what he has in store for fans.
ROTIMI IGE brings extracts.
Kingdom Kroseide presented itself to the world in the most splendid way possible. During his very first Nigerian Idol audition at the start of season six, he made one of the judges cry. They were tears of joy because Judge Seyi Shay had finally found someone who had as much talent and conviction as she was looking for.
Kingdom went through all the stages of auditioning to claim a top 11 spot ahead of the live broadcasts. Interestingly, this was not his first attempt at competition. The 24-year-old had previously won a different competition, but said: “Well, I love to sing and competitions have kind of been a thing for me. When I went for Nigerian Idol, I was discouraged. I mean, I had won another contest before, and I didn’t really get it. I didn’t get what I wanted. So I just wanted to come for the competition and do what I love to do – sing.
During the live shows, you could tell that Kingdom had improved tremendously since their first time on the Nigerian Idol stage. First, he improved vocally, unlocking new aspects of his voice that audiences didn’t experience during auditions. Then he improved as a performer. He learned to control the stage, control emotions and even add some dance moves to his performance. Kingdom continued to improve their performance skills in preparation for the release of their first project.
“Nigerian Idol has exposed me a lot to what I face when my songs come out. I will become better in performance, especially my songs. I performed in churches and some of my friends’ concerts. Omawumi invited me twice for listening to his album, and I performed there and on many other platforms. Audiences can identify with my songs and personality in Nigerian Idol.
On July 11, 2021, he defeated the equally talented Francis Atela to win the sixth season of Nigerian Idol.
He described that moment saying, “It was awesome. I thank God because the dream I always thought I had was not just fiction or something unrealistic. I thank God it worked for me. It was one of the most incredible moments of my life. I had always imagined myself singing in front of so many people and receiving very impressive feedback, and then seeing it work. So when I won, it was an incredible feeling.
Since his win, Kingdom’s life has taken a 360-degree turn, and he shared details with FRIDAY TREAT on what’s happened since last July.
“Life after the show has been great. Thank God. Over time I’ve been writing and trying to adapt my sound to the audience and release the best songs. And I think I do most of my writing and my production and waiting for the right time to release the songs. Then I also went to see shows wherever people invited me, and it was great.
Sharing plans for his music, Kingdom says fans should expect his EP this year. “My EP is coming out soon. Expect more singles. For these sets of works I’ve done, you’d see songs that have to do with love, turmoil, and God. Although that doesn’t sound like not gospel, you would also see songs about celebration. A lot of people will be shocked by the kind of songs I’m going to release, and that’s intentional.
Music aside, Kingdom is thrilled to have been able to show that you can do whatever you want. For someone who started singing professionally at 18, it’s almost surreal that he has already earned his first N30million from music. Six years after deciding to take music seriously in college, Kingdom is proving to be an inspiration to many more.
“For me, this is the best time of my life because I love being an inspiration to people. If there’s one thing this process has taught me so far, it’s that every process of this journey has been a lesson. When I started recording I looked like a novice. Now I sound better and am getting better every day. So winning Nigerian Idol has been a nice way to tell people not to give up Im not a motivational speaker but i will tell you this will work for you if you keep doing what you are doing i will tell you it worked for me and trust that it can work for you too.
Through all the change and growth Kingdom has seen this year, its most powerful emotion has been gratitude. The season six winner spoke almost as if he still couldn’t believe his life had now changed a whole year later.
He concluded by sharing, “If there is one thing that I continue to thank God for about my breakthrough so far, it is the fact that I have not only been able to reach Nigerians, I I’ve been able to reach even far, far, and far away. Sometimes I look at my Instagram page, and I’ll see people following me, and I’m like, wow, so this or that person is following me. And I’m so grateful. Every day I can say that I am so grateful. My sound is something that is recognized even outside of Nigeria”.
The seventh season of Nigerian Idol premiered on Sunday, February 6, 2022, and it’s only a matter of time before a new winner emerges. For the seventh season, two new judges, Simi and D’banj, join Obi Asika in the search for Nigeria’s greatest musical talent. The main sponsors of the seventh season of Nigerian Idol are Bigi Drinks and Binance.