Leonard, Maisamari Families Evicted From MDA 8 Academy

picture is gradually becoming clearer and the dance battle for the N10 million
grand prize getting intense as the Maltina Dance All 8 academy makes steady
progress. The Leonard and Maisamari families could not stand the twist, turns,
frills and intensity of the show as they became the first two families to be
evicted from the show described as Nigeria’s number one family dance show.

two were evicted from the show after performing the Wazobia (Nigeria’s
indigenous dance) and Jive dance routines.  They got the judges sledge
hammer because of their inability to creatively satisfy them with their

irst eviction showdown had four families locking horns to remain in
the Academy. The Dide and Leonard families had earlier been placed on possible
t after their Wazobia
performance show
, while Oladapo and Maisamari could
not impress the judges after the Jive performance. After what the judges’ trio
of Muyiwa Osinaike, Comfort Fedoke and Jeffery Page described as
performance at the
various performance shows, they were given an order to redeem their image and
justify their stay in the academy.

Oladapo Family set the tone for the Wazobia performance at the eviction night
with Nkpokiti dance from Eastern Nigeria, Maisamari and Leonard families rocked
with owigiri/ agene and Dide family nailed it with Bata dance from the South

Muyiwa Osinaike said
most of the families who have participated at the eviction show down from the
past till present always come back to the stage with so much vibrancy and
determination; he thus commended them for their Wazobia performance.

Jive performance, which turned out to be a night of emotion, opened with an
energetic display by Dide family with a song titled ‘this head I hold.’ They
left the floor for Leonard Family with ‘One way or another.’ The Maisamari’s
hit the stage with ‘Living La vida loca’ while the Oladapo’s closed the night
performance with ‘don’t stop me now.’

When it was time
for the judges to announce the families that would be evicted 
the tension in the atmosphere was quite palpable as they found it challenging determining the two families that would leave
the academy
. One of the judges Comfort
Fedoke, a professional dancer who spoke said the Jive performance described the
family performance as an improvement from the initial show.

After the high powered judges
, they collectively reached the conclusion
that the Leonard
 and Maisamari families did
not prove that they could make it to the next phase of the competition, this
earned them their evictions

Page one of the judges
, disclosed that the  families lacked the basic elements of Wazobia and Jive and that their
performances was a comedy of error because he did not feel the power and
technique needed for them to perfect the routines.

not withstanding, the evicted
family representatives commended Maltina for the opportunity granted them to
display their inbuilt talent and learn new dance styles. They promised to keep working
on the key learnings from the judges’ corrections and improve on his dance
routines outside the academy.

Apart from the N10 million grand prize, the first and second
runners-up in the competition will take home N3 million and N1 million

The show, which hit the airwaves on September 7, 2014, is being
shown on AIT (7-8pm) daily, Silverbird TV (9-10 pm) and Ebony Live TV (7pm)
Weekdays and (8.30pm) weekend, while the grand finale would be aired live on
AIT and Africa Magic channels on DSTV. Viewers who miss any edition can still
catch all the action on YouTube, Facebook and the Maltina website.


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