by Kimberley Cummins
Jamal Springer was left on cloud nine after he was declared winner of the second preliminary of the 36th annual Richard Stoute Teen Talent contest.
Springer satisfied each category the judges demanded of him last night and was deserving of all his 617 points. His voice was strong, his diction was clear, his performance was very good.
After the declaration he was very reserved about the win but the Plantation Garden Theatre showed enough excitement for him and ten others. They lapped up his likeness of John Legend when he performed So High and If You’re Out There — and the theatre exploded in applause.
At the end of the first half both Springer and Kadesha Lovell were tied in first place with 302 points, but he was just too good in the second half and Lovell had to settle for second place with 596 points. She has a beautiful voice and that was best demonstrated in her rendition Etta James’ of All I Can Do Is Cry. On the other hand, the fact that her voice needs further training was evident in her performance of Smash Into You by Beyonc?.
The former Parkinson Memorial student appeared disconnected from the song, she was off key at some points and her voice had no personality. To be a successful entertainer today, one needs to not only have a wonderful voice but a look that separates you from the pack. She is pretty, but her looks were not highlighted because she chose to wear all black in both performances.
Cherish Maynard said she wanted to be a professional entertainer. As a student of the Christ Church Foundation School she was a member of the Foundation pop group, she competed at the National Independence Festival of Creative Arts and also in the Junior Calypso Monarch. This experience evidently assisted the 19 year old; she was declared third with 583 points.
Singing directly from her diaphragm, her voice was extremely strong. At times though at times it appeared as if she was shouting, suggesting a need to work more on voice control. However, the St. Philip resident was dynamic in her performance of Christine Perri’s Jar Of Heart and even better in Chasing Pavements by Adele.
The night was filled with good talent and the judges recommended that Corey King — 567 points, and Sharidanay Worrell — 543 points move on to the next round.
King used his sweet sounding base voice to do the Lord’s work in How Great Is Our God and Draw Me Close To You, and while Worrell was not her best in Young Hearts Run Free, she redeemed herself in her performance of the hit I Am Changing by Jennifer Holliday.
Both 6-12 contestants, Gema Springer — 453 and Janique Archer — 437, progressed to the next round. Other contestants were: Donette Anthony, Erica Best, Tasha Mathurin and Catrina Taitt. Over 21 contestants Anthony Grazette and Paul Legall performed.
Teen Talent Toni Norville tore down the house in her special performances of Need A Friend and Peace Of Mind. 2012 Honouree Lillian Lorde and 2011 winner Everdene Smart also performed.