by Kimberley Cummins
David Director Howard was the shining star on a night of nominal talent at the sixth preliminary of the annual Richard Stoute Teen Talent contest.
However, last night the judges saw the level of talent differently, and as a result, history was created.
Of the 11 performers who competed, 10 have moved on to the next round nonetheless Howard’s performance would most be remembered.
He earned 715 points, the most for the season thus far, for his renditions of Not Over You and It’s Not That Easy. Standing on top of the Plantation Garden Theatre stage he was probably thanking his aunt for seeing in him what he did not see in himself at the time when she pushed him to enter the contest.
He is truly talented and has come a long way from when he first entered the competition in 2010. His voice was crisp, smooth, jazzy and at times playful but noteworthy, unlike a lot of the contestants who sing the same popular tunes continually, he is never afraid to step outside his comfort zone (that is, if he has any) and experiment with his song selections showing range and his vocal prowess.
As the Barbados Community College student sang, he did so in an unforced way, smiling and interacting all the while with the audience. He had a way of making almost every woman blush with thoughts that he was singing a love song and it was dedicated only to her – he was just wonderful.
Seven hundred and three points earned Jonathan Jeffrey second place. He was a favourite with the women; because of his polished look as he entered the stage the females in the audience erupted in screams of his name. Singing Heart Attack and John Legend’s So High he figuratively brought women to their knees. He did a credible job, his voice was good and diction was clear. A man with a sensational voice and an attractive form has become rare in performers but the former The St. Michael School lad demonstrated that they still exist when he proved he had the entire “package”. After his performance purchasing tickets to attend the Jonathan Jeffrey’s Show may be a reality in the next five years.
Kibibi Greenidge’s placing was the worst received of the night by the audience- she was third with 690 points. As patrons left the St. Lawrence, Christ Church venue, Barbados TODAY overheard some disagreeing with her results. The judge’s decision, though final, on many occasions leave witnesses to question if they watched the same contest as everyone else did, on this occasion it was warranted.
She was good singing Out On A Limb, it had the soulful Anita Baker type effect and at the end of the first half she was leading the pack with 354 points. On the other hand, her downfall would have had to be when she decided to sing standing in front of a standing microphone refusing to move at all to render All I Can Do Is Cry. Therefore compared to the other contestants who utilised the stage, her level of difficulty was not as high.
Tasha Mathurin was one recommended to advance with 672 points. A vocal coach once said that everyone has a good singing voice, it was just a case of some people may need more training than others and such is the case of Mathurin. While her voice was not the “best”, she has a persistent spirit and is always willing and that should take her far.<
Others who were recommended were: Shakir Maynard 671, Jamina Smith 597, Erica Best 596, Janaeli Harding 589.
The six to 12 year old contestants who have also advanced were: Malik Stuart with 615 points and Jada Colucci, she earned 446.
2012 Honouree Lillian Lorde showed that she could still sing performing Take Me Deeper and That Name and 2011 monarch Everdene Smart performed A Voice In My Head and I Love The Lord. Other guests were: Over 21 contestants Angelo Beckles, Richmond Reid and Tasha Seale. [email protected]