Green may be the new gold, because last night it
shone brilliantly – Jessica Green, that is. And, no one
came close to her, as she and 14 other teens battled
for a final spot in this year’s first Richard Stoute
Teen Talent Semi-Final. Debuting in the older
category, she comfortably rendered Miley Cyrus’ The
Climb and Set Fire To The Rain by Adele. Most
everything about the 13-year-old’s performance was on
point, leaving some of the audience questioning if this
was the same person who didn’t even place in last year’s
On stage she had the knack of always appearing
enthusiastic. Her diction was clear and presentations
moving in both numbers; and her voice, in good
nick, was strong, passionate, resonating sincerity.
Better known as the “calypso queen”, the Alexandra
School student stepped outside her box, into R&B,
demonstrating her versatility.
Though the names of those moving on to the October
27 final were not announced, what more could the
judges ask for in Jessica? She certainly deserves a place.
The crowd at the Party Stand in Fontabelle,
St. Michael, also gave rousing receptions to Nykeyah
Gittens, who sang I Have Nothing by Whitney
Houston and If I Were A Boy by Beyoncé. She
might gain a final spot but she needs to work more on
her craft. When the 17-year-old hit the powerful high
notes of Houston’s song, it made a fan run through the
aisle screaming Nykeyah’s name.
However, that was about all that mirrored a Whitney
performance. The passion needed to really blast this hit
was non-existent as Nykeyah failed to connect
with the lyrics.
Eighteen-year-old Shardenay Worrell may be one
of the contestants not confident about making a final
spot. Her microphone technique needs improvement. In
both Dusty Springfield’s You Don’t Have To Say
You Love Me and It’s All Coming Back To Me
Now by Celine Dion, Shardenay held the mike too
close to her mouth, and as a result sounded muffled.
Nikita President’s voice is incredibly impressive,
drawing from the audience a quiet, almost as if they are
Nikita didn’t have any one leaping to their feet last
night, but patrons were surely listening, swaying and
bobbing their heads to her renditions of Still The
One by Shania Twain and Think Twice by
Hopefully, this experience will serve the youngest
contestants nine-year-old Kayla Alleyne and 11-year-old
Destiny Ifill and Malik Stuart well in the future; but last
night they were out of their league.
Also appearing were Sherece Richards, Amanda
Mascoll, Shakir Maynard, Rashida Dixon, Krystal Browne,
Zoe Armstrong, Kerwin Miller and Tasha Mathurin.