Kayla Alleyne emerged at the top with 797 points, ahead of 11 other contestants, at the 6-12 Finals of the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Contest at Divi Southwinds on Sunday. The 11-year old student of The Alexandra School was visibly moved as the results were announced just after 11p.m., before she sang one of her winning songs, Happy, to conclude the show.
Kayla told Barbados TODAY she aimed to “become an artiste [of] inspirational or classical music”.
In second place was Neesha Welch, offering strong performances of That Name and Caribbean Unity; and in third, by just one point less, was the equally talented Daesha Scantlebury with The Revelation Song and The Climb.
Kiah Shurland was recognized for being the Youngest Contestant.
Emceed by Richard Stoute himself, in white from head to toe, each 6-12 contestant received a medallion for his or her efforts, and the top three winners were also awarded trophies. Five judges, headed by Sheldon Hope, based their decisions on voice (40 points), diction (20 points), stage performance (20 points) and creativity (20 points).
The cash prizes will be given at the main awards ceremony in November.
Providing entertainment during the first half and judges’ deliberation were Mico Johnson with I Believe and duo Nadia Holder and Jamal Springer with Hold You In A Song.
The other talented young contestants were Keneisha Norville, Kiah Shurland, Mikayla Williams, Selwyn Sivers, Tavon Boyce, Rhianna Peterkin, Daianna Price, Fazeena Bassalat and Keonai Walker. They sang from predominantly gospel-themed selections like My Redeemer Lives, Worthy Is The Lamb and Hallelujah.
Damien Smith was the Over-21 winner with 706 points with No More Nights and This Time. Also competing in this category were Ian Bartlett (Making Love Out Of Nothing At All and I Said I Love You But I Lied), and Mike Grannum (Only A Fool Breaks His Own Heart and Endlessly).