The final 15 were announced at the closing round of semi-finals of the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Contest on Sunday at Divi Southwinds.
After 17 young hopefuls had performed, their scores were tallied together with those of the top contestants from last week. Chief Judge Sheldon Hope announced the finalists –– comprising mainly the 13-21 age category –– for the show slated for Hilton Barbados on Sunday, November 8.
They are Daryan Jordan, Selwyn Sivers, Kristal Brathwaite, Cherece Richards, Iesha Moses, Rashida Codrington, Neesha Welch, Destiny Ifill, Amanda Mascoll, Tarique Griffith, Kayla Alleyne, Daesha Scantlebury, Naheem and Nakeem Wahid, Kenya Joseph and Ziggy Harris.
The finalists announced were generally crowd favourites, having performed fairly consistently throughout
While the judges deliberated, the audience was entertained by 2014 winner SadО Marshall, who showcased her versatility with three songs.
A prize was awarded by the contest’s namesake Richard Stoute to Amanda Mascoll’s father for being the most involved parent of a contestant.
It was also announced there would be two additional prizes, sponsored respectively by the family of the late Irvin Fatman Weekes, a past contestant, and Norquest Hygiene & Pest Control chief executive Clairmonte Pompey Pilgrim for Best Performance and Best Original Song.
The six remaining contestants who performed at the closing semi-final were Krystal Browne, Daianna Price, Adonnia Freeman, Mya and Aisha Alcide, Keonai Walker and Mikayla Williams.
Of the final three Over-21 performers, including Crystal Hope, Jason Stowe made the final 12, while Matthew Rock was named a reserve. The top 12 contestants for the Over-21 Finals will perform at Divi Southwinds on Sunday, November 1.