The spectacular talent of young Barbadians was again on show last Sunday at the sixth Richard Stoute Teen Talent preliminary held at the Divi Southwinds hotel.
From a very talented group, quite like the previous week’s, Destiny Ifill emerged the winner. She sang two soulful renditions of The Way We Are and I’ve Gotta be Me to amass a total of 657 points and gain automatic advancement to the semifinals.
Just one point separated the second and third runners-up. Kristin Herbert, singing Alicia Keys’. No One and Rihanna’s Stay, earned 608 points while Jalissa Edwards collected 607 points for her renditions of Keshia White’s Weakness In Me and Carrie Underwood’s Jesus Take the Wheel.
The talent was of such good quality that in addition to the top three, an additional two contestants, Keonai Walker and Welson Samuels, also advanced to the semifinal round.
Walker gave good performances of Just When I Needed You Most and My Immortal to earn 588 points. Samuels sang I Am I Said, made popular by Neil Diamond, and Lean on me to end on 567 points.
Christine Carter was the lone participant in the Over 21 competition. She sang. When You Tell Me That You Love Me and Love Will Be Our Home.
Last Sunday night’s show also featured performances by Kareesa Chase, Shaunette Alleyne, Reaan King, Alicia Alleyne Yahandje Daniel and Jessica Green from the previous week’s show.
Last year’s winner, Cherece Richards, also gave an incredible performance of One Wing.