Fourteen talented teens were chosen last Sunday night to contest the final of the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Competition on November 6 at Hilton Barbados.
Those finding favour with the judges after completion of the second semifinal were Shaunette Alleyne, Maaisa Clarke, Neesha Welch, Gabrielle Yearwood, Raanan Hackett, The Right Combanation, Yahandje Daniel, Tahirah Gibbons, Daesha Brathwaite, Tarique Griffith, Jessica Green, Kenya Joseph, Alicia Alleyne and Rashida Codrington.
Contestant Destiny Ifill will get a chance to go before the judges next week during the final of the Over-21 competition, after missing Sunday’s teen semifinal because of illness. It is a rather strange situation as it is likely the final will have 15 entrants and with Ifill the solitary person left to be judged, it could be a case of her being a certainty to advance or one of those not selected from the semifinals getting that 15th spot.
There were several exciting performances on Sunday with Daniel’s renditions of Water Under The Bridge and All The Love In The World another reminder of her tremendous promise.
Joseph was absolutely fabulous in the first half with I Can’t Let Go and even though her voice wavered slightly at the end of her second half rendition of Love Will Lead You Back, she did enough to make the cut for the final very comfortably. Many have tipped her to win the coveted title this year.
Green also impressed with her renditions of Foolish Games and Set Fire To The Rain. Green’s strength is her diction which is perhaps second to none in the competition and on Sunday she was flawless in that category once again.
In a competition that is heavily dominated by females, Griffith and Hackett are the only male solo acts to have advanced to the final. Both were on top of their game during the semifinal. Griffith was excellent with his renditions of If Only For One Night and All Is Fair In Love, while Hackett continued to demonstrate that entertainment runs deep within him with his performances of You’re No Good and De Vision.
Last Sunday’s semifinal provided the majority of the finalists with the Right Combanation, Brathwaite, Clarke and Yearwood the four to emerge from the first semifinal.
Also appearing before the judges in Sunday’s second semifinal were Jalissa Edwards, Kristin Herbert, Reann King and Shontae Alleyne-Clarke.