Miles Wilkinson and Reanne White are the winners of this year’s Barbados Talented Teen Pageant which came off last Saturday night at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
The outcome was not much of surprise as, from the start of the show, the two Queen’s College students were clear crowd favorites.
The QC posse, which came out to cheer on their school mates, could not contain their excitement when the two were eventually announced winners.
Reanne took the lion’s share of awards in the female category. She walked away with four out of the eight prizes that were up for grabs – the People’s Choice Female, Best Project, Best Formal Wear and Best interview.
Reanne wore a stunning sliver dress that was cut perfectly for her petite figure.
First runner up, Adrianna Mayers, sang a self-penned song that was so well executed and received, it was adjudged Best Talent. She was consistent in all the other segments.
Second runner up and winner of the Best Introduction segment, Genevah Richards, told a personal story about the hardship and challenges she faced growing up and her struggle to believe that she is beautiful.
In the male category, the prizes were more evenly distributed as the talent competition was quite stiff. In the end, Miles pulled through with his storytelling piece about a male who was in love with a female and was turned down.
He also sang the popular song “I Who Have Nothing” and earned a standing ovation from the crowd for the performance.
Other notable performances came from 2nd runner up, Khamal Scantlebury. He played the steel pan effortlessly to give renditions of a number of Barbadian songs.
First runner-up, John Mark Hazzard, presented a piece about Mr Harding, a popular Bajan folklore character and his impact on the Barbadian society. “You can’t get rid of Mr Harding,” he said.
Saturday night’s pageant, a Kobra Management Caribbean production, was entitled “The Journey” in celebration of Barbados’ journey to Independence 50 years ago. It was a thriller from start to finish.
This is the third year of the pageant. Creative Director, Kofi Branch, said the aim is to give teenagers aged 13-19 a platform to express themselves and channel their energies into something positive in support of their overall development.
Branch told Bajan Vibes: “All the contestants were tasked to prepare a pageant project to look at different areas in Barbados where they thought Barbadians excelled in. They then had to put the information together and present it for judging.”