The future of soca came in the embodiment of Casey Jemmott-Boyce last Sunday night during the 7th preliminaries in the Richard Stoute Teen Talent competition. The nine-year-old was announced as the winner after a praiseworthy performance of . Believe and This Golden Chain.
She showed such great talent that she received a total of 572 points from the judges. Jemmott-Boyce was pleasantly surprised and overwhelmed when she heard the announcement, but this was to be expected after she walked on to the stage with the mind-set of a calypso relic.
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Amirah Cordice gained second place with 560 points. Cordice confidently sang Lioness Is on the Rise by Queen Ifrica in the first half of the competition. With her deep voice and playful attitude, she had the audience rocking to her groove. In the second half, Cordice flaunted her vocal abilities as she performed a reggae edition of Dance with My Father by Luther Vandross.
Taking the third place spot with a total of 549 points, Dillian Broome, the sole male for the night, was well received by the audience and his honey-dewed vocals were warmly applauded as he sang All of Me by John Legend and Above All.
Nineteen-year-old Nicole Sealy was another of the riveting vocal talents for the night. Sealy sang You Light Up My Life by Debbie Boone and All The Man I Need by Whitney Houston like a professional, hitting all the right notes and captivating the audience with just her voice alone.
Also facing the judges were Kemara Blenman, Lauryn Small and Shannell Richardson who gave their best on the night.
In the over 21 segment, Christopher Padmore brought down the house in the first and second half with the First Time Ever I Saw Your Face and Here I Am. A crowd favourite and top contender for the semi-finals, Padmore’s deep voice loudly projected throughout the St Lawrence, Christ Church district earning him a score of 628 in the competition – the highest score for the night.
His competitor in the over 21 category was Kerri King. King sang No One by Alicia Keys and Hate That I Love You by Rihanna in the second half. However, her first attempt fell short as she struggled to make the high notes in the 2007 hit and was continuously out of key. However, she revived herself in front of the judges as she delivered with confidence and ease.
With the closing off of the preliminaries for the 41st Richard Stoute Teen Talent Competition, it will be back to the starting line for the top three as the semi-finals commence next week.