Trinity Clarke showed the audience gathered at the Divi Southwinds Resort last Sunday night what it meant to be a true professional. She demolished the junior competition to emerge ahead of the field in the ages 6-12 category at the annual Richard Stoute Teen Talent show, despite performing with a hoarse voice.
Even though Clarke was under the weather with a cold, the 11-year-old had the audience in awe as her powerful vocals soared with popular gospel choices He’ll Do It Again and Yet Still I Rise. Although she experienced some difficulty performing Yet Still I Rise in the second half, Clarke persevered to give the audience a hair raising performance, completely grasping their full attention.
The fourth contestant to hit the stage, there was a noticeable difference in the atmosphere as Clarke belted her first opening line. Only her voice echoed throughout the venue; not another voice or whisper could be heard as her presence enthralled everyone present.
In tears as she received the winner’s trophy with her mother Karen Clarke by her side, the little song bird accumulated a total of 889 points. She was closely followed by Shontae Alleyne-Clarke, another audience favourite throughout the preliminaries and semi-finals. Alleyne-Clarke’s performance on Sunday night was her best to date.
The 11-year-old showed incredible development from when she participated in the first preliminary. Maintaining a memorable and exhilarating stage presence, Alleyne-Clarke who was sponsored by Divine Learning was a natural performer singing Listen by Beyonce and One Wing by Jordin Sparks. More so, her vocals on the night were top notch. In comparison to her performance in the preliminaries, Alleyne-Clarke was able to smoothly execute the high notes. Taking the second place position with 887 points, despite falling short by two points, she had commendably improved by leaps and bounds.
The dark horse for the evening was Tahariah Gibbons, who sang Rise Up and Footprints In The Sand. Gibbons accumulated 869 points. With confidence, Gibbons delivered a sound presentation that was in key, securing her third place position.
The only two males in the competition, Tavon Boyce and Kenaz Walker, got special mention by the judges. Boyce received 822 points with his rendition of Hero by Mariah Carey and Wind Beneath My Wings by Bette Wilder. The 12-year-old was a candidate for the top five and he came fourth.
A stable performer, he showed great showmanship but at times his expression conveyed nervousness. When Boyce closed in the second half with the Better Wilder classic, he got a well-deserved round of applause.
Meanwhile, six-year-old Kenaz Walker showed he had steadily improved in every preliminary and competition. The vocal training he received during his tenure paid off as he sang Falling by Alicia Keys and Emmerton by Anthony Gabby Carter.
Unfortunately, during his performance of Emmerton, nerves seemingly got the best of Walker as he forgot his lyrics and rushed off the stage in tears. After he composed himself, he gave a commendable performance and demonstrated that he was one to watch after he silenced the end of the competition with a high note that left many surprised.
Walker received a special prize from the judges for his valiant efforts.