Richard Stoute Teen Talent Competition kicked off its 42nd year with its first preliminary held on Sunday at Divi South Winds.
It is fair to say that there is a lot of hidden talent nestled within Barbados; one such example being Crayshanda St Hill as she wowed the audience with her rendition of Hallejuah and Like A Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
None of the persons who sat in the audience could argue that she was not well deserving of a first place position. However, the judges believed that she was not as good as Chris-Anna Baird who amassed 651 points to St Hill’s 638.
Baird was equally impressive with her soulful tone as she sang Love On A Two Way Street and Hopefully Devoted To You.
Third place went to Dawn Lisa St Hill who showcased her originality putting her own spin on popular hits Writing On The Wall and Love on The Brain. She amassed 617 points.
15-year-old opera singer Regina Ruck was impressive as she sung Ave Maria and Flying Free. Surprisingly, she did not advance to the next round of competition.
Roberta Simms was another surprise, expertly singing Body and Soul and All I Ask. She also failed to move on to the next round of competition. If the judges were allotting points on vocal ability, then one must wonder why she, as well as Regina Ruck, were not given the nod.
In his brief remarks, organizer and founder of the competition Richard Stoute asked for continued prayers for veteran entertainer William Smokey Burke as he continues to battle an unknown ailment at the Intensive Care Unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
The competition continues next Sunday, August 19 at Divi South Winds at 7 p.m. (LG)