The Richard Stoute Teen Talent competition continued its legacy of finding some of the most dynamic vocalists in Barbados as its fifth preliminary kicked off on Sunday.
This week two persons achieved more than 300 points in the first half – Kenaz Bit Bit Walker and Zoe Armstrong.
Who says that a seven-year-old cannot have vocal range, style and sass at such a young age?
Because Bit Bit had all of that and more. He continued to create his mark on history’s page with his resounding performances of Please Give Bit Bit The Crown and Unchained Melody. This allowed him to become the youngest person to ever win a preliminary of Richard Stoute Teen Talent. He amassed 644 points for his beautiful renditions which received resounding applause from the audience.
Zoe Armstrong also wowed the audience as she sang her renditions of Halo and I Dreamt A Dream. She put her own spin on the popular hits and received 622 points from the judges, which allowed her to advance to the finals of the Under 21 competition.
Also noteworthy was Jovane Bowen who showed her vocal ability singing Saving All My Love and Love On The Brain. She placed second with 585 points.
There were also some competitors who when given a second chance, shined. That was the case of Machia O’Donnell-Small who thrilled the audience with her renditions of Foolish Games and God Will Make A Way. She secured third position with 513 points.
Also performing was Chrisanna Stoute, who, despite receiving an overwhelming response for her rendition of Carry Your Candle and God Will Make A Way, was not allowed to advance to the semi-finals.
Kiah Shurland also gave a good performance of How Far I’ll Go and We Got To Have An Understanding. With a bit more training she will be one to watch next year if she re-enters the competition. Ranesha Stewart gave average renditions of God On The Mountain and Footprints In The Sand. It appears her management team needs to be more mindful in selecting songs that suit her vocal range.
Alicia Alleyne gave solid performances of Say Something and Weakness In Me. It was a surprise when she was not allowed to advance to the semifinal round.
This week, the competition’s honorary performer Screw Face decided to treat the audience to popular songs such as Thinking Out Loud and Let Her Go. He got the audience to sing along as they enjoyed the more subdued side of his performance compared to his popular soca selection Banana Republic. (LG)