There was no shortage of creativity or vocals this week at the Richard Stoute Teen Talent as competitors gear up for the semifinals and finals scheduled to begin on September 30.
Everyone put on their A game – so much so that after the first half, fice contestants had amassed 300 points.
The first was Dave Cumberbatch who gave an astonishing rendition of Total Praise. His delivery received resounding applause from the audience. There is no denying that this competitor in the over-21 age category has an incredible vocal range as he amassed 335 points for his performance.
However, one of the standouts of the night was vision impaired Juanita Paul-Gibbs who gave a riveting performance of Whitney Houston’s classic One Moment In Time. She received generous applause and was awarded 305 points.
The battle royal, however, was among three contestants who were all vying for that top position and after the first half, two competitors Amanda Mascoll and Tarique Griffith were separated by five points.
In the first half, Amanda Mascoll gave an amazing performance of If I Ain’t Got You and earned 372 points. However, she was upstaged by Tarique Griffith who gave a creative rendition of A Song For You and received an overwhelming response along with 375 points.
Tavon Boyce was also in the running as he gave an overwhelming rendition of Music and Me. This 13-year-old is definitely one to watch as he effortlessly sang the song hitting the high notes.
Also impressive in the first half was Kayla Alleyne who sang Good To Be Home. Her soft tone allowed her to amass 298 points and Demarko Gill, who gave a beautiful rendition of Go The Distance, was awarded 300 points.
It was up to the second half to decide who would be the winner of the sixth preliminary of the Richard Stoute Teen Talent and three contestants wowed the audience with beautiful renditions which showcased their vocal ability.
First, Amanda Mascoll gave a powerful rendition of Come Out Of The Rain, Tavon Boyce sang Try It On My Own and Tarique Griffith delivered Glory.
At the end of the night, the judges awarded first place to Tarique Griffith with judge Sheldon Hope commenting that his creativity led him to score maximum points in that section. He was awarded 740 points.
Amanda Mascoll must be pleased with her second place performance as she definitely shined and showcased her vocal range. She received 728 points.
In third position was Tavon Boyce who is definitely one to watch as he moves on in the competition. He has a strong voice and a vocal range far beyond his age. He amassed 699 points.
The competition was so keenly contested that two competitors were also allowed to advance to the semifinals. Demarko Gill received 610 points for his renditions of Just The Way You Are and Go The Distance.
Kayla Alleyne was also allowed to advance for her renditions of Good To Be Home and Where You Are and was awarded 615 points.
Also competing were Jaliah Thompson who performed Top of The World and A Change Is Going To Come, Tianah Phillips performed When I Look At You and Palace.
The Richard Stoute Teen Talent continues next week with the first final commencing on September 30. (LG)