Shontae Alleyne-Clarke dominated the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Competition with her powerful renditions of Jennifer Hudson’s And I Am Telling You and Bridge Over Troubled Waters.
The 11-year-old student of Combermere School showed her sass as she passionately sang the two songs delivering astonishing runs. She received a standing ovation, screams, cheers, and whistles from the audience as they sat and watched a superstar performance emerge from the body of an 11-year-old.
Some members of the audience shouted – ‘Shontae now win!’ There was huge jubilation after the delivery of And I Am Telling You as persons were shocked that Clarke could hit and in some cases surpass the notes sung by internationally renowned artiste Jennifer Hudson.
She was eventually declared the winner of the 6-12 competition, thereby creating history as the first contestant in decades to score above 900 points. Clarke amassed 937 points to the delight of her family, friends, and the audience who jumped, cheered and cried as they watched her take the coveted trophy.
However, it was not an easy walk in the park as she was keenly challenged by seven-year-old Kenaz Bit Bit Walker who expertly delivered Unchained Melody and Please Give Bit Bit The Crown. Young Bit Bit has a voice that surpasses his age with a crystal clear tone which is absolutely beautiful. He received a well-deserved second place as he amassed 856 points for his renditions which left the audience screaming, whistling and cheering at the quality of singing emanating from the seven-year-old.
Let’s not forget the stellar performance by Crayshanda St Hill. From her first note, it was evident that she came to win as she sang with confidence and grace which was met with her killer vocals. St Hill expertly delivered the song No More Rain, receiving screams, whistles, and cheers from the audience at the amount of vocal range that she possessed. But it was her performance of Hallelujah that left the audience speechless as they sat and listened to her beautiful runs and riffs which highlighted her powerful voice.
At this time, the audience noted that they were unsure as to who had placed 2nd in the competition as both Walker and St Hill had given their all to their performances. However, St Hill had to settle for a well-deserved third place with 821 points.
At the end of the night, Chief Judge Sheldon Hope credited the parents for allowing their children to look like they were children competing in a junior competition. He also took the time to acknowledge the individual that placed 4th in the competition. That person was nine-year-old Roneisha Alleyne who wowed the audience with her vocal range as she effortlessly hit the high falsetto notes in Rise Up and The Climb. She is definitely one to watch as she matures. Her voice is mind-blowing at the tender age of nine.
Special mention was also made of seven-year-old Tykairi Sargeant who truly dramatized all the elements of his Michael Jackson songs to the point that it could be said that it was a tribute to the late King of Pop. In the first half as he sang Ben he came onto the stage holding his pet rat and passionately sung about his friend Ben who a lot of persons did not understand.
In the second half, Sargeant not only sang another Michael Jackson song but came out dressed in the full Michael Jackson ensemble matched with the white sparkling gloves. He entertained the audience with his beautiful voice and his moves which involved him throwing the hat off the stage just like MJ did in his concerts.
The contestants and members of the audience were treated to a surprise guest performance by young Barbadian Trinity Clarke. The audience screamed and shouted; some took out their phones to capture the moment as she sang Wings Beneath My Wings and God is Good.
It must be noted that all seventeen performers did an excellent job and must be commended as they made the show held on Sunday the spectacle that it was.
Next week, it is the turn of the Teen Talent semi-finals. The first preliminary kicks off on Sunday at Divi South Winds at 7 p.m. (LG)