The race is on to find the Richard Stoute Teen Talent 2018 winner.
On Sunday, all fourteen contestants definitely brought their A game to the stage; some giving their all to each note to ensure that when the fifteen finalists are announced by Chief Judge Sheldon Hope their name is on the cards.
Nine-year-old Roniesha Alleyne was definitely one of the stars of the night as she received a standing ovation for her rendition of Rise Up in the first half of the show. There is no denying that this young pupil of Deacon’s Primary School can sing as she effortlessly hit the big notes with a beautiful falsetto. She is one likely to advance to the finals when they are announced on October 14.
She was not the only one to make patrons stand on their feet as young opera singer Regina Ruck left the audience speechless as she sang The Holy City in her full operatic voice. Patrons stood and clapped as they remained spellbound by the beautiful voice that emerged from Ruck. She is also likely to receive the nod from the judges for the finals.
Kayla Alleyne also gave an enthralling performance of Lord You’re Holy in the first half as the audience clapped and cheered as she delivered a powerful rendition of the spiritually uplifting song. With this rendition, she should be one to advance to the finals.
Let’s not forget the performance by Donna-Lisa Yearwood of Writings On The Wall. It was nothing short of outstanding as members of the audience screamed, wailed and cheered as she passionately sang the Sam Smith classic.
I am sure that if the Grammy awarded multi-platinum artiste was at Divi South Winds, he would have risen to his feet and cheered on Yearwood’s amazing rendition.
The wildcard of the night would definitely have to be Amirah Cordice who expertly delivered Whitney Houston’s classic I Look To You. It was a completely different selection, and she did it amazing justice while choosing to make her mark on the song showcasing her lower register.
But if cuteness, performance and vocal range were to be judged on the night, then seven-year-old Tykairi Sargeant would have been declared the winner. He entertained the audience with his rendition of Ben and I’ll Be There. In the latter, he received a standing ovation as he passionately sang the song made famous by The Jackson 5.
Not to be forgotten was Weslon Samuels who expertly delivered Cry Me A River. He showcased both his base and tenor voice with the hit classic. He should be one to watch in the finals if he gets the nod.
Equally entertaining was the lone country singer Janisha Best who did a resounding rendition of Don’t You Remember and One and Only. She should definitely advance to the finals.
The lone calypsonian in the competition, Casey Jemmott-Boyce, gave creditable renditions of Save This Country and Bring Back Respect. It will be up to the judges to decide if, with the tight competition that emerged on the night, she will receive a nod.
Also entertaining was young Sheriah Gibson who performed His Strength is Perfect and Emerton. The future is bright for this young lady as she has a beautiful tone and a smile that would melt your heart. She is one likely to advance to the finals should the judges agree.
However, there was one disappointment of the night. Machia O’ Donnel-Small seemed to let her nerves get the better of her. She started off the song Out here on my own well and generated applause from the audience before she went into an off-key rendition, causing organizer Richard Stoute to shake his head in disbelief.
Hopefully, with some vocal training she will give a better showing next year if she decides to re-enter. (LG)