Fifteen finalists were announced on Sunday at the second semi-finals of the 42nd Richard Stoute Teen Talent competition.
The battle was fierce as all 18 competitors vied to make it to the finals which come off on November 4 at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
The first standing ovation of the night was for Crayshanda St Hill who gave an astonishing performance of No More Nights. The audience screamed and cheered as this young vocalist expertly sung the ballad with all her heart and soul.
The next standing ovation was for Rashida Codrington who passionately sang One Moment In Time. She hit all the notes in the song made famous by Whitney Houston and left the audience enthralled.
Amanda Mascoll, who expertly delivered her rendition of I Have Nothing, received the third standing ovation. She showed her years of experience delivering the song like a seasoned performer with excellent control and pitch-perfect range.
The fourth standing ovation was for Diandra Harris who expertly delivered her rendition of Sky Fall. Harris had a slight stumble in the first half with her delivery of Through The Fire but she bounced back and gave a mind-blowing performance.
There were other stunning performances which left the audience in awe of the vocal ability of the contestants. The first of these was by Jalissa Edwards who sang I Who Have Nothing. She is definitely one to watch in the finals as she showcased her vocal ability and sass.
But if the crown were to be given on Sunday for the most heartfelt performance, then Dianna Price would have been the winner with her passionate rendition of Jealous.
A commanding performance of Edwin Yearwood’s 2017 song Beggars came from Keressa Chase. She showcased her creativity as she came out dressed like a beggar with all the antics to boot. She is truly one to watch in this competition.
The most entertaining performance of the night would have to be Dmitri Hoyte’s rendition of the Lazy Song. The young man truly enjoyed his time on stage as he sang and danced to the lyrics of the song made famous by Bruno Mars.
If creativity was worth 100 points, then Tarique Griffith scored the maximum with his unique and artistic rendition of A Song For You. He was able to emote each line, making the room go silent as the audience listened to his soothing voice. This young man is a natural born vocalist and has a lot of potential.
Also showcasing creativity was Princess Thomas who had one of the most beautiful tones of the evening. She effortlessly sang Let It Go, dramatizing each of the actions as well as showing off her beautiful voice.
What can be said about Tavon Boyce aside from this young man can sing ‘like a lark’. He has a voice which sounds like a seasoned performer and almost effortlessly performed Try It on My Own.
Shontae Alleyne-Clarke also gave a good showing, however, she did not bring the same fire that she brought to win the 6-12 competition. Although she was strong vocally, she was missing the spunk that captured the hearts of the audience just two weeks ago.
When the finalists were announced there were some disappointments. Nine-year-old Roneisha Alleyne wasn’t included in the final 15 but was chosen to be a reserve.
Equally shocking was that Donna-Lisa Yearwood who gave an expert rendition of Writing on The Wall was not allowed to advance. She was also chosen as a reserve.
Also shocking was that young Kenaz Bit Bit Walker’s name was not announced to move on to the finals.
Some can argue that some contestants chosen could have been left out as they lacked the vocal talent of these three powerful singers, but at the end of the day the judges’ decision is final.
The 15 finalists in no particular order are: Jalissa Edwards, Crayshaanda St Hill, Weslon Samuel, Kereesa Chase, Kayla Alleyne, Tavon Boyce, Amanda Mascoll, Rashida Codrington, Tarique Griffith, Shontae Alleyne- Clarke, Diandra Harris, Daianna Price, Casey Jemmott-Boyce, Dmitri Hoyte, Regina Ruck and Princess Thomas. The reserves are Donna-Lisa Yearwood and Roneisha Alleyne. (LG)