The hunt for Barbados’ next superstar has officially begun. The first audition for Baje to the World Season 3 took place Friday night at the Princess Margaret Secondary School. Though some expectant fans arrived hoping to get a glimpse of the proceedings, they were turned away because the audition stage is closed to the public. Creatives are encouraged to come and display their talent away from the glare of the public eye.
In the relaxed setting, six entrants performed for the panel of three judges, which included established members of the entertainment fraternity, John King, Phillip Forrester and Jennifer Sealy.
Most of the participants facing the judges on opening night were vocalists. Performing Arts student Dana Oliver was first on stage, setting a high bar for those that followed.
Each performer brought an essence of who they are to the stage. A definite standout was Emari Browne. His presentation emphasised his development as an artiste from the Junior Monarch competition. His voice seems tailor-made for musical theatre, and he stamped his authority with his confident delivery.
Charles Griffith, Minister of Youth, Sports and Community Empowerment told the media, “What we are hoping to achieve with this is to unearth new talent across the island. This would provide an ideal opportunity for those persons who have talent to showcase their talent, not only in a small community but showcase their talent to the island on a whole.”
Event Producer Dwayne Grazette is encouraging more young people to register for the auditions, which will take place across the island. Though the $20, 000 cash prize and recording contract are an obvious incentive, he assured that the competition has other advantages. He shared, “It is a competition which also helps you to get ready for the real entertainment industry, with the training that we have and the mentors that we have. Apart from the prizes, there are a lot of workshops, preparing you for your money management, branding, costuming, how to perform on stage, the technical part of the career, which is the law, contracts, all of the various things that will set you on the right path for becoming an entertainer on the world stage.”
The competition will be utilising a broad spectrum of talent from the local entertainment scene. Also, interest has spanned from beyond Barbados’ shores. Grazette indicated, “We also have foreign artistes who have reached out to us, some offering songs and wanting to do recordings. We even got a contact from Africa, who has expressed an interest in working with these artistes when they graduate.”
Grazette promises that each season of the competition will bring something new, which adds to the competitive element. He emphasised that diverse acts are welcome. “We want any and everybody that has a talent to come out”. (STT)