“Unique” Teen Talent reaches 40
A constellation of Barbadian stars appeared at the Hilton last night as supporters of entertainer Richard Stoute got together to pay tribute to the man who, for two decades, has been exposing gifted youth through his talent competition.
Some of the 20 who performed had barely been in their teens when they appeared in the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Competition, with many crying before being coaxed onto the stage. Last night, as supreme performers who have appeared on stages around the world, they sang their hearts out for the 40th Anniversary of the competition.
Except for a 20-minute break, there was never a lull in entertainment for the surprisingly small audience as Aziza, Blood, iWeb, Donella, Adrian Clarke, and Toni Norville shared the stage with other top performers, for over three hours.
In tribute to the enormity of the show’s contribution to Barbados’ massive collection of world-class musicians, a former Teen Talent contestant, Ray Armstrong, said: “If we had decided to hold a show with all the Richard Stoute Teen Talent competitors, on one single night, Barbados would be shut down.”
Patron of the event, Central Bank Governor, Dr. DeLisle Worrell, spoke of the show’s contribution to uncovering “native singing talent”.
”Those of us who are old enough remember how scarce were the opportunities back in the day,” he said. “Today there are many more avenues, but the Teen Talent remains the most inclusive and the most accessible.”
”The competition has created a new and unique institution, and a special community, composed of all the fans, supporters and well-wishers who attend the events. The Richard Stoute Teen Talent Competition . . . is uniquely Barbadian.”
The Central Bank Governor added: “I have no doubt that there are teen talent shows all around the world, but there is only one Richard Stoute Teen Talent, and you will find it only in Barbados. Only here will you find this vibe and this energy.”