Green shines bright

Green may be the new gold, because last night it

shone brilliantly – Jessica Green, that is. And, no one

came close to her, as she and 14 other teens battled

for a final spot in this year’s first Richard Stoute

Teen Talent Semi-Final. Debuting in the older

category, she comfortably rendered Miley Cyrus’ The

Climb and Set Fire To The Rain by Adele. Most

everything about the 13-year-old’s performance was on

point, leaving some of the audience questioning if this

was the same person who didn’t even place in last year’s

junior competition.

On stage she had the knack of always appearing

enthusiastic. Her diction was clear and presentations

moving in both numbers; and her voice, in good

nick, was strong, passionate, resonating sincerity.

Better known as the “calypso queen”, the Alexandra

School student stepped outside her box, into R&B,

demonstrating her versatility.

Though the names of those moving on to the October

27 final were not announced, what more could the

judges ask for in Jessica? She certainly deserves a place.

The crowd at the Party Stand in Fontabelle,

St. Michael, also gave rousing receptions to Nykeyah

Gittens, who sang I Have Nothing by Whitney

Houston and If I Were A Boy by Beyoncé. She

might gain a final spot but she needs to work more on

her craft. When the 17-year-old hit the powerful high

notes of Houston’s song, it made a fan run through the

aisle screaming Nykeyah’s name.

However, that was about all that mirrored a Whitney

performance. The passion needed to really blast this hit

was non-existent as Nykeyah failed to connect

with the lyrics.

Eighteen-year-old Shardenay Worrell may be one

of the contestants not confident about making a final

spot. Her microphone technique needs improvement. In

both Dusty Springfield’s You Don’t Have To Say

You Love Me and It’s All Coming Back To Me

Now by Celine Dion, Shardenay held the mike too

close to her mouth, and as a result sounded muffled.

Nikita President’s voice is incredibly impressive,

drawing from the audience a quiet, almost as if they are

in awe.

Nikita didn’t have any one leaping to their feet last

night, but patrons were surely listening, swaying and

bobbing their heads to her renditions of Still The

One by Shania Twain and Think Twice by

Celine Dion.

Hopefully, this experience will serve the youngest

contestants nine-year-old Kayla Alleyne and 11-year-old

Destiny Ifill and Malik Stuart well in the future; but last

night they were out of their league.

Also appearing were Sherece Richards, Amanda

Mascoll, Shakir Maynard, Rashida Dixon, Krystal Browne,

Zoe Armstrong, Kerwin Miller and Tasha Mathurin.

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