Teen talent off on high note

Shontae Alleyne-Clarke stood out as the obvious crowd favourite. It wasn’t a surprise, therefore, when she was named the first place winner with a score of 717 at the first preliminaries of the 2017 Richard Stoute Teen Talent competition last Sunday night.

The ten-year-old took to the stage at the Divi Southwinds Resort and performed One Wing and Listen. It was her sassiness and playful interaction with the audience that earned her many bouts of applause during the performances.

Winner Shontae Alleyne-Clarke (centre) performing her winning song, while others look on.

Alleyne-Clarke clearly knew how to work the crowd and also the stage. Her actual performance of the song selections, though, was satisfactory. A small body with a big voice, at certain points she reached those high notes with ease, maintaining good control of her voice. However, at specific intervals it fell short.

Second placed winner, Jalissa Edwards, had a stellar evening. The 17-year-old arguably came to dominate the competition, from her exquisite outfits to her strong vocals, and was quite a sight to behold. Her rendition of Water From the Moon was well delivered.

However, it was when she came back during the second half in her red dress and belted Through The Fire that her personality and energy transferred to the audience. Commanding the stage, she seemed to thoroughly enjoy performing the second song.

Twelve-year-old, Tavon Boyce, took the third place spot. Singing Hero, followed by Wind Beneath My Wings in the second half, Boyce appropriately chose songs that were within his vocal range. Possessing a crystal clear voice, the 12-year-old’s vocals shone through. A diamond in the rough, it was a breath of fresh air.

Though Shadecia Greenidge did not place, this newcomer to the competition was quite a surprise. She had a rocky start with her performance of Try It On My Own.  Visibly nervous, she didn’t move from the centre of the stage but simply rocked from side to side.

When she completed the song, she walked off the stage with a deep sigh, clearly thankful that it was over. Nevertheless, her compelling vocals were enough to make her one to watch. Unfortunately, her second half performance of When We Were Young was just satisfactory.

In the over 21 category, Zoe Armstrong and Richelle Johnson duked it out. In the end, Armstrong scored 571 points while Johnson received 525 from the judges.

Not a stranger to the competition circuit, Armstrong gave an entertaining and unconventional performance of If I Ain’t Got You and Gravity. The 24-year-old expertly kept in key and displayed her vocal range. She also demonstrated excellent control of her voice.

Meanwhile, Johnson’s initial entry was ill suited for her voice. During her performance of Hurt, she had a good start but gradually lacked energy. However, she was resuscitated with her delivery of My Immortal.

For the first time in its over 40 years of existence, the competition was held in honour of the disabled, with members of the Barbados Council for the Disabled present.

The sole entry for the night under the disabled category was Shane Headley, who sang a social commentary entitled One Blood and the classic Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.

Although Headley exhibited nervousness, he boldly tackled the stage, stressing that all men were equal in the game called life in his performance of One Blood. He exited the stage with a profound message for the audience – One Community, One Blood.

Others who appeared before the judges last Sunday included Amriah Cordice, Lauryn Small and Nymaria Boyce. 

Source: (KK)

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