Returning Hopefuls - Digicel Rising Stars audition sees familiar faces
The opportunity for another chance at stardom was what motivated many to attend the first of six auditions for the 13th season of Digicel Rising Stars in Westmoreland last Sunday.
Usually quiet on a Sunday, Mannings School was awakened by beautiful - and sometimes not so beautiful - sounds of hopefuls vying for a spot on the coveted talent show.
While there were many new faces travelling from as far as Black River, St Elizabeth, the day was filled with persons taking a second and even 13th shot at stardom.
Armed with a never say never attitude was 'Honest'. "I have been auditioning for Rising Stars since the first year and I've never made it past this round. This year will be my last year at trying so I hope I make it through," she said.
Sharing their 'honest' opinion, the preliminary judges never gave Honest a chance after hearing her rendition of Kenny Rogers' Lucille.
Things were looking more promising for Denna McLeod and Christina Kerr. Both ladies were third and second time tryouts respectively.
Denna, who sings at a few of the north coast hotels, is no stranger to the show, having been Anthony Miller's wildcard pick last season but lost out to then contestant Amoy. "Each year it gets better for me, this year I am going to be me and make Jamaica enjoy Denna," she shared.
For Kerr, a 5th form student at Frome Technical High, lack of confidence was what she attributed to her previous failure but was seemingly more assured of her chances this year.
Both McLeod and Kerr made it past the judging trio of Anthony Miller, Conroy Wilson and Stacious. Now they have to wait to see if their talent will get them a spot in the televised rounds.
The Digicel Rising Stars auditions will continue on Sunday at the Island Village Plaza, Ocho Rios starting at 8 a.m.