Returning DRS hopefuls shine in Mandeville
For many of the hopefuls trying out for the Digicel Rising Stars show in Mandeville on Sunday, this would finally be their year. Quite a number of contestants pointed out that this was not their first time trying out for the competition.
Kemar Williams, 20, from Alligator Pond, Manchester, is testament to this, having attended the auditions for the past three years. "I told myself that I wouldn't stop trying until I got through," shared Williams. "Last year, Anthony Miller told me that my voice was okay, but I chose the wrong song. So I went home, did my homework, practised, and I came out confident this year, so I feel my chances are very strong."
Similarly, Courtni Cunningham from Christiana came back with a new strategy this year, having joined forces with guitarist and singer Jermaine Henry. "I tried out in Portmore last year, but I never went through. I don't think I was ready enough at that time," said Cunningham, 20. "But I've been singing with Jermaine for over a year now, and he has helped to build my confidence a whole lot, so I knew it would be a good idea to try out as a duet."
Sharon Schroeter, producer of the series, said: "It's fantastic when the participants take the feedback from the judges, go home, work on their craft, and come back ready to take the show in a year's time. When they put in the hard work and come back and stun the judges, we know they're serious about their dream, and that's the kind of people that will make it on the show."