Youngsters shine on Digicel Rising Stars


July 09, 2016
Contributed Monifa Goss made a passionate delivery of Beyonce's 'Listen'.
Contributed Lil K-Ron channeled the late Pop icon, Prince, with his spirited performance of 'When Doves Cry'.
Contributed Crowd-pleaser Ashley Grey left no emotion out of her performance.
Contributed Musical duo TNT gave a soulful rendition of Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston's classic, 'When You Believe'.
Contributed Kelly took on the challenge of singing Adele's hit song, 'Chasing Pavements'.
Contributed Seven of the young Digicel Rising Stars hopefuls pose for the camera following the second live show on TVJ. (L-R) DJ, Kelly, TNT, Monifa Goss, Lil K-Ron, The Gifted One and Ashley Grey.?

With the oldest contestant being just 22, this week's final seven Rising Stars hopefuls consisted of a group of young stars with big voices and even bigger personalities.

While contestants like 16-year-old Dwayne 'DJ' Lewis and Sherine 'Kelly' Morris started off the night with what the judges called "tame" performances, the show only got better as the night went on.

Keron 'L'il K-Ron' Miller channelled the late pop icon Prince in his performance of When Doves Cry, paying a fitting tribute to Prince with a sweet voice and funky dance moves to match. He was followed by Ashley Grey, 17, who gave a memorable rendition of Jessie J's Who You Are. One of the strongest vocalists of the night, the judges heaped praises on Grey.

Alex 'The Gifted One' Richards brought the energy with his cover of Christopher Martin's Take My Wings, which caught the attention of guest judge Stacey 'Stacious' Scarlett and Conroy Wilson but which left Anthony Miller "bored". Sixteen-year-old Monifa Goss managed to perk up Anthony's ears with an emotional cover of BeyoncE's Listen, which the judges said was the best performance of the night.

Twins Tia and Tika Rutherford, or 'TNT', closed the show with a very competent cover of Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey's hit song, When You Believe.

Stacious observed: "I believe new life will be pumped into the show because of the change in the age range of the contestants. My advice to the young stars is that they should either try to bring a fresh approach to the competition or they tackle more old-school hits to show some maturity and creativity."

Miller also had some advice for the contestants: "I encourage the contestants to take more risks and break out of their shells more. The twins, Tia and Tika Rutherford, and Monifa are the contestants that are on top. Sixteen-year-old Keron Miller had a captivating performance and we should look out for contestants like these."

From the previous week, Monique 'Moni' Brissett and Chavanna Chambers received the lowest votes in the competition and were eliminated. This week, another two contestants will also face elimination unless they get enough votes to secure a spot in the top 10. Voting closes at 5 p.m. on Sundays before the live show, which is aired at 8 p.m. on TVJ.

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