Monifa, Elton lead DSR


July 30, 2016
Contributed The top nine contestants on Digicel Rising Stars pose for a photo after the show.
Contributed Kelly's fierce look did nothing to convey the message in the song she performed.
Contributed Christina Kerr gave it her all, but battled with vocal issues.
Contributed With a far-improved look, girl group ANE got a second chance as Anthony Miller's wildcard.
Contributed Elton Earlington's performance put him in the lead
Contributed Khorous gave his all in his performance of Christopher Martin's 'Big Deal'.
Contributed Monifa Goss gave a spunky performance of Ikaya's Ugly Girl
Contributed Alaine's wildcard, Chynn used her big voice to deliver an even bigger performance.

Monifa, Elton lead DSR

In a wild turn of events, Digicel Rising Stars (DRS) judge Anthony Miller saved girl group ANE from elimination when he opted to give them a second chance as his wild card. This came after a disappointing presentation of A Taste of Honey's 1978 classic 'Boogie Oogie Oogie' by his original wild card selections, Shauntel D and Ashley Grey.

Themed Reggae/Dancehall Night, a few of the contestants made bold moves going for some classic Jamaican selections, while others played it safe with more contemporary hits.

Elton Earlington and Monifa Goss took their places at the front of the class with the two best performances for the night. Bringing an old-school Rocksteady vibe, Earlington pulled on Alton Ellis' classic, Willow Tree, while Goss gave a super-upbeat performance of Ikaya's Ugly Girl.

Battling a migraine headache, The Gifted One still managed to pull off a sweet rendition of Tarrus Riley's Gimme Likkle One Drop, which the judges appreciated. However, they cautioned him against making his nerves or illness affect his performance so visibly. While Kelly's overall look improved this week, it added nothing to her performance of Ikaya's The Hard Way.

Christina Kerr's vocal issues got the best of her again as she attempted Tami Chynn's Over and Over Again while comeback kid, Chynn, got the judges' votes for her re-make of Tessanne Chin's cover of Redemption Song. ANE used their lucky break to sing Beres Hammond's Pull Up the Vibes, which the judges agreed was reminiscent of a 'church group'.

TNT's cover of Diana King's Shy Guy was nearly a hit, but their styling, though nice, missed the mark. Khorous fumbled with Christopher Martin's Big Deal, which the judges said was not the best option for the competition.

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