Rising Stars contestants take on Billboard hits


August 13, 2016
Contributed Monifa Goss giving a soulful performance on the Digicel's Rising Stars stage.
Contributed Anthony 'Killer' Miller commenting on contestants' performances in the live show last week Sunday.
Contributed Girl group A.N.E rocking the crowd in Sunday's live show.
Contributed Digicel's Rising Stars contestants share a moment with guest judge Pat Mckay (centre).
Contributed K-sis battling for a spot in last week's live show.
Contributed Double trouble twins Tia and Tika performing 'Survivor'.

With just eight contestants left in the Digicel Rising Stars competition, the pressure has intensified as the acts try their best to secure their spot in the hearts of viewers and ultimately the show.

Unfortunately K-sis and Khorous were the first to feel the brunt of the viewers disapproval with the two voted into the first sing-off for the season. In the end it was K-sis that survived the elimination.

With Billboard top hits being the theme for the night, resident judges Anthony Miller and Conroy Wilson joined by guest judge Pat McKay who is Sirius XM's Director of Programming, Reggae and Gospel, had high hopes of hearing the right song selections.

Elton Erlington was first with Marvin Gay's Let's Get It On, but Miller and Wilson felt he was trying too hard while McKay preferred if he gave "the audience a little foreplay instead of coming out so vocally strong from the start."

Tia and Tika went into survivor mode in their rendition of Survivor by Destiny's Child, but Miller believed the pair was too predictable.

did not impress

Gifted One's rendition of Bruno Mars' Just The Way You Are did not impress the judges, however his dance moves were enough to keep the audience entertained.

Wilson's wildcard surprise, K-sis, chose Emeli Sande Next To Me, but failed to impress any of the judges with Wilson pointing out their pitch issues.

Kelly left the judges on opposite ends of the table after she sang Another Sad Love Song by Toni Braxton. While McKay loved her performance, Wilson and Miller could not hear pass the vocal misses.

Next up was Chin who made a poor performance of Rihanna's Umbrella.

What the judges described as the best performance of the night was A.N.E delivery of Your Hips Are Moving by Meghan Trainor. The audience's screams and movement were more than a nod of approval for the group that finally delivered their best performance of the show so far.

Closing the show with a powerful and emotion-filled performance was Monifa Goss. However, her tears got her nowhere near the judges' hearts who felt that it was nothing but a 'put-on' for the sake of the performance.

With the next live show taking a break to make way for coverage of the Olympics in Rio, Brazil, Jamaicans now have two weeks to ensure their favorite contestants are safe for the next show which airs on Sunday, August 21, at 8 p.m. on TVJ.

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