Digicel Rising Stars down to Top 5

September 03, 2016
Contributed ANE turned it up a notch with rock classic, I Love Rock and Roll.
Contributed Elton Earlington belts out the notes in Bad English's When I See You Smile.
Contributed Chynn delivered the attitude with her feisty cover of Pink's So What.
Contributed Monifa Goss channelled Jamaican rock princess, Tessanne Chin, in her performance.
Contributed The Gifted One gave it his all in his performance of Air Supply's Just As I Am.
Contributed The top five contestants on Digicel Rising Stars pose for a photo with guest judge, DJ Kurt Riley, after their performances on 'Rock Night'.

With twins TNT and Kelly being eliminated from last Sunday's show, only five contenders remain in the exciting 13th season of Jamaica's favourite talent competition, Digicel Rising Stars.

Themed Rock Night, contestants pulled on their favourite rock hits to help secure their spot in the finals of the show. Steady-hitter Elton Earlington made a draw for When I See You Smile by Bad English but fell just short of winning over all the judges, who thought he was a bit too contained. Earlington was followed by Alaine Laughton's wild card, Chynn, who brought attitude and funk with a spunky performance of So What by Pink. This received rave reviews from the audience and they agreed that her performance was quite fitting.

High off their hit performance on Gospel Night, girl group ANE showed that they were worthy of redemption with a well-choreographed delivery of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts' classic I Love Rock and Roll. Even a few fumbles in their performance were overlooked as the audience rocked along with every minute of their high-energy stint on the stage. Though he tried valiantly to keep up with the energy of the ladies, Gifted One's cover of Air Supply's Just As I Am couldn't meet the high demands of the night.

Flipping the script, competition sweetheart Monifa Goss opted for a Jamaican rock song, winning over every heart in the audience with her performance of Tessanne Chin's When I'm With You. The 16-year-old basked in the praise from all four judges, including guest judge, veteran DJ and music producer Kurt 'The Party Animal' Riley.

"I loved the performances," said Riley. "Everybody brought their own unique character to the songs that they chose and that was very interesting to watch. I was also very impressed by the quality of the performances, especially given that many of them have little to no vocal training. My advice to them would just be to get training. There's always room for improvement, and if they want to take it seriously and get to the next level, they need to invest in themselves with some training."

Persons can tune in to TVJ this Sunday at 8 p.m. to see who make it to the top four of the competition. Only one person will walk away with more than $1.5m in cash and other prizes at the end of the competition, as long as they receive the highest number of votes. Voting closes at 6 p.m. each Sunday before the live show.

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