Rising Stars top four pull out all the stops

September 10, 2016
Contributed The Gifted One kept the audience entertained with his moves and mellow sound.
Contributed Elton Earlington had a few surprises up his sleeve during his performance.
Contributed Monifa Goss rocks the Digicel Rising Stars stage.
Contributed International music executive, Karen Mason, was the guest judge for Sunday night's show.
Contributed ANE kept their harmonies tight and their choreography on point.
Contributed The top-four contestants 'kick-out' after the show on Sunday night.

Following an emotional elimination of Alaine's wild card Chynn, the top four contestants pulled out all stops to try and secure their spot in the finals of the Digicel Rising Stars competition.

From onstage somersaults and Michael Jackson-inspired dance moves to modern spins on classic love songs from the '90s, the contestants put on quite a show, each capitalising on the double opportunity to show their stuff with two different songs for the night's 'Then and Now' theme.

Sixteen-year-old Monifa Goss stole the show with two performances that belied her age. First, she stunned the audience with a grown-up interpretation of Deborah Cox's Nobody's Supposed To Be Here and then brought it back with a sultry rendition of Rihanna's 2016 hit, Love on the Brain.

Competition favourite, Elton Earlington, had the crowd singing along with his performance of Percy Sledge's When A Man Loves A Woman before switching it up with an unexpected cover of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars' Uptown Funk. This unforeseen treat was complete with bright pop colours, a weird mash-up of Michael Jackson and dancehall moves as well as an utterly delightful flip on the stage. Comeback kids, ANE, kept on improving their image and had the crowd rooting for them when they gave attitude with En Vogue's What's It Gonna Be. However, the audience's interest started to wane during their cover of Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney's FourFiveSeconds.

A not-so-confident Gifted One took to the stage with a basic delivery of R Kelly's I Believe I Can Fly in his first performance. Luckily, he shelved his inhibitions the second time around, entertaining the audience with well-executed pop moves and sweet vocals for The Weekend's Can't Feel My Face.

Guest judge Karen Mason, a decorated international music executive, said: "What I've noticed is that this year's group is really young, so you get an opportunity to nurture them and make them the stars of the future, and I do believe those are the same persons who performed on the stage tonight."

The exciting final show will be held on Sunday, September 25. In the meantime, persons can tune in to TVJ at 8 p.m. Voting lines close at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

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