Rising Stars is good to go - producer denies sponsorship rumours

June 23, 2017
Terri-Karelle Reid, host for Digicel Rising Stars, is serenaded by 20-year-old Faizon Brown after the Ocho Rios auditions last Saturday.
Duran Reid, an entertainer at Margaritaville, adds some moves to his audition.

Digicel Rising Stars' producer, Sharon Schroeter, is denying rumours that the popular talent competition has fallen on hard times and has barely made it to its 14th season.

THE WEEKEND STAR was told that he 2017 edition of the competition almost never happened as the organisers had some problems securing adequate sponsorship.

However, Schroeter says taht news of the show lacking sponsorship is false.

"That's not true. I'm not sure who would start a rumour like that, but people will always start things," she said. "We don't have any control over what people say about the show, but we have never issued any statements saying anything like that. We are in our 14th year, and the competition is still going strong."




Schroeter also explained that with the reputation and legacy that the show has built over the years, the public need not worry about the longevity of the show.

She said that organisers would do everything in their power to keep the competition running for as long as possible.

This year's edition of Digicel Rising Stars sees the return of judges Conroy Wilson, Anthony Miller, and Alaine. Terri Karelle also returns as host.

The audition phase of the competition will close out on Sunday in Kingston and will make way for the live shows, scheduled to begin on July 9.

Schroeter says that this year's show will see a few changes, particularly to the set-up of the popular Chill Room.

"We plan to mix up a lot of things with the Chill Room so we can interact a lot more with the contestants as they come off stage," she said. "We are also going to add a few new themes to the show that we believe will bring even more excitement."

She also said that this year's audition also took on a different feel by adding a karaoke element.

This, she said, gave entrants the option of performing to music rather than doing their selections a cappella like in previous years.

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