Parish queens battle for karaoke crown

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July 28, 2017
Contributed 2017 JCDC Miss Jamaica Festival Queen finalists

As the 13 finalists of the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen competition prepare for their final face-off on the Grand Coronation stage on August 1, they will face a smaller challenge tonight in a karaoke competition.

The queens, who are in Kingston for the week fulfilling various social engagements as a prelude to their Jamaica 55 Grand Coronation, will pull out all the stops in an effort to out-sing each other today at their official residence for the remainder of the competition, the Christar Villas Hotel on Hope Road.

Beginning at 8 p.m., the queens will go head-to-head to prove which parish is the most vocally talented.

An honoured tradition among the Miss Jamaica Festival Queen competitions of past, the legendary karaoke night sing-off allows members of the public to get the first glimpse of the raw talent the parish queens have to offer.

"One of the highlights of the queens' pre-coronation prep time in Kingston is this annual karaoke night," said Stephen Davidson, director of marketing and public relations at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission. "Not only does it create fun interaction between the queens and the public, but it also gives the sponsors a chance to mix and mingle with the queens as well."

Davidson, who further reminisced on some outstanding performances from queens in the past, also mentioned that the karaoke night was an upbeat way to shed some of the nervousness leading up to the Emancipation Day Grand Coronation to be held at the National Arena.

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