Elvis Presley impersonator fails to make cut

June 15, 2017
This Elvis Presley impersonator came fully-dressed in a Santa Claus costume, much to the delight of the patrons.
An overjoyed Tijuairre Howell shows off his acceptance slip from the judges, which shows that he will move on to the next round of the audition.
Anthony Miller

One may have thought that it was Christmas in June at the Manchester High School last Sunday as Michael Crawford was dressed as if it were the Yultide season.

But he wasn't singing 'Oh Holy Night' or 'Jingle Bell'. Instead Crawford, a season entrant, tried to deliver an Elvis Presley impersonation, hoping to impress the Rising Stars judges. His efforts, however, fell flat as he failed to gain selection to perform on the shows will be aired on Sunday nights on TVJ, starting in July.

However, 17-year-old Tijuairre Howell had better luck.

“I really think this could be my year and I’m hoping that the Digicel Rising Stars show will be the platform to help launch my career as a gospel artiste.”

More 200 persons turning out for Sunday's audition, which took place in Mandeville, Manchester, to sing for their spot on the 14th season of the TV talent show.

“In all the auditions I’ve seen over the years, I must say this one in Mandeville has been one of the best,” said Anthony Miller, the show's fierce judge.

“They’ve really set the bar very high so persons coming out to the other auditions have to come with their A-game. Mandeville was a really encouraging start though.”

The next auditions will take place at Island Village in Ocho Rios on Saturday, and then at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston on June 25.


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