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June 14, 2012
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Tastee Talent Trail 'tun up' in Mandeville

Conroy White, one of the contestants to audition in this year's Tastee talent trail competition. - Contributed

Against all odds, the Mandeville leg of the 2012 Tastee Talent Trail auditions recorded spectacular results by way of attendance as well as the level of talent.

With over 220 persons turning out, Mandeville has surpassed the 210 record set in 2009 for a virgin territory when the trail visited Ocho Rios for the first time.

In addition, an unprecedented nine Life Line cards were given out, this included three singers, four deejays, a singjay and the first dance group to make it through since 2010. Indeed, the talent level was so high that at least three persons who were shortlisted just failed to make the cut.


From early in the morning, the crowd descended at the Manchester high school venue and it was clear that a bumper turnout was in store. In fact, the late start to auditions of over an hour only added to the scores of persons who braved the early-morning sun to take a chance at earning fame and fortune in Jamaica's longest-running and most-successful talent competition.

At the end of a day chock-full of surprises - paramount of which was the return of last year's 'Bubbles Man', this time in his normal persona and given name, Barrington Allen - the lucky few earn the coveted Life Line card and with it the right to go forward.

Sponsored this year by Tastee, Pepsi, TVJ, Fame, Sparkles, T-Shirt Express and Kosmo Tours, contestants are vying for $1.65 million in cash spread across: $1 million to the winner, $500,000 for second place and $150,000 for third place.

The grand finals will be held at the Tastee head office in Cross Roads on Thursday, December 13. Prior to this, there are three remaining auditions in this year's series. These are: Montego Bay, July 28, Morant Bay, August 11 and Kingston, September 8.

Those fortunate enough to earn a Life Line card on Saturday were singers Delgardo Shaw, Dacia Smith and Shaniel Graham, singjay Monique Campbell, deejays Murrice Morgan, Conroy White, Barrington Allen and Naderia Wood, and the lone dance group the Bomb Squad Dancers.

(From left) Taste judges Alaine, Oral Tracey and Amelia 'Milk' Sewell.

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