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November 27, 2012
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Tastee Semi-Finals: And then they were six

( L - R ) Anthony Clarke, Ozana Lindo, Jermaine Burford

After an eventful Semi-Finals at Thursday's Tastee Talent Trail competition, six persons remain and will go forward to the December 13 Grand Finals where the 2012 winner will be crowned, pocketing $1 million in cash.

One person was disqualified for a breach of the competition rules and another eliminated during what was dubbed the 'Semi-Final Showdown', which pitted four contestants from the east against four from the west. When the dust settled, the six who remained standing were Jason Roberts, Anthony Clarke, Ozana Lindo, Jermaine Burford, Renaldo Mekile and Dacia Smith.

breach of rules

Singer Camilla Plunket was disqualified following her first performance of the night as she breached the competition's rule which says only non-professionals are allowed to participate in the contest. Fellow Kingston singer Shantal Leighton was eliminated following a weak performance.

Judges Amelia 'Milk' Sewell, Alaine Laughton and Oral Tracey brought the field down from the eight entrants and, based on their score cards and crowd response, there are clear indications where the top three competitors should emerge from.

Based on the Semi-Final results, the west took the honours, as their full quota of four will move forward to the Finals while the east lost two of their entrants.

The contest this year which as sponsored by Tastee, Pepsi, TVJ, FAME 95 FM, T- Shirt Express, Sparkles and Kosmo Car Rentals, saw a number of standout performances.

Young deejay, Anthony Clarke covered himself in glory with two powerful performances in Alphabet and Bubble on Me. Singer Ozana Lindo was below her best with Whitney Houston's I Have Nothing, but redeemed herself with Aretha Franklin's Respect.

Man of the moment, Jermaine Burford tugged at the hearts of the females with Liar before sending them into ecstasy with Unchained Melody.

The stage is, therefore, set for the December 13 finals, and Dacia Smith, Jason Roberts and Renaldo Meikle could improve their chances, with better song selections.

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