August 28, 2013
Rising Stars fail to shine
Contestants struggle to impress
Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
For the third straight week, contestants in the Digicel Rising Stars competition failed to impress.
With only five contestants remaining, they struggled to deliver hits from the soul/R&B genre.
With Chevanese 'Chevy' Thomas eliminated earlier in the night, Kadian Thompson, the sole female act remaining, delivered a lacklustre performance.
Singing Can't Take My Eyes Off You by Lauryn Hill, Thompson's performance was an improvement from the previous week.
Tanya Stephens commended her for effort but noted that she had breathing issues. Anthony Miller stated that it was the wrong song choice. Denyque, the guest judge for the night, agreed with Miller that it was a bad song choice.
Up next was the young man who was spared from elimination earlier, Kenny Smith. Performing I Need You Tonight, the performance was boring.
"The song sounded long and drawn out," Stephens said.
"You looked uncomfortable at times," Miller said. Denyque, on the other hand, said she liked the performance.
Tish Brown's pelvic thrusts and gyrating had the judges disagreeing on his performance. Performing Forever by Chris Brown, his performance was upbeat and a welcome change from previous weeks.
It was evident that Denyque liked the performance. "Almost got up and start dancing. Amazing," she said.
"It was like a comedy routine, it was almost laughable. Pelvic thrusts don't make a performance," Miller said.
"That was a welcome difference. The girls loved it, I loved it. I'm glad to see him put some action in it," Stephens said.
Ramian Williams' rendition of Don't Wanna Lose You, could not save him from Anthony's scathing remarks. Williams was off key at times.
"This is the first time I'm hearing that song and I hope it is the last time," Stephens said.
"Was that a love song or a sedative? The singing part was pathetic. That song was a bad song, worst performance of the night," Miller said.
It was only fitting that they saved the best for last, once again. Proving that he is the one to watch, the saxophonists's rendition of I'll Make Love To You, was nothing short of spectacular. Though he continues to deliver by pulling out all the stops, the judges were seemingly tired of his act.
"You're becoming a little self-satisfied. It was sounding like background music in barbershop," Anthony Miller said.
"You've set a standard and maintained it. It was good, it can get a little elevatorish at times but I loved it. It was good," Tanya Stephens said.
"I loved it, you gave me goosebumps," Denyque said.
Denyque ended the night with a bang, performing her latest single, Make Me Believe You.