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December 18, 2013
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Jermaine Bryan takes Tastee finals

Jermaine Bryan performing 'I've Been Loving You Too Long'. - Contributed

Simone Chanpong, director of Tastee Limited, hands over the $1-million first-place cheque to Tastee Talent Trail winner, Jermaine Bryan.

When the curtains came down on the 34th Grand Finals of the Tastee Talent Trail contest, singer, Jermaine Bryan, proved the adage third time is the charm to be true as he covered himself in glory, topping a 10-act field to win the 2013 Tastee Talent Trail.

Behind an enthralling performance of the Otis Redding hit I've Been Loving You Too Long, Jermaine stormed out of the blocks, easily taking the first round on all the judges scoresheet.

His stage presence and voice easily placed him ahead of his other competitors, as only the eventual second-place finishers, the six-member dance group Black Dice, made any real impact with the judges and audience in this round.

When MC for the night, Elva, signalled the end of the first round, it was clear that only major slip-ups by the first two would allow anyone to separate them.

Though he was not as scintillating in his second-round performance with the Adele hit, Do You Remember, Jermaine had done just enough to hold on from the storming sextet who thrilled the audience with both dances showing improvement to earn second place from judges Michael 'Ibo' Cooper, Queen Ifrica and Kerry-Ann Lawrence.

Jermaine, a finalist in 2008 and 2010, took home the top prize of $1 million while Black Dice pocketed $500,000.

Singer Kevrol Diah closed out the top three, ensuring that for the first time since 2007, no female found a place in the top three; he took home $150,000.

massive crowd

Kevrol opened with Some Guys Have All The Luck, but it was with his second song, Stay, by Rihanna, which scored well with the massive crowd at the Tastee car park in Cross Roads, St Andrew.

In keeping with events of the past, persons who came out of the semi-finals as strong contenders inexplicably either shot themselves in the foot or tried too hard and overperformed, ending sounding pitchy.

Among these were Elton Earlington, Dane Williams, Marshalee Guthrie, Kerrian Miller and Ricardo Barrett.

The guest-performance slot was dominated by Jamaica's Michael Jackson and his troupe mesmerised the crowd with a masterful performance of the late King of Pop's Thriller.

Also well received were last year's winner Anthony Clarke and Simple Rattigan. Backing was provided by the Unique Vision Band. Sponsors were Tastee, Pepsi, T-shirt Express, Sparkles and Kosmo Tours.

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