August 7, 2014
Stars slowly rising
Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
Although she delivered one of the better performances at the Rising Stars talent show last week, Sarai Lee Moodie did not fare as well this week.
With the theme of the night being Souls and R&B, Moodie's pitchy performance of Fantasia's Have You Ever, had the judges questioning her selection.
Up next was Kyann Knight. Though she has been one of the consistently better performers since the start of the competition, guest judge Ikaya did not like her cover of Foreigner's I Wanna Know What Love Is.
"I'm not so sure I liked what you did tonight. I wasn't feeling it, but you have a great voice.
Lionel Williams showed little improvement this week with his rendition of Shai's If I Ever Fall In Love Again. However, while Ikaya and Conroy Wilson were unmoved by his performance, Anthony Miller praised his song selection.
"Good song selection. The young girls think you're cute. You've started to sound same-ish. You need to do something more radical to stay in this competition," Miller said.
One of the weaker performances of the night came from Ashari, who received scathing remarks for her Whitney Houston song selection.
"I hated it. I don't think you are vocally equipped to deliver a song like that. You sounded like you were struggling," Miller said. Wilson agreed, adding that the song was not suited for her. JL's rendition of Shayne Ward's, Breathless, received mixed reviews from the judges. While Wilson thought it was one of the better performances of the night, Miller did not share his views.
"I've been waiting to hear a song that says a star has arrived. That wasn't it," Miller said.
Known as the fashionista of the show, Quani delivered a great performance of One Plus One. Even Anthony agreed, describing her performance as 'one of the more pleasing ones.'
From a strong performance to a weaker one, Young Kings once again struggled to connect with the judges. Performing an original song, the judges noted that the singer (Fabian) struggled throughout the performance while the deejay held his own.
"The whole thing was off. You're starting to sound like a stuck needle," Miller said.
It was, however, T'Rizzy who delivered a stellar performance of I'll Never Fall In Love Again, earning the praises of all three judges.
"You are ahead of the pack with that performance. You've been consistent," Wilson stated.
"I'm impressed. I liked your vocals. You are one of the few contestants making a connection with TV land," Miller said.
Miller's wild card, Taffi Chin, made her debut on the live performance show, but failed to live up to expectations with her song selection of Rihanna's Cry.
"I thought you had a lot of conviction but I didn't like the song choice," Miller said.
"This is your first performance and I expected you go blow us away. The song took too long to build up, it wasn't a good song," Wilson said.