August 14, 2014
'90s theme brings life to DRS
Davina Henry, Staff Reporter
Music from the '90s era was just what the contestants needed to bring some life to the Digicel Rising Stars (DRS) Competition.
The live performance show, which took place at the TVJ studios on Saturday night, saw a few contestants rising to the challenge.
Up first was Kyann Knight who delivered a 'flawless' rendition of Whitney Houston's I'm Your Baby Tonight. This sentiment was not shared by Anthony Miller, who thought the performance was more about her outfit than about the song.
Known as the fashionista of the group, Quani failed to remember the lyrics of the songs.
"The song is very short. There is very little to memorise, you have no excuse for blowing it like that," Miller stated.
Miller's wild card, Taffi Chin, showed improvements this time around with a cover of Faith Hill's Breathe.
The smooth-singing T-Rizzy, had audience members singing along to Johnny Gill's My My My.
"That was really ok. Good song selection," Miller stated.
While Miller found some parts of JL's medley to be a 'little disturbing', both Denyque and Conroy Wilson stated that it was a fair performance.
One of the better performances of the night came from Young Kings, who even had some audience members dancing along.
"You're back in the competition. You were on key and the performance was rich," Wilson said.
"That was the best performance of the night so far," Denyque added.
Lionel Williams' rendition of Livin' La Vida Loca failed to impress the judges. "This just showed what a lightweight you are. Time is running out in you," Miller said.
"You made efforts to step up your game, but it was still lightweight for where we are in the competition," Wilson added.
Sarai Lee Moodie's performance of Turn The Beat Around faired no better.
"That was a disaster. That was '70s, not '90s. You looked ridiculous up there," Miller said.
Denyque chimed in that it was indeed the wrong song choice.
Wilson's wild card Kissoon 'roared' her way into the competition with a cover of I'm Torn, but failed to live up to her mentor's expectations.
"You set my teeth on edge," Miller said.
"I know you have potential, but you can't be my wild card and sound like that," Wilson said.