From teachers to security guards, from hotel entertainment coordinators to construction workers Club Inferno was filled on Saturday May 10 with hundreds seeking to jump start their dream of stardom in the Digicel Rising Stars competition. This was the third stop on the show’s six-location scouting mission.
The oddly overcast and windy Montego Bay day seemed to be a pull for the city’s most talented characters and colourful personalities. That variety was a trend in the performances with some described as over done, and others absolutely entertaining.
In summing up the audition executive producer, Tahnida Nunes said: “It was an exciting day. The quality of the talent is impressive and entertainment value of the participants is definitely what we want to see at this time.”
However, as seen in Mandeville the weekend before, poor song selection plagued the performances while true Jamaican resilience kept many vowing to return and try again. Stephanie Johnson, a hotel sales representative, who made a more than two-hour journey to the venue, was overheard encouraging a friend to “try again” - this after her own attempt was thwarted by her nervousness.
Like many others, Stephanie’s choice on the day was an Etana hit; Warrior Love. Others selected songs from the catalogue of music greats; Sam Cooke, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion. Next Saturday, May 17 the show goes to the sunshine city of Portmore in St. Catherine.
Digicel Rising Stars is open to anyone over the age of 16, who is not currently signed to a management or recording contract and is a citizen of Jamaica or has a visa entitling them to enter and work in Jamaica. At the auditions, participants may either perform individually or in groups of up to six. Participants who are unsuccessful at one audition location have the option of auditioning at another location, since there are six audition dates this year.
This year’s winner will receive $1 million, the opportunity to release two singles and a music video. The first runner up will receive $600,000 and a single, while the second runner up is set to receive $400,000 and a single.
After Portmore, Digicel Rising Stars will move to the Hibiscus Lodge Hotel in Ocho Rios on Saturday May 24; and will end in Kingston at the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) on Saturday May 31.
Source: CGR Communications