One hundred auditioned and after four weeks of Round 1 competition, the judges progressed to a large Round 2 showcase this past Saturday, April 21st at the YMCA.
Like a Bahamian version of American Idol, over fifteen persons were eliminated. Unlike “Simon”, these judges (Marlyn Rolle and Barron McClegdon, this past Saturday) were a lot more gentle, each time telling the contestant first how they were good, before critiquing disappointments or areas of improvement.
All the contestants that made it into Round 2, like Karon Pinder-Johnson said, “…are all winners”. This event has taught each one of them much discipline to rehearse under pressure, and perform and be judged in front of an audience.
The final 16 contestants are: Dudley Caproni, Ayfere, Sharede Taylor, Rappquelle, Trent Carter, All Stars, Alexus, Just Gina, Burnai Capron, Erica, Chast, Bobby Blatch, Trekeiece Douglas, Raquel Oliver, Keaira Watson, Naughty, and Dano Rolle.
If you wish to be a part of the audience this Saturday, the show starts at 8:00pm and the admittance is $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for children 12 and under. Alvin Speights will be on hand for the final judging.
The Grand Bahama American Women’s Club (GBAWC) on Monday presented a cheque to members of the Board of Directors for the YMCA as a part of the American Women’s Club’s support of YMCA programs. The bulk of the funds are said to go towards the YMCA’s summer camp this season.
“The monies presented came about as a result of a tennis tournament that we hosted last year and sponsored by Foster and Dunhill,” explained Penny Bethel, President of the GBAWC.
“They had promised us $20,000 and that was used for scholarships. But all the ladies were so impressed by the children we had there, that they each threw in $1,000, coming up to a total of over $6,000.
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