Bit Bit wows Teen Talent judges
by Kimberley Cummins
Seven-year-old Kenaz Walker may be small in stature but he was large and in charge last Sunday night.
He captured victory in the fifth preliminary of the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Contest, which was held at the Divi Southwinds Resort.
From a field of seven contestants, this youngster, more popularly known as Bit Bit, stole the show from his first performance.
With Please Give Bit Bit De Crown, the song that took him to the final of this year’s Junior Monarch competition, Walker was a showman and his diction the clearest on the night. What’s more, the fledging entertainer’s vocals were very strong and his presence was just infectious. While many may argue that Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers is a very difficult song choice for anyone regardless of age, it’s quite safe to say that Walker is not among those persons.
Once again he opened the show on solid footing with good pitch and range. And the ease with which he managed the key change was worthy of a standing ovation.
He scored an incredible 644 points, 59 more than second place Javonne Bowen who sang Whitney Houston’s Saving All My Love and Rihanna’s Love On The Brain.
In the former she was relatively good when compared with some others. And in the latter, though her vocals were good, in my opinion she lacked a grittiness and soul needed to make the performance even better and memorable. It almost felt like a recitation of lyrics, but, on the upside, she looked stunning in both halves.
Bowen has evident potential but it felt as if she wasn’t digging deep enough to display or unearth the unknown. Maybe it was due to first-time jitters but she will have to step up her game and give 100 per cent in each half if she intends to advance beyond the semi-final.
Third-placed Machia O’donnell-smith earned 513 points for her renditions of Irene Cara’s Out Here On My Own and Jewel’s Foolish Games. She, too, was satisfactory and it’s evident that she has a passion for singing and entertainment, so she would only benefit from further training.
Though Alicia Alleyne wasn’t recommended for the next stage she might want to consider entering another preliminary if she can.
This young woman is talented as demonstrated on the night but she seemed extremely uncomfortable and somewhat apprehensive singing Say Something by A Great Big World. It was okay but there were glimpses that it could have been much better aside from the discomfort.
Weakness In Me by Joan Armatrading gave Alleyne another opportunity to show off her wares and while her vocals were times better and she seemed more vibrant than with the first, it still felt as if she was holding back.
Other contestants were Chrisanna Stoute, Kiah Shurland and Ranesha Stewart.
Zoe Armstrong and Skye Murray represented well in the Over 21 contest.
Third-placed Machia O’donnell-smith earned 513 points for her renditions of Irene Cara’s Out Here On My Own and Jewels’ Foolish Games.
Second-placed Javonne Bowen sang Whitney Houston’s Saving All My Love and Rihanna’s Love On The Brain.