Four bat­tle for Thorn­ton’s Got Tal­ent crown


The stage has been set for a pul­sat­ing show­down in this Sun­day’s fi­nal of Thorn­ton’s Got Tal­ent. Amelia ‘Shadae’ Cum­mings, who siz­zled all the way to the semi-fi­nals, and Jay­deen Sky­ers, who was more dom­i­nant last Sun­day, are set to face off in the lo­calised ver­sion of the pop­u­lar TV se­ries, Ris­ing Stars, that is tak­ing place in the small north­east St Eliz­a­beth com­mu­nity. Shadae and Jay­deen will be joined in the fi­nal by out­siders Der­val Palmer and Barba. In last Sun­day’s semi-fi­nals, Jay­deen, the only ‘schooler’ left in the com­pe­ti­tion, gave a com­mand­ing per­for­mance when she sang Bruno Mars’ That’s What I Like.

All four judges – Euan Baker, An­dre Spencer, Garfield Salmon and Patrice Gray – gave the 13-year-old St Eliz­a­beth Tech­ni­cal stu­dent max­i­mum marks.

“That was the best per­for­mance all night, Jay­deen. You rocked the crowd, which was en­gaged with you,” was how judge Gray de­scribed the per­for­mance.


Jay­deen, who had the crowd scream­ing all night, said she was pleased with her per­for­mance and think it was one of her best in the com­pe­ti­tion. “I am very con­fi­dent go­ing for­ward,” she said, while point­ing out “I have learnt to ac­cept con­struc­tive crit­i­cism” as one thing she has taken so far from the com­pe­ti­tion. Shadae, who was red-hot through­out the com­pe­ti­tion, waited un­til the semi-fi­nal to have a bad night. She opened the night with LeAnn Rimes’ How Do I Live, which the crowd to­tally in­volved. How­ever, her de­liv­ery of Life­style, a sin­gle done by Yanique, fell flat. “My per­for­mance tonight wasn’t great at all but I know next week I’m gonna do much bet­ter,” promised Shadae. “I have a lot of con­fi­dence in my­self be­cause I have peo­ple who keep mo­ti­vat­ing and push­ing me to go harder.” Mean­while, Palmer, now seen as the dark horse in the com­pe­ti­tion, was told by one of the judges that he “sounded like dem bad DJs deh from back inaa the day.” Barba, who used to rock the crowd, mostly for his on­stage gim­mick, again came with bits and pieces of var­i­ous songs, but for the third straight week run­ning lost favour with the au­di­ence. “Barba, you a star fi true, but star in your own way, not a ris­ing star,” com­mented judge Salmon. The win­ner of Thorn­ton’s Got Tal­ent will get a cash prize of $20,000, the run­ner-up $10,000, and third place $5,000, cour­tesy of Santa Cruzbased True Bar­gain Hard­ware, through its owner, Del­roy Slow­ley.

Amelia ‘Shadae’ Cum­mings ... “I have a lot of con­fi­dence in my­self”. Jay­deen is the only ‘schooler’ left in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Der­val Palmer now seen as the dark horse in the com­pe­ti­tion.

Barba has been los­ing favour with the au­di­ence.

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