Now with the competition down to the top 10 finalists, the battle is on. Every week, someone will go home, and for this reason, contestants are forced to literally ‘bring it‘ or ‘step‘ if they want to take the number one spot: Digicel Rising Star 2008.

As in the past, the contestants are taking the competition seriously. While it is the voting of the public, which will determine all further eliminations and ultimately the winner of the series in October, the contestants are making certain that their votes are registered.

At the end of the day it is the vote that counts,” outlines second place winner in the 3rd season, Noddy Virtue. Virtue underscores that campaigning plays a very crucial part in Digicel Rising Stars, “No matter how great. No matter how good you are, without the votes you won’t make it.

I had a lot of motorcades, and little promotions going on all over,” recalled Noddy who was famous for his rendition of Jimmy Cliff’s Rebel in Me letting his voice soar while bending his knees. “Noddy Wednesday was a big part of me not dropping out of Digicel Rising Stars?people would always look forward to it and after Wednesday it was straight voting until Friday,” he commented of his popular weekly party in St. Elizabeth, which helped keep him in the competition.

While in most part it is about performance, you really have to promote yourself if you want to win,” said Byron of the male-trio R3 confirming his group’s engagement in campaigning efforts. Now with three groups in the top ten Byron outlines that much depends on the techniques that his group uses as well as their performances and how much the public are familiar with them.

The Kingston group R3 who sang Lost by Air Supply to advance to the top-ten performed at the Denbigh Agricultural show over Emancipation-Independence holiday weekend, concerts in St. Mary and talent shows at Asylum and Backyaad since entering in the competition as part of their campaigning strategy to take the top spot.

The R3 member said, “This (Digicel Rising Star Competition) is a serious thing for us and everyone wants to win so we know we have to go out and show the public something else from what they see on TV and why they should vote for us.

Kaydene Anderson, who goes by the name K’Alee echoes similar sentiments to that of Byron. “People will say she can sing but I don’t know anything else about her. So you have to let the people have something else about you to vote for you,” opined the songbird. “For me I make posters, walk around, talk with people, and hand out flyers so they know me and vote for me,” Anderson explains.

When asked of the expense behind the campaign, both agreed that when you want something you have to go that extra mile. “It will cost you, but I have a few friends and others who promise that if I make it to top ten they would help me,” Anderson said. Byron of R3 held, “It’s expensive, but we have been financing it along with the help of some friends.

The battle for the 2008 Digicel Rising Star continues; Who will it be? Stay tune to find out…

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