LIME Barbados Karaoke Semi-Final#1: Ladies’ Night as Gents drop into Clown category?

"Commander Bond" probably feels his License was revoked and has bittersweet memories of Saturday nite?

"Commander Bond" probably feels his License was revoked and has bittersweet memories of Saturday nite?

Remember when Crop Over had Georgie Porgie and Cubba or even the the late Carew? There’s a whole new generation of what I’d consider as Clown Princes of Karaoke… Albert Doyle attempted both “This Magic Moment” and Frank Sinatra’s legendary “My Way” in the former he commanded the crowd with his spastic antics and facial contortions but in the return bout, he ran out of steam and did not command the song as it must be done to give it that verve to make an audience follow your musical appreciation.

Grantley Sylvester, or Commander Bond as he preferred to be called, tried a little butt-smooching by dressing in a complete LIME costume to deliver “Only You” but his repeat did not capture the judges that nite since he did not make the final ten.

BTW, speaking of judges – you recall when I compared Ricky Aimey to Simon Cowell and found him lacking? You believe the man is so thin-skinned he cut me dead the whole night at Plantation Garden Theatre? If I truly had acrimony towards the poor old strummer, would I even have mentioned his Jazz noodlings at Braddie’s Bar in a separate item? Ricky’s Sunday fare did not even appear in the dead tree media as I recall…

Richard "Teen Talent" Stoute was another judge besides Ricky Aimey

Richard "Teen Talent" Stoute was another judge besides Ricky Aimey

Kenrick Murrell is a dapper dude who's even competed in regional Karaoke in Castries

Kenrick Murrell is a dapper dude who's even competed in regional Karaoke in Castries

A gala event like this with the opportunity for contestants to bring their own music can create some awkward moments as bugs or hiccoughs will happen even when none seem likely, while the show may have begun late – most of the audience did not mind as they got drinks and mingled and the Theatre filled to capacity.

The first contestant Juditha Alexander had to reappear twice on stage waiting for her tune to register in the disk player – but unfortunately it completely threw Shondelle Durant who was covering DJ Sammy’s version of Bryan Adams’ “Heaven” and eventually she decided to withdraw completely from vying for the $5,000 prize at stake!

Hope she recovers from her shock and realises that no matter what preparation you can do, sometimes you have to fly by the seat of your pants! There were two ladies who had top marks for the evening but in my view there were four top finalists, all ladies as well…

4th spotted Mary Clarke wowed the crowd with Gladys Knight’s “You’re The Best Thing (That Ever Happened To Me)” with a vocal power like Mahalia Jackson; 3rd placed Janelle Gibbons did two very difficult tunes – Evanescence’s “This Immortal” and Rihanna’s “Russian Roulette” and nailed both in all of their key changes and required breath control to deliver the correct notes.

Emcee Janelle Walcott building suspense for already nerve-wracked contestants as to who moves forward to next round.

Emcee Janelle Walcott building suspense for already nerve-wracked contestants as to who moves forward to next round.

The top two ladies have very different idea what they’d do with their prize should they earn the $5,000 and the 32″ flat-screen TV and the recording contract… Laverne Smith was top gun that nite with her Regina Belle songbook tunes and is very careful to share that she won’t be repeating from that popular singer who likes to visit Barbados, but she did say how she’ll handle the funds if she wins {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Her main concern is to clear off any debts and she also plans to improve on her stage presence for the next round, as she feels she could use more of the ground to add to her presentation.

Some of the 20 who will compete in the Finals of LIME Barbados National Karaoke Championships!

Some of the 20 who will compete in the Finals of LIME Barbados National Karaoke Championships!

Michaela Blackett amazed participants with her rendition of Etta James’ “At Last” which requires severe vocal power and range, yet her victory needs are simpler {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR FULL AUDIO};-

Michaela wants to see what her Mum needs first and then she’ll check on her friends before she finally spends on herself! Saint or Sucker?

The next Semi-Final is this Friday 10th September at Plantation Garden Theatre.

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