Kenya Moore Star Search: Still no word on plans for Barbados-based romantic comedy “Pudding”

It was not that long ago when Kenya Moore with Urban Eye Magazine said they had a Star Search for a Barbadian to appear in a “Waiting To Exhale” imitation which was given the name of ‘Pudding‘ and over 30 contestants applied for the chance to appear in what many Bajans here would see as their big break to get into overseas film industry like how Simon Alleyne did with Sky TV and Sean Michael Field in USA & Canada.

Many patrons that night were frustrated at Malcolm Jamal Warner's insistence in not having his picture nor giving autographs especially since Regina King was far more pleasant and willing to interact with her fans

With close to a month elapsing when the finalists should have been announced at the After Party that almost wasn’t, the competitors are still awaiting to learn what became of the time and effort to seek to be a Bajan in Hollywood, so to speak… The last thing this Web Magazine knew is that Kenya Moore’s grandfather died and this slowed the selection process down.

If you check the rules at the website (while it’s still up), they are not even committing themselves to a definite choice from the pool of talent, here’s what they say;- The Judges reserve the right to not declare a winner in a particular category, if in their sole discretion there is no entry of sufficient merit.

What was Olympus Theatre's commission for hosting the Workshop?

Efforts to reach co-organiser Dwayne Grannum have so far proved futile, he was dialed at even the Jamaican number listed on the website and was was repeatedly contacted during the scripting of this article, all calls were replied with voicemail services.

How do the contestants feel? This was one reponse when BR sent an e-mail seeking to learn what progress, if any;- “I received an email from [Grannum] this week that Kenya is reviewing the audition videos to make assessments. This seems like a bare runaround to me. None of the contestants know if they’ve been successful as yet….”

No one wanted to even have their voice recorded that night to say their true feelings on the movie which IMDb (Internet Movie Database) listed as a generic 3 from 10 based on viewers' opinions.

Meanwhile another competitor, who’s more accustomed to the dark side of Cinema, was more philosophical about the apparent inertia of the concept;- “I got the same note but nothing further. I can tell you casting calls are never easy, plus when you realise both male and females were considered to play parts, it would mean the script would have to be accommodating for either gender which is iffy. I feel we have to continue to wait and see. That’s the norm for gigs like this, been to several auditions and never heard anything, all that tells me is that I didn’t get the part.”

Since there were a number of sponsors involved we’ll liaise with them next and see what their take on the whole issue is at…

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