Mannings mania

Sashaine Henry

Tuesday, January 07, 2014    

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TeenAGE Observer Expression Tours made the final stop for 2013 at the Manning's School in Westmoreland. And you are about to see some of the excitement of the day's visit.

The judges Roxanne Miller, Steven Gardiner, Shantel Tryell, and Oshane Buck were seated and ready to take on the action. The emcee Stacy-Ann Neilson was all smiles as she introduced the first contestant.

Keimar Ruddock came on stage to begin delivering his sermon. Pastor Ruddock as he is called onstage lashed out at the ungodly persons and had the crowd shouting praises unto the Lord.

Telling a story about Anansi and Brother Dog was Calvin McGowder. He gave the crowd a good dose of laughter and got a round of applause in return.

Next up was Richard Hendricks doing a dub poem about how much of a burden the school life was and that it "ago mad him". Hendricks received a fair response from the crowd.

Dancing to I Believe I Can by Yolanda Adams was Karelle and Company. The two complete their piece with smiles and enthusiasm as the crowd sang the the soundtrack and gave them a fair response.

TNS danced to Vybz Kartel's Party Night and Machel Montano Down To The Grung. This group showed creativity and stage presence throughout their entire performance. They received a grand round of applause from the crowd.

Winston Grant came on stage as Bredda Winston. In this piece Grant was telling his grandson how he had a lot of girls during his heyday, but never failed to use protection. Grant constantly sipped his rum throughout. In exchange for their comical performance the crowd gave them thundered applauses.

Abbigail Spence and Company did an original song called Determination. Although the crowd gave an immature response the two were determined to finish their song and indeed they did.

Expressing his love for his girlfriend in song was Omari Spence. Spence did a fairly good job and was all smiles when he left the stage.

Alexia Parris did a solo dance to Rihanna's Where Have You Been. Parris did a good job and got a well-deservied feedback from the crowd.

Sinjaying a song about wanting to go to heaven was Nickoy Williams. The crowd listened attentively to which they gave a round of applause at the end.

Ajamu Graham was next deejaying about his bedroom behaviour. Although not suitable for the contest, Graham had the crowd in a frenzy as they screamed and rocked to his performance.

Saving the most suitable for last was Winston and Company. This group harmonised a song about the history of their school. The boys had the crowd in awe when they started to sing the schools song in a melodious tune. The crowd gave an upbeat response.

While the judges deliberated, it was announced by the emcee that the guest performers would be the group T.O.K. Upon hearing this, the crowd gave insane screams, especially when the group made their intro with a song called Cut Eye.

A member of the group Craigy T bravely went in the reach of the audience where girls flocked and engulfed the artiste in hugs. Songs such as Footprints, Guardian Angel, No Way, Blazing, and Bruk It Dung were done by the group, during which girls repeatedly tried to pull the artiste offstage. The artiste left the stage after rescuing Flexx from the girls, but not before giving out promotional CDs and flyers and giving out their social network handles.

The winners of the competition was Nickoy Williams in third place, Keimar Ruddock in second place and Winston Grant in first place. Prizes were also awarded from Seprod to Roxanne Miller for winning the teachers' drink-off and Shevon Williams for the students' drink-off.

See more of Mannings mania in our photo gallery 

Mannings School Tour

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