Talent on show at Sandals
SANDALS and Beaches Ocho Rios Region crowned its top male and female singers, models and dancer for 2014 at an exciting event dubbed ENCORE at Sandals Grande Riviera recently.
The contestants will go on to compete against the regional winners from other Jamaican resorts at the National Finals slated for Sandals Whitehouse in September.
Andre Palmer and Tanneisha Thompson, both from Sandals Grande Riviera, emerged the top Male and Female Vocalists, while Kerry-Lee Williams from Beaches Ocho Rios was the top Dance Act.
Palmer delivered a masterful performance of Ben E King's version of I (Who Have Nothing) to blow away the competition. He received a standing ovation from the large crowd present.
"I am so proud of myself. I am confident of my ability and once on stage I just let it all out," said an elated Palmer.
Thompson had to endure stiff competition from the other female singers, but her vocal range ensured she got the nod.
Junior Brown from Beaches Ocho Rios and Crystal Murray from Sandals Grande Riviera were judged Best Male and Female Models following crowd-pleasing performances, while Rodney Henriques was adjudged Best Instrumentalist.
Started in 2003, ENCORE (Entertainment Now Creates Opportunities Rewarding Excellence), is the brainchild of Sandalsâ Creative Director Weston Haughton, and is geared to showcase the vast array of talent in the company.
Each region: Montego Bay, Negril and Ocho Rios, staged their regional finals to select champions in the respective categories who will move on to the Jamaican finals. The Jamaican champions will compete against winners from Sandals/ Beaches Resorts in St Lucia, Antigua, Turks & Caicos and the Bahamas for the international crowns.