Tuesday, October 02, 2012    

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LAST week, the TEENage Observer Expressions Tour made its second stop on the journey to the finals, Greater Portmore High School.

After setting up in preparation for another exciting tour on Thursday, the rains came and washed our tour plans away. But not even the rains could have kept this tour from happening as we were back bright and early in the Portmore sunshine Friday morning and ready to get the show on the road.

The first performance was by Mickala Miller, who sang Keisha Cole's Love, which was moderately received by the crowd. Following her was Shania Wolfe, who did an original Dinkimini drumming piece.

Smart and Company was next, and they did an original drama piece on the dangers of drugs entitled Smoking Kills. Following them was Chevannese Maitland and Jada Granville, who sang Keisha White's The Weakness In Me.

The first break in the competition gave way to the trivia segment, which saw students Cavel Fuller, Nathaliah Campbell and Chevaun Weise walking away with prizes from TEENage Observer and our sponsors Flow and Seprod's Cool Fruit Juices.

Getting back to the competition, Odane Samuels was next on the stage, deejaying his original song Hot Girl, which got a positive response from the audience. Kayla Kennedy followed him right after, singing Adele's Someone Like You.

Next on the stage, in full costume was Brittany Gentles, who did an original conscious dub poem entitled Mr Gunna, which was well received by the crowd.

Another break in the competition cleared the stage for the new Cool Fruit Drink-Off Competition.

Eight students entered the stage with the hope of being declared the drink-off champion, but only two guzzled their two Cool Fruit box drinks fast enough to make it into the finals. Standing side by side in the finals, Geovoanie Nelson and Kerisha Blair devoured another two Cool Fruit box drinks, but in the end it was Nelson who was declared the Cool Fruit champ.

Coming out of the drink-off, Chrisann Campbell did her rendition of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You. Following her, in costume, was Dwight Brown who did an original poem entitled Remix Dub.

Next on stage was Michca Deans, who sang Miley Cyrus' Wherever I Go. Following her were the SNT Dancers -- Ryan Lawrence, Lloyd Williams and Okitto Anglin -- who danced to pop and dancehall hits.

The final act for the afternoon was the very talented Time Signature Band, with Josimar Ellis on the keyboard, Alton Bennett on the string/sound effects keyboard and Shaquille Hibbert on the drums played Vybz Kartel's Ghetto Life, Street Groove and Gansta City.

When the judges had finished tallying up their scores it was announced that third place had gone Odane Sammuels, while Brittany Gentles took second place. And in first place, winning a chance to perform at the TEENage Observer Expressions Tour Finals in Kingston next June, were the SNT Dancers.

— Kristen Laing



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