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VIDEO: TEENage Expressions Tour: High energy from KTHS

Kingston Technical High School

Tuesday, November 13, 2012    

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OUR latest stop on the TEENage Expressions Tour Journey found us on Hanover Street in Kingston, at Kingston Technical High School.

This historic school, which housed the original buildings for Mico University College, displayed its talents through song and dance; and the students were one of the most interactive audiences we have ever seen.

Sharee Williams opened our tour with Queen Ifrica's Lioness On The Rise, which saw the crowd support her vocally, singing along loudly, as the microphone failed her in some parts.

Krystina James was up next singing Whitney Houston's Dance With Somebody, and much to the crowd's delight brought added flair to her vocal performance by moving and grooving along with a male dance partner, embodying the lyrics of the song.

Resheda Campbell followed, singing Allure's All Cried Out, and once again the audience played back up, crooning out the lyrics along with her.

After, Shamoya Gayle sang Keisha Cole's Should Have Cheated and again had the audience singing along.

Then finally head girl Angel Powell brought a song to the table that the audience did not know, and though her performance of Mary J Blige's song from Tyler Perry's movie of the same name I Can Do Bad All by Myself was outstanding, their patience thinned quickly.

Following Angel, Shanice Bennett sang Beyonce's Best Thing I Never Had, and the audience was back in karaoke mode, finishing the song for her. Then her stage partner Brittney Marshall deejayed her original piece, which pushed the crowd to the edge of their excitement.

The first break in the competition was for the trivia segment, which saw Kerecia Keith, Shevon Brown and Shanell Jervis all walking away with prizes from our sponsors Flow, Seprod and TEENage Observer.

After the break, the Kingston Technical High School Junior Dancers did a dancehall-inspired dance piece called Party Shot complete with black and green costumes that enthralled the audience.

Following them, the Kingston Technical High School Senior Dancers did another dancehall-inspired piece, called Do Sumn, complete with navy blue and pink costumes, and this time had the audience up out of their seats dancing along.

After the excitement had died down Denico Clarke took to the stage singing Shania Twain's From this Moment, which put the crowd in a more sombre mood as they sang and hummed along.

The second break in the competition for the Cool Fruit Drink-Off Competition. Six brave souls entered the Cool Fruit arena, two drinks in hand, but in the end only singer Denico Clarke could hold both his empty boxes upside down in victory.

Tameka Ellis led us out of the second break singing Romain Virgo's System, which once again had the crowd karaoke going.

The final performance of the afternoon came from the Street Team Dance Crew, who did their piece entitled One More Gyal. The high-tempo performance ended in a dance off which pushed the already-frenzied crowd over the edge, and saw them rushing the stage in excitement.

After the smoke cleared following the last performance, it was announced that the judges had finished deliberating, and the winners were chosen. Taking third place was the Kingston Technical High School Senior Dance Group, while second place went to vibrant Street Team. And taking first place and a chance to perform at the TEENage Expressions Tour Finals in June was Krystina James, who gave us one of the most memorable Whitney Houston performances we've ever experienced.

— Kristen Laing

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