Tamara Warren exits Rising Stars
Digicel Rising Stars contestant Tamara Warren (right) talks with host Terri-Karelle Reid.

WINING the Digicel Rising Stars talent competition was a dream that 24-year-old Tamara Warren had since she was 16. These hopes, however, were crushed on Sunday night when she was eliminated during the live show aired on Television Jamaica (TVJ).

Though disappointed about not being able to advance further in the competition, Warren is pleased with the experience gained.

"It was a great experience and I had a great time on the show. I met some great people and the production team was awesome. I learnt a lot, even though I am kinda disappointed that I was voted off," Warren told the Jamaica Observer on Monday.

Hailing from Priory in St Ann, Warren relocated to Spanish Town in St Catherine for employment opportunities, but moved back home with her parents as it did not work out.

"I entered the competition to better myself and to have a career in music. I wanted to better myself financially because I have a lot of stuff going on with me right now financially," said Warren.

A past student of Brown's Town Comprehensive High School in St Ann, she was forced to dropped out due to financial difficulties. She later completed studies at Distinction College in St Catherine.

She said her parents were supportive during her Digicel Rising Stars journey.

"My mom was there 100 per cent and my dad also gave me some good advice. My mom was the one who really pushed me a lot," Warren shared.

There are eight more live shows left before the season comes to an end.

The remaining competitors in season 18 are Brianna Warren, Ramon Johnston, Shaunette Cameron, Row J Rose, Brandon Williams, Orane Green, Oshene Watson, Robert Ewart, and Channing Bryan.

Contestants are competing for a grand prize of $1.5 million plus other prizes.

Kevin Jackson

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