Gen-Y Finalists Set Stage For Weekend

Javon Liburd, Staff Reporter | 1 Opinions
Published: June 15, 2017 8:14 am AST
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The stage is being set, and the competitive tension among this year’s Gen-Y Factor finalists is thick, as they prepare to put on a show like no other, and sing as if their lives depended on it.

The twelve finalists of this year’s district battle competition, along with other performers and producers of the show, are working tirelessly to smooth out the edges and fine-tune various aspects of the competition, to ensure things run smooth at the grand finale.

The competitors, who advanced from the semi-finals held on May 6, will go head to head in the finals of the competition this coming Saturday, June 17, at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town.

This year’s finalists are Kathlyn Archibald, District One; Jade Hodge, District Two; Shauna-Kay Miller, District Three; Essynce Evans, District Four; Lebritnie Legair and Abigail Christopher, District Five; Janae Estridge and Jamori Blaize, District Six; Lorenzo Thomas, District Seven; Zabdiel France, District Eight; and Kadijah Roberts and Jaani Ricketts, District Nine.

During their time from the semi-finals until now, the singers have been through a range of developmental sessions to hone their skills and perfect their performances.

A workshop, which featured several local music veterans, including Zoey McMillan and Bisa Smith, as well as the finalists from last year’s competition, was also conducted to encourage the competitors on their journey.

Each finalist also had an opportunity to work alongside their assigned coaches, to fine-tune their final performance.

The finals will see each contender performing one song for two and a half minutes.

Speaking with Mrs. Brenda Lettsome Tye, Director of the Department of Youth and Sports, she guarantees that this year's show will be an amazing one, highlighting that the show will open with a bang.

She also expressed that another highlight of this year’s competition is the district battle, rather than an individual one.

“Persons are not only coming out to support a family member or a friend, but their districts as well. This year’s competition is completely different. We have the entire Territory involved. We wanted to reach the entire community, not just pockets.”

As it relates to the prizes, she disclosed that the winner will receive a studio package deal worth over $25,000, along with other prizes such as wardrobe and electronics.

BVI Platinum News also caught up with Durnel Sanderson, winner of the 2016 edition of the competition. He noted that his time as winner has been a growing one.

“There have been a lot of mistakes, a lot of mishaps, but it’s not the mistakes you make, but what you do after them. It’s been a growing experience for me.”

He noted that he intends to grow even more in the industry.

In advice to this year’s competitors, he said that confidence is vital.

“My message to them is basically confidence. With the right people around you, the right encouragement, the right everything, once your atmosphere and environment is set, and you are confident in what you’re doing, then there will be success. No matter if you don’t win or place in the top five, knowing that you did your best is an accomplishment.”

He added, “They [finalists] are all good and I expect nothing but greatness from them. I’ve been listening to them and going to their rounds. They are really great finalists.”

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