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Rising Stars Recap: the Fantastic Five

August 23, 2010

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We are now approaching the final leg of the Rising Stars competition. Usually, it is the persons who have made it to the Top 5 who are considered the real performers. On Sunday, August 22, 2010 the top 5 contestants were announced who we like to call the Fantastic 5 (we’ll cover the titles we will use for the rest of the performance shows later). Now lets deal with the eliminations. The host Lady Renae called the names of those who were safe one by one starting with Camaley, followed by her superman Jermaine Michaels, this order has been repeated for the passed three weeks. I called him her superman because he has been her brace during the whole competition. Then Nekorah. Then “dog face” Dalton. Persons who have been watching will know why I call him that – his facial expression.
So that left Toni Blair and Ms. Low Self Esteem Latoya Chambers to battle for a position in the Fantastic 5. Toni graced us as she did last week and Latoya once again, annoyed us. Can’t she smile and appear happy for once? You can imagine my excitement when all the judges, without hesitation or contemplation, chose to send Latoya packing. I just loved that moment when Lady Renae told Latoya that there’s no one like her. I found it funny because in my mind I only heard no one likes her.
Here are the weekly titles for the rest of the competition:

    The Fantastic 5
    The Fabulous 4
    The Terrific or (terrible) Three
    The Tantalizing Two
    The Winner.

Wayne Marshall was co-host in the Chill Room with Pepita this week and told the contestants that they are role models and advised them to keep their reputation clean. (HEAR THAT MAD-MAN BERES? NO BANGARANG!)
Onwards to the episode recap!

THE FANTASTIC 5

This week, the contestants were again put to the test as they were asked to perform the genre ska. For those who are not familiar with the genre, here is an explanation.
Ska is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1950s, and was the precursor to rocksteady and reggae. Ska combined elements of Caribbean mento and calypso with American jazz and rhythm and blues. It is characterized by a walking bass line accented with rhythms on the upbeat. In the early 1960s, ska was the dominant music genre of Jamaica and was popular with British mods.

Nekorah was first. Dressed in layers and layers of plaited material, she performed a song called Shanti Town, which she spoiled. She was flat for the most part and from what I know about SKA it involves a lot a dancing, you are required to move and I doubt walking from left to right would ever be considered dancing, yet surprisingly I was more focused on her moving than her voice. She did well for the past two weeks, but this week she failed.
The judges, Anthony being the main culprit, highlighted that the first song she sang was not SKA. The judges did like the second song she chose. I liked neither. Here’s a picture of Nekorah for all our readers who have not been watching.

Nekorah Phillips

Toni Blair followed after. She performed Oh Henry and Simma Down. You can’t help but smile when you see Toni perform. She was clearly enjoying herself and I am not mad at her! She gave us that umph. The vibe was there and her presentation was accurate. She did great and she deserved to be in the Fantastic 5. I have to commend her on her SKA movement, she tried. Anthony however had a different view on her performance. He called her dull, co-judge Nadine wasn’t going to let him get away with that and rebutted saying she NO ONE CAN LOOK AT TONI AND CALL HER DULL. I would have to agree. To patronize Anthony a bit more, Toni kept laughing at him while he tried to bash her! She had that “negro plz’ face. She laughed and laughed and made me laugh and laugh and I’m sure she made everyone laugh and laugh……AT ANTHONY. Hilarious! Here she is.

Toni Blair

Word on the street this week with Kimone asked what persons would change in the competition if they had a chance. Most persons said nothing. But of course there were some who said that they would change Anthony and immediately the vox pop was changed to “is Anthony a good judge?” many said he is the reason why they watch and that he displays tough love. While some said he needs to go because he is too harsh.
Dalton was third. This was a test for Dalton because I wasn’t sure is his voice could manage a SKA song but surprisingly, he handled it well. He didn’t sound like the real SKA singers but he compromised and we accepted it. One thing is bothering me though. When he is required to dance he doesn’t but he chose to annoy me the other day by crucifying Crawl by Chris Brown. Anthony said that he was not pleased by the performance as he did not have the SKA thing going on. Of course, Nadine opposed by saying she wanted “Dalton Singing Ska” and that is what she got. Here is he.

Dalton James

Camaley the sweetheart in the competition performed My Boy Lollipop by Millie Small. This genre, as mentioned before asks for dancing to add the finishing touch on any Ska performance. So clearly this would have been a challenge for Camaley. Was it? NO! Her dramatics made up for that restriction. She was being a girl and enjoying every second of it. Her notes were on point and she did not miss a key. At one point she started kicking her legs like a cute 5 year old and she flirted with her backup dancer. She left it to him to do the dancing while she dealt with the vocals. Anthony commented saying that it seems that she was the only one who knew the art of Ska. Here is Camaley.

Camaley

Ok you know who is last. And boy was his performance funny. Seeing this “rude bwoy” embarrass himself made my night! Jermaine proved to us that he can turn Ska into praise and worship! What in the lords name was he doing? NOOOOO JERMAINE, ROCKING LEFT TO RIGHT IS NOT SKA! Oh my god, I was too ashamed to look at my television screen clearly the camera man had the same issue as for the most part the camera was focused on the back up dancers. The celebrity judge, Tanya Stephens said she was easily attracted by the dancers because basically, he was not pleasant to look at during his performance. I guess she was just as embarrassed as I was. Here is Jermaine Michaels.

Jermaine Michaels

So there’s the episode recap. Here are some of the popular tweets made on Twitter Sunday night.

    FINALLY LATOYA GAWN HOME!
    Nadine cyaa stan Anthony enuh
    Dem cyaa find some betta ppl fi interview?
    Tanya Stephens was a good judge.
    Pepita did well this week.

So that’s all. See yah next week when I cover the Fabulous 4. Its yah boi Durvii.

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  1. Sasha permalink
    August 24, 2010 7:49 am

    I look forward to reading these every week!
    I’m not able to watch the show. But when I read these, I feel like I was right there in the studio. Keep it up!

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