Common sentiments of “not giving up” seem to be on the lips of the first eight contestants to have been eliminated from the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall Competition.
The eight were eliminated over a two-week period from an equally divided total of 20 finalists. In the divided group, four contestants were sent home each week, two princes and two princesses. Medal Tally from the Montego Bay auditions and Triple Threat from Ocho Rios, the only group to have advanced to the TV rounds, and both women from the Kingston audition, Reggae Queen and Baby Glamorous.
Reggae Queen is not pessimistic about the result, stating: “I was happy to have entered the competition and be given the chance to show my talent to Jamaica. It exposed me and I’m glad for that and I know I can do more in entering the competition next time around.” The deejay who previously confessed that her motivation came from her mother, now deceased, said: “This isn’t the end for me and I will be doing some work on coming back.”
The youngest contestant, Baby Glamorous, opined: “Things happen for a reason. What I need to do now is to learn from my mistakes and get back in the game.”
Medal Tally expressed similar sentiments, outlining that giving up wasn’t an option. He said: “When you believe in something, you can’t stop at an obstacle.”
Triple Threat should have been the most distraught; the group, after fighting individually at three auditions and being repeatedly turned down, came together as a group and were lucky to advance.
When questioned about not making it after all this effort, Dwayne ‘Gansta Wasp’ Forrester thanked those who supported the group and said: “We slip up some parts and we improving ourselves and working on getting back in the game because music is our passion.”
Tattoo also said: “Things don’t always turn out for the best the first time and you can’t let that prevent you from achieving what you want. You just have to get up and try again.”
T-Gee was the other female contestant in the second pool to make her way home. She said: “I was shocked, to tell you the truth. I was expecting to go through and I was so nervous just before the announcement of the persons going through, but there is always another year and time for you to improve, especially since we know what the judges and Jamaica is looking for.”
The other two voted off the competition were Warrior and Neckoteen. Both expressed shock at their fate but professed continued determination and stated that it was not the end of the road for them as they were re-evaluating themselves while preparing for a comeback.
Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall continues with a weekly dose of good, clean lyrics. The competition is set to heat up as the final 12 contestants vie for top honours.
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