The second episode of the Jamaica Gospel Star Competition got off to an exciting start on Sunday, July 17, 2022, as the top ten finalists and viewers waited with bated breath for host, Basillia Barnaby-Cuff, to announce the names of the seven finalists who would advance to the second stage of the competition. Amoya Thompson-Smith, Regina Campbell, Chantal Smalling, Danielle Mayne, Michaela Jack, Johanna Morgan, and the only male in the competition, Daron Mitchell were deemed the lucky seven to move on, while Kimone Martin, Chantal Simon and Sasha Gay Sutherland did not advance. The show which is produced by the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), an agency of the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, was aired live on PBCJ, Love TV and streamed live on the JCDC Facebook and Youtube pages.
The ‘sensational seven’ were selected based on a 50/50 percentage split between the voting public and the judges. Voting lines opened immediately after the premier show, held on Sunday, July 10, 2022 and closed at 12 noon on Saturday, July 16, 2022. Kimone Martin, Chantal Simon and Sasha Gay Sutherland forms the first set of contestants who will have the opportunity to vie for a second chance, based on the wild card system, ‘Saved by Grace’, one lucky finalist who was voted off during the season and deemed deserving of a second chance, will be brought back by the judges.
The panel of judges included veteran radio personality, singer, songwriter and leader of the Perpetual Sound of Praise, Nadine Blair; multi award winning gospel minister, singer, songwriter Wayne ‘Jai Kingston’ Buchanan and multi award winning gospel minister, singer, songwriter and producer, Jermaine Edwards.
Under the theme, ‘Gospel Reggae and Dancehall’, the seven finalists ignited the stage with high-energy performances, dancing while singing the cover of their favourite songs from local gospel reggae/dancehall artistes. The three eliminated finalists from the premier show were also given a chance to perform and impress the judges as they vie for the coveted ‘Saved by Grace’ spot, which will be revealed during next week’s show.
The names and voting numbers of the remaining seven finalists are as follows:
Danielle Mayne, 876-444-8804
Michaela Jack, 876-444-8805
Johanna Morgan, 876-444-8806
Daron Mitchell, 876-444-8807
Regina Campbell, 876-444-8808
Amoya Thompson-Smith, 876-444-8809
Chantal Smalling, 876-444-8810
Persons are encouraged to call or text the word ‘vote’ from any network to secure the spot of their favourite contestant, as the three finalists with the lowest votes as of 12:00 pm on Saturday, July 23, 2022, will be eliminated and join the first set of contestants hoping to be “Saved by Grace”.
The final elimination show will be aired on Sunday, July 24, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. live on PBC Jamaica and Love TV and streamed live on the JCDC Facebook and YouTube pages. The series will culminate with a grand final which is scheduled to be aired on July 30, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
The Jamaica Gospel Star Competition TV series first premiered in 2021 and is a rebrand of the iconic Jamaica Gospel Song Competition. Unlike its predecessor, the Gospel Star Competition takes the format of an Eliminations-based television show, with contestants performing the cover of their favourite gospel songs in keeping with each week’s theme for votes from the public and the judges. The 2022 series is sponsored by Sagicor, Digicel, CHASE Fund, Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority, the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency, Shirley Biscuit, Love TV and Gospel.
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