The All New Digicel Rising Stars kicks off on Saturday May 21 with auditions to be held in 5 locations across the country. The auditions will run for three weekends ending on Saturday June 4.
As with last year, the Digicel Rising Stars auditions will only span three weekends with back to back auditions on the first two weekends. Auditions will begin at 7:30AM and end at 3PM at all locations. The show’s producers say members of the team will be ready to start registering contestants from as early as 6:30AM.
The first stop this year for the Digicel Rising Stars’ judges will be in May Pen with auditions at the Leiba’s Esso Gas Station on Saturday May 21. The team then head to Portmore the following day at the Portmore Town Centre. One week later the Digicel Rising Stars team will be searching for talent on the north coast with auditions at The Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay on Saturday May 28. On Sunday May 29 auditions are at Island Village in Ocho Rios. The Rising Stars team then hops over to Kingston for the final audition on June 4 at the Girl Guides’ Headquarters.
This year, to assure quality, the producers and Judges will be picking the 12 Finalists who will make it to the Live Stage. This means that the public will not begin voting until Live Shows begin on July 3rd.
Digicel Rising Stars’ producer Sharon Schroeter explains the change: “The mass public doesn’t usually start voting until the lives, when they can really get to see what the contestants have to offer, so we found that many who made it from auditions did because they had more friends and family voting for them than others.”
“We also found that it was not always fair that we had to choose a certain amount from each audition location as we may see more than five excellent contestants in one location but had to round it down to five. Now that we are just selecting the best 12 finalists from all five auditions, everyone has a fair advantage.”
Since the Final 12 will be chosen from all five auditions, the persons who make it through the preliminary round at any location will then move on to Star Registration where they will be video recorded. These videos will then be viewed by a panel which includes the two resident Judges, Bambino and Tessanne Chin along with the show’s producers.
Also new this year is the DRS Fast Pass which will be handed out by scouts. Scouts will visit karaoke’s and recording studios around the island in search of talent. The DRS Fast Pass will be given to persons who the scouts feel stand a good chance of being a finalist for the live shows. The DRS Fast Pass allows persons to by-pass the preliminary rounds at auditions and go straight into Star Registration.
Meanwhile new Digicel Rising Stars’ host, Terri-Karelle Reid, says she is excited about the auditions: “I am extremely excited to start the auditions. I expect a great turn out, fantastic talent and real star quality. I am pumped and really looking forward to it.”
Audition shows will begin airing on TVJ on Sunday June 19 and Sunday June 26 and Live shows begin on Sunday July 3. All shows will be aired at 8PM.
So if you want to showcase your talent to all of Jamaica, come to any of the five auditions Island wide. The auditions begin on Saturday May 21 at Leiba’s Gas Station in May Pen then move to the Portmore Town centre on Sunday May 22. Western Jamaica will get their chance on Saturday May 28 at The Wexford, Montego Bay and the 4th stop for the Digicel Rising Stars Auditions will be on Sunday May 29 at Island Village in Ocho Rios. The 5th and final audition will be held in Kingston at the Girl Guides’ Headquarters on Saturday June 4. All auditions begin at 7:30AM and end at 3PM.