Digicel Rising Stars, Jamaica’s popular staple talent show that debut in 2004 on Television Jamaica (TVJ) is Jamaica’s is back! Well not quite yet! The talent show is expected to take a different approach this year when kicks off the season with its first contestant audition on Saturday April 10 at the Leibas Gas Station, May Pen .
The producer of the show are promising an exciting-packed season seven with a new-package of : a New Host, New Chill Room Host, New Format, New Set Design, and a New Audition schedule!
Sorry to disappoint potential contestants, but Anthony “Killer” Miller remains! Clyde McKenzie and Nadine Sutherland are still guaranteed as well as several guest judges throughout the season.
The ‘Fluffy Diva’ Miss Kitty is expected to take over the reigns from Kerie-Ann ‘Kiki’ Lewis-Thombs as host of the Chill Room.
“The show will now only air on Sundays with the Results segment (30 minutes) starting the show. As in previous years, all Live shows will be held at the Courtleigh Auditorium however this year there will be no Mas Camp Live Final show. The Live Final show will be held at the Courtleigh Auditorium and will air from 8PM – 10PM,” quoted a release by Alykhat PR, the publicist firm responsible for Digicel Rising Stars.
Digicel Rising Stars is expected to run on local television station TVJ from June 6 to September 19, each Sunday from 8PM to 9:30PM.
After announcing Yendi Phillips departure from the show questions began swirling as to who would be her replacement. Yendi has been hosting Digicel Rising Stars since it 5th Season when then host Denise Hunt left the show in the 4th season in 2008. Unlike last time when Yendi replaced Denise Jamaica will have a say in who becomes the next host of the 2010 season, through voting!
Alykhat PR notes that the position of Host for Digicel Rising Stars will be offer through Open Auditions in Montego Bay and Kingston from which 6 potential Hosts (decided by Digicel Rising Stars Producers) will be shortlisted and given a chance to publicly audition for Jamaica during Contestant Auditions. The new Host will be announced on the first live show on Sunday July 4.
The Host Audition in Montego Bay will take place at the Wexford Court Hotel between 2 and 7 PM on March 30. While the Kingston auditions for Host of Rising Star 2010 will take place at the Knutsford Court Hotel from 12PM to 7PM on Thursday the 1st of April. All auditions for Host are open to males and females 18 years and older.
In the mean time Auditions for persons wanting to be the 2010 Digicel Rising Star will take place in 5 locations across the Island for only 1 day with the exception of Kingston. Five persons will be selected by the Judges from each location with the exception of Kingston where 10 will be selected.
The dates for contestant auditions are:
- Saturday April 10 – Leibas Gas Station, May Pen
- Sunday April 11 – Portmore Heart Academy, Portmore
- Saturday April 17 – The Wexford, Montego Bay
- Sunday April 18 – Hibiscus Lodge, Ocho Rios
- Saturday April 24 & Sunday April 25 – Girl Guides HQ, Kingston
Digicel Rising Stars is open to anyone over the age of 16, who is not currently signed to a management or recording contract, and is a citizen of Jamaica or has a visa, entitling them to enter and work in Jamaica. At the auditions, participants may either perform individually or in groups of up to six. With six auditions this season, participants who are unsuccessful at one location may try again at any other location.
Contestants will be battling this year for the first prize of J$1,000,000 and a music video, while first and second runner-ups will respectively receive J$600,000 and J$400,000. Sponsors this year are Digicel (of course), KFC, Pepsi, TVJ, RJR Communications Group, The Star, Knutsford Court Hotel and the Courtleigh Auditorium.