Top two win it with talent
TWO power-packed talent presentations helped Raheem Cox and Charlene Christmas secure the top spots as Mr & Mrs SJPP 2011 last Saturday night at the auditorium of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.
Both Cox and Christmas also soared in the question and answer segment of the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic’s pageant, making them popular choices when they were announced winners around 11:30 p.m.
The questions were taken from all the contestants’ bios and focused on the strong points in their lives.
Cox, Mr Administration, brought members of the audience to their feet with a well choreographed dance that ended with a Michael Jackson scenario. His smooth moves had the audience in awe, making full use of the stage as he danced to various genres of music.
Cox wore a white suit, with a hand-painted waistcoat decorated with blue and white glass rhinestones, and a pink cravat worn as the neck tie told of Reflections, highlighting his past and a promising future ahead. He took the titles of Mr Amity and Best Talent.
Christmas, who was Miss Electrical Engineering, was beautiful in a bustier gown, titled Reflections Of The Garden, which she herself hand-painted, highlighting her love for nature through an array of colours.
Patrons were fascinated as the 22-year-old artist stood on stage and painted a safari scene in less than three minutes, bringing her victory in the Best Talent category in the female segment.
Second place went to another crowd favourite Charlene Prescod, who copped almost all the prizes on the evening, and Antonio Springer.
Prescod won Miss General Studies, Miss Photogenic, Miss Amity, The People’s Choice Queen and also Best Gown.
Her talent, a dramatic piece titled How Bout Hey Get So, addressed young people and their behaviour, while her evening gown The Rose Meets The Orchid, reflected on her growing up as a young child who loved roses and orchids. The flowing gown of fuchsia and purple was beautifully adorned with beaded appliqué at the top.
Antonio Springer, Mr Mechanical & Printing, chose a “Mystic” aquamarine suit, which highlighted the Caribbean beach and its tranquillity. He offered a John Legend song for talent, and had the ladies singing along as he wooed them with Everybody Knows.
He was named Most Consistent Contestant, and Most Disciplined Male.
Third place went to Ashley Evelyn and Kelvin Mallet Jr.
Evelyn, appearing as Miss Automotive And Welding, sparkled in a lilac silk chiffon gown highlighted by silver sequins titled Genesis. She, too, presented a very good talent segment portraying an imprisoned young woman who had tried everything negative after succumbing to peer pressure. She was judged Most Impressive Female at the launch.
Mallett Jr, who won prizes for Mr Photogenic and People’s Choice King, did a lovely drama titled Two Per Cent, which dealt with the claim made in a SUNDAY SUN story earlier this year that only two per cent of Bajan men were straight. His mustard coloured suit, cut neatly to showcase his athletic body, was designed to show his love for sports.