Wednesday, 20 July 2011

OVERHEARD: What people are talking about right now

NO STEPPING IN THE NAME OF LOVE: The promoters of Reggae Sumfest are feverishly working to find a last-minute replacement for singer R. Kelly, whose emergency throat surgery Wednesday has rendered him unable to perform indefinitely. He’ll therefore miss his scheduled Friday night appearance at the festival. In a statement released to the public late Wednesday evening, Summerfest advised, “We are exploring several options; we are trying to find a suitable act to step up to the stage on short notice. An announcement will come through our media partners and social media hopefully by Friday.”

Sigh. This is indeed unfavourable news for local R. Kelly devotees. On the upside, however, R&B/hip-hop stars Trey Songz and Drake (who were both on the shortlist of foreign acts for Sumfest 2011) might still be available, pending negotiations.

And for the record, we can confirm that rumours of L.A. Lewis filling in for Kelly are simply not true. #purecomedy

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ON TO THE NEXT ONE: It really is a season for change. Only days ago news surfaced that Neville Bell would be stepping away from his hosting duties at Television Jamaica (TV J), mere weeks after popular Business Day host Owen James also called it a day. Now word arrives that FAME FM veteran Simone Clarke-Cooper is no longer with the station. Pause. No reason has been forthcoming for Clarke-Cooper’s surprising exit, except that she has taken up a new post elsewhere.

But, according to a source at the RJR Group, Clarke-Cooper will continue to make regular appearances as a co-host of TV J’s morning-time show Smile Jamaica. Email requests for a TALLAWAH interview with Clarke-Cooper on this career development (and more) are yet to be answered.

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