Wednesday, 12 October 2011

COFFEE TALK: Buzzworthy new talent series headed to local TV

Promising some fierce American Idol-esque competition to local fall TV, On the Verge seems set to pick up where the recently-ended eighth season of Digicel Rising Stars left off. The talent show, coming to TV J (Fridays at 8:30pm) later this month, offers stardom hopefuls a range of desirable prizes, including a chance to perform at next year’s Youth View Awards (YVAs). Judged by Ce’Cile, Dexter Pottinger and Tifa, On The Verge is open to dancers, singers and DJ's (rappers) with auditions set for Kingston (Oct. 29), Portmore (Nov. 5), Montego Bay (Nov. 12) and Mandeville (Nov. 19). Contestants can either be talented individuals or a group – between the ages of 14 to 24 years. And all performances must feature songs released in 2011.

Though the original plan was for PM Bruce Golding to exit the top post in mid-November, it’s been revealed that he may demit office as early as next week. Translation: exciting successor, education minister Andrew Holness, the sole candidate at this point to replace Golding, could become Jamaica’s new Prime Minister ahead of schedule. According to Information minister Daryl Vaz, in support of a smooth and timely transition of power when the big day arrives, Golding and Holness on Wednesday left the island for Washington to make a commitment to some of Jamaica’s foreign partners that policies will remain unaffected in the wake of the impending change in leadership.

Embattled dancehall entertainer Vybz Kartel may be currently facing murder and conspiracy charges, but his new CVM reality-based dating show, Teacha’s Pet, is staying put. According to the show’s producers and CVM personnel, in spite of the backlash in some quarters over the distasteful and horrifying “dating” series – and the serious charges against the star – the station has little choice but to honour the contractual arrangements while taking into account viewer expectations.

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