BLACK BEAUTY: Stephens takes on one of her toughest roles to date.
We're optimistic about Tanya Stephens joining the Digicel Rising Stars judging panel (opposite Craigy-T Thompson and Anthony Miller) this season. In that spirit, here are our 3 tips for success:
1. Honesty is the best policy:
Stephens needs to realize that the greatest gift she can give to the next generation of Romain Virgos and Lenya Wilks's is brutal honesty. After all, there are far worse fates than discovering you don't have what it takes to become a professional singer or deejay.
2. Authority always wins:
If Stephens wants to connect with home viewers and help the contestants, she must learn how to instantly formulate an opinion about a performance -- and stick to that opinion regardless of what her fellow judges say.
3. There's no substitute for keeping it real:
Stephens should have no trouble in remembering that Rising Stars is about finding the next big talent, and not about self-promotion in the glare of the public spotlight. With that in mind, she could easily begin a new chapter as the woman who helped breathe new life into Jamaica's number-one TV show.