Monday, 2 June 2014

CALL MY NUMBER: Craigy T talks Rising Stars Season 11 + Bolt confirms Aug. 23 assignment + Gibbison makes Scripps’ Top 10

ON WITH THE SHOW: Returning to the judging panel of Digicel Rising Stars this summer for the second straight season, Craig ‘Craigy T’ Thompson has high hopes for the 2014 crop of contestants, but he believes the singers in particular have their work cut out for them. “I definitely want to see the vocalists step up. Last season an instrumentalist won, and I think the singers should really take it up on themselves because it’s really their competition,” he tells TALLAWAH. “So I really expect more from the vocalists, both male and female, this season.” As the show bids adieu to departing judge Tanya Stephens, Season 11 heralds the arrival of Alaine Laughton, who has previously appeared as a guest judge. “I will definitely miss Tanya; she’s a really close friend and I rate her from long time,” Thompson says. “But at the same time I’ve known Alaine for a long time, so it’s still a family vibe and it’s still a cool energy.”

RACE MATTERS: “I like to support new events and help grow the sport all over the world,” offers track-and-field ambassador Usain Bolt ahead of competing at the 5th edition of the LOTTO Warszawski Memorial in the Polish capital of Warsaw on August 23. The meet is the latest addition to the Olympic legend’s summer itinerary, which had included assignments in Ostrava and Paris, among other global destinations.

E-X-E-M-P-L-A-R-Y: From a field of approximately 280 whiz kids from around the world, Jamaica’s Tajaun Gibbison placed 10th overall at Thursday’s Scripps Howard Spelling Bee Championship in Maryland, USA. The Knox College junior, 13 years old, advanced to the grand finale round (the top 12) after acing the rigorous preliminary round and semi-finals that saw several competitors being pulled from the contest on account of below-par results in the written exam administered earlier in the week. Gibbison, a son of Clarendon, was conditioned for the championship by veteran teacher and mentor Rev. Glen Archer, who famously coached a then 12-year-old Jodi-Ann Maxwell to an epic win in 1998.  

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