Tuesday, 30 June 2015

CATCH THE BUZZ: Talia Soares, Krystal Tomlinson secure places among Miss Ja World top 20

SHINING TIME: Here at TALLAWAH we can’t help but be huge admirers of young women who pride themselves on being multifaceted all-rounders and seize opportunities as they come. That said, we are sending out massive kudos to Talia Soares, co-host of TV-J’s entertainment show Intense, and Krystal Tomlinson, co-host of FAME FM’s long-running gabfest Uncensored – two media darlings who have secured places among the Top 20 finalists for Miss Jamaica World 2015! While Tomlinson, who first appeared on our radar as a festival queen a few years ago, wears the sash Miss Spa Aesthetique, Soares is Miss Monfose Hair Care Series. The gorgeous gals clearly impressed the judges at last Sunday’s first-round eliminations at the Jamaica Pegasus, where 39 hopefuls were whittled down to the top 20. It’s anyone’s guess who will walk away with the crown at the grand coronation on August 15, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, but judging by the early buzz Soares and Tomlinson have been generating they currently rank among the strongest candidates for the 2015 title. “Talia stands a very good chance of going all the way, and Krystal has experience to her advantage. But we’ll just have to wait and see,” an inside source tells TALLAWAH.

RUNS IN THE FAMILY: Who knew? National sprint champion Asafa Powell, whose superimpressive form is the talk of the own, is being coached by none other than his big brother Donovan Powell, a former top sprinter at the high-school level, who says the former MVP athlete’s much-publicized positive test for a banned substance served to bring the family closer together to weather the crisis. “It hit us very hard as a family because my father always says if a leaf falls off a tree, it should fall on the next son’s shoulders,” Powell recently told an interviewer. “So it hit me as hard as it hit him….. I was as depressed as he was, but our family is very religious and God saw us through.”

STAYING POWER: Where did the original vision for Reggae Sumfest spring from? How do the conceptualizers feel now looking back? “We all had a dream 23 years ago and decided to take a risk. When we look at it now, it did not seem to be a lot of money, but it was a lot of money,” Summerfest Productions’ Johnny Gourzong dished to reporters last Tuesday night as the 2015 iteration of the internationally acclaimed music festival was being launched at the Iberostar Suites in Montego Bay. “We have had our challenges, but we have survived.”

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