In front of a fair sized crowd of a few hundreds, at Carnival Village, Dejour, captivated the judges, with his rendition titled, “Take a Ride- your eyes”; a love song about the girl he desires.
Scoring a total of 435 points, Dejour out-performed his nearest competitor by 17 points, Tempest Records, who had to settle for second place with 418 points, followed by Phi Webbe, in third place with 405 points.
Other contestants in the competition were Carter, (395), Hotta Lyrics, (391), Minister LK, (380), ITYC & Marshall C, (376), Syme, (368), Dollaz, (361), and DJ Delone, (301).
The judges based their decision on the performances that were required to meet the criteria of Lyrics-25 points, Music-20 points, Performance-20 points, Rendition-15 points, and originality-20 points.
The young and obviously popular Dejour brought the crowd alive from the time he entered the stage, with his fans, strategically placed, providing support by waving, singing and shouting throughout the performance.
Entering the stage on his bicycle, accompanied by radio announcer Kupid on his motor bike, Dejour proceeded to sing to his “girl” as she joined him on stage, giving his fans even more reason to scream and shout words of encouragement.
It was another great evening for the ZIZ Radio celebrations. The competition was indeed of a high standard with the contestants investing heavily in their overall performance routines.
For ZIZ however, it was more than a competition, it was also a developmental project for the artistes, who were mostly new to the entertainment arena. As a lead up to the contest, the participants benefitted from a series of training in stage craft (performance), with experienced entertainer, Masud Sadiki; costume/dress preparation with Laverne Caines, Communication and interview skills with Val Henry and even a session on etiquette, with Dauna Manchester.
A spokesperson for ZIZ indicated that it was important to provide as much assistance to the contestants, to aid their overall growth and development as aspiring artistes.
Guest appearances for Saturday night’s contest were made by Footsy, Infamus, Nicha B, Rolensha, and other entertainers.
The winning prizes were presented by Chairman of ZIZ, Peter Jenkins, General Manager, Viere Galloway and Minister of Information, Nigel Carty.
Included amongst the list of specially invited dignitaries were Governor General, Sir Cuthbert Sebastian and Deputy Prime Minister, Sam Condor.