Feel the beat– Duets

We are now into the 6th week of GT&T’s Feel the Beat Dance Competition and it appears that the dancers are getting a lot more serious in terms of bringing it.  The contestants were paired and charged to perform a duet after one week of stringent rehearsals and being trained by a choreographer.

This week featured the Easter Special and each pair had to perform an interpretation of contemporary music from the movie The Preachers Wife starring the late Whitney Houston. The dancers then had to perform a solo for the judges. Viewers then had the opportunity to vote for their favourite dancer.

Duets Clifton and Latoya
These two performers started a bit shaky but gradually moved along and synchronised. However this did not go down well with the audience, or maybe it was because as judge Clive Prowell said, “It’s hard to look at the dance when a male angel is running around with a skirt.”
The Scene’s rating:  2.5 Stars

Isaiah and Lynn
Week after week Isaiah has impressed the judges, and this performance made me see why he has come so far. The passion and articulation of both dancers was awesome. It was joyful and expressive.
The Scene’s rating: 4 Stars

Quaison and Abigail
These two were nicely presented but as the judges noted- the dance didn’t live up to the costume. To me it was lacking something, it had nothing special about it and to quote Judge Vivienne Daniel, “it was spiritually connected but just not perfected.”
The Scene’s rating: 2 Stars

Dominic and Adona
Great portrayal of character on Adona’s half; she never ceases to amaze me! The judges added that the performance was a spiritual connection, gracefully done and heartfelt.
The Scene’s rating: 3.5 Stars

Jamal, Sonia and Sasha
Because they were 17 contestants these three performers were grouped together, and boy did they pull it off! It was beautifully presented and exceptionally expressed; I just love how Jamal incorporated his hip hop dance moves into a contemporary piece.
The Scene’s rating: 4.7 Stars

Jamain and Luciana
I loved the expression and the spiritual energy, it was really a pleasing performance but just wasn’t ‘banging’. Luciana was the obvious attraction as always, the judges noted that she made the dance live and she played her role. Jamain’s shortcomings, however, brought down their rating.
The Scene’s rating: 3.5 Stars

David and Nadata
The dance was expressive. It felt joyful. David finally used his smile in the right place; normally he would look ludicrous in his performances but he really pulled it off. Beautifully done!
The Scene’s rating: 4 Stars

Kenrick and Patricia
Mr Kenrick Cheeks, I have a question for you… When will you ever let me down?
It amazes me to see Kenrick’s transformation week after week; I see a bright future for this contestant. These two were definitely the audience’s favourite – the crowd was electrified! The judges just had to remark that they were so many emotions; you felt the emotions coming out.
The Scene’s rating: 4.5 Stars – Highest for the week.

Solo Performances
The 17 contestants danced for 35 seconds for their careers and opportunity to be elevated into the next round – but at the end of the day, the decision is up to you Guyana. The judges gave their ratings; 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest. Here are the 4 judge’s reviews:
Latoya: 6, 6, 7, 5
Clifton: 5, 6, 5, 7
Lynn: 7, 6, 7, 4
Isaiah: 7, 9, 9, 4
Abigail: 6, 6, 9, 3
Quaison: 8, 9, 7, 7
Adona: 5, 7, 6, 6
Dominic: 4, 7, 6, 4
Sonia: 4, 6, 5, 7
Jamal: 9, 9, 10, 6
Sasha: 6, 7, 7, 8
Jamain: 8, 8, 7, 9
Luciana: 9, 10, 9, 8
David: 9, 8, 7, 7
Nadata: 7, 8, 8, 8
Kenrick: 8, 7, 7, 7
Patricia: 7, 7, 7, 6

For those of you who are wondering about Ian, more popularly known as ‘Male Shakira’ he left for unknown reasons and was replaced by the Berbician Clifton. Clifton has danced his way to the Top 17 after being given the opportunity to come back. This week we shall see if Guyana placed him in the next round of GT&T’s: Feel the Beat Dance Competition. (Jairo Rodrigues)

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