Sharona Jonas becomes first Digicel Stars winner

After three months of ear-pleasing and eye-catching performances, as well as some lyrical chauvinism from its mentors, Digicel Stars crowned its first winner, Sharona Jonas during its highly anticipated season finale… on Sunday night Jonas, mentored by Team Pop leader and head of the ASHE performing arts group, Conroy Wilson became the first Digicel Star; walking away with a million dollar cheque in the process. Her coronation capped out a two-hour long grand finale that featured several contestants who performed earlier this season including Alwyn Bleeching, Golda Watson and Fallon Phillips as well as Team R&B leader and prominent recording artiste, D Major. Additionally, each of the four teams that competed in Digicel Stars performed renditions representing their respective genres as Team Jamaican Sound, led by the executive producer for Equiknoxx Music Group, Derrick Coffie, performed a respectable edition of Morgan Heritage’s Down By The River while Team R&B followed up with a rendition of the Isley Brother’s, Caravan of Love. Team Gospel, represented by legendary Gospel singer, Carlene Davis performed Hallelujah to a great response from the crowd while the aforementioned Jonas stood out as Team Pop sang Stand Up For Love. Once it got to the last four, Jonas competed against Team Gospel’s Lawayne McLean and Richie Bless as well as DSL, who represented Jamaican Sound. DSL, who struggled to an extent during Digicel Star’s early stages, redeemed himself with a cover of Damian Marley’s chart-topping hit, Affairs of The Heart. Richie Bless then went into his medley of Gospel songs while expressing his joy at being in the finale. Richie Bless’ Gospel compatriot, Lawayne McLean gave an emotionally charged rendition of My Redeemer Lives, re-affirming her stance as a favorite in the competition to tears as she insisted that regardless of the result, she already felt she was victorious. However, Sharona Jonas was not to be denied in her quest for glory as her quite scintillating and powerful vocals took center stage with her rendition of Rihanna’s effort, Where Have You Been All My Life. Jonas amazed fans with her musical abilities as well as her flexibility, doing a split on stage round out her performance. Then it came down the big moment as a stunningly beautiful Terri-Karelle Reid announced the final results of the competition. DSL took home JA$250,000 with his fourth-placed finish while Richie Bless finished third, waking away with JA$400,000. It then came down to Jonas and McLean and while both were worthy of being crowned Digicel Stars champions, it was the vivacious Jonas who topped McLean to earn the top prize, with McLean taking home JA$600,000 in the runner-up spot.

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