Grand finale of Karaoke Challenge Monday
Karrie Williams, Gleaner Writer
There will be four finalists vying for the top prize of $100,000 when the Sea Star Inn's Karaoke Challenge comes to a grand finale on Monday night at the West End hotel in Negril.
The four include rising entertainer Touch of Gold, who hails from August Town in Kingston; Shelly Campbell, a resident of Savanna-la-Mar and an entertainment coordinator at Beaches Negril, Iesha Sterling, a past student of Victor Dixon High school in Mandeville; and Abigail Arthurs, a West End native who was also one of the top-two contestants to appear on the opening night of the competition.
Speaking with Western Focus, an excited Sterling revealed what her immediate plans would be if she emerged the winner.
"I am pleasantly surprised ... . There were some weeks when it seems I wouldn't get through, so to end up in the final four is very exciting," she said. "It would mean so much to emerge the winner, as I have plans to pursue studies in psychology, and the winning cash prize would give me a much-needed start."
Sterling was among the first eight contestants who competed on the opening night of the competition. Though she did not advance that night, she returned in subsequent weeks to show the judges she was indeed worthy of a spot in the finals. She acknowledged the support of her father, Japheth Sterling, who she said has been "accompanying me throughout the various stages of the competition, constantly giving me the support and confidence I need to persevere".
The grand prize is $100,000. Second place will net $50,000, the third-place contestant will take home $25,000, and $10,000 for fourth. Sectional prizes will also be awarded to the four finalists.
During Monday night's finale, contestants will be required to each perform a total of five songs, one of which must be a favourite from the competition.
Admission, which will cover a serving of chicken wings and a cup of rum punch, is $500.