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Nov 1, 2012

Superstar finalists are Ladyville high school students

There’s a third finalist in the Be The Next Superstar competition; that’s the drama trio of Colin Smith, Kristen Fuentes and Ashanti Garbutt. The Ladyville group has brought comedy and drama to the stage and has rocked the live and viewing audience with every performance. Unlike the two other finalists, the trio is considered the underdogs in the last leg of the competition, going up against the more established band, Ascenthium and the two Jeremys. But you wouldn’t know all that when you watch them own the stage. Duane Moody sat with them one on three at their high school.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

They have been the underdogs in the competition—that is the drama group comprised of Colin Smith, Kristen Fuentes and Ashanti Garbutt. The sixteen year old year old fourth form students of Ladyville Technical High School had lit up the Bliss Auditorium with their laughter-filled dramas and rambunctious characters.

 

Colin Smith, Be the Next Superstar

“Being that we were one of the younger competitors in the competition, I felt that by being able to exceed in the competition—that we were not eliminated and we are here in the finals—it was something meaningful to me because drama was something I wasn’t really into. But now that I am in high school, I noticed that I developed an interest for it. So being in the competition and making it this far, it is very meaningful to me.”

 

Ashanti Garbutt, Be the Next Superstar

“I started this competition late with my colleagues but being in the competition, I felt a lot of joy and I felt good about what I was doing along with them. For me I just feel good about myself showing off my talent to the world to let them know how I can perform.”

 

Kristen Fuentes

Kristen Fuentes, Be the Next Superstar

“At first it was kinda nerve-wrecking to know that we were pretty young competitors. But over the couple of weeks that we’ve exceeded in the competition, I became relaxed and the hours we put into practice, I became very comfortable. Drama has always been my thing so it’s kinda refreshing.”

 

To prepare for the show, the group has been practicing at school with the help and support of their Vice Principal. But the dedication and preparation has affected their grades in school.

 

Kristen Fuentes

“The time we put in to reach thus far: breaks, lunch, evenings, Saturdays. We seek elder people for the phrases they said back in the days. We sacrifice a lot thus far, but to win the ten thousand, you gotta keep the crowd and you gotta give them what they want.”

 

Duane Moody

“I know that you are in fourth form; CXCs and SBAs need to be done as well as you need to get your performance for the night ready. Has that taken a toll on your school work?”

 

Colin Smith

Colin Smith

“Yes I did notice a slight change in my grades when it came mid-semester time. But I got to say it takes a lot of discipline and it really takes time to strike that balance between being able to maintain your grades and prepare for the show.”

 

But being so young and yet so talented, they have surpassed others in the competition and are now contenders for the title as Belize’s Superstar. For the group, each had a particular performance which they thought was the best.

 

Kristen Fuentes

“Our best performance was the first performance we did—when we brought the old-school. Old-school, the superstar competition is a family show and the performance we did catered for young, old; all ages. And it was fun for me; it was entertaining.”

 

Ashanti Garbutt

Ashanti Garbutt

“My best performance is where we did the presentation based on YES, the one last week; that’s the one that I love the most.”

 

Colin Smith

“The week when we did the Madea skit. I felt that it was a great show for me because we brought across a topic that is very rampant in our society, but we managed to bring it in a way that you would get the message, but it is also comedic and very comical.”

 

However, they all agree that their least favorite performance was when they stepped out of their element and did a dance.

 

Ashanti Garbutt

“Because I knew that we could have done something better than we went to do. Just thanking our supporters, they brought us back with that performance; but that was the least favorite one.”

 

Colin Smith

“My least favorite performance would be the dance basically because we didn’t have much time to prepare for it and I just felt that I know all of our potential and I felt that that one particular performance was substandard to us.”

 

Kristen Fuentes

“My least favorite was also the dance. I felt as if though we were showcasing no kind of talent on the stage.”

 

But Colin, Ashanti and Kristen have been getting support not only from the school and the younger audience, but they have also been soliciting funds from the public.

 

Colin Smith

“We market ourselves the best on the stage. It depends on what you put on the stage that will motivate people to send their votes for you. Apart from that, we’ve done a few posters that we’ve put up around the community. And we have some containers that we ask for donations from those who don’t have SMART phones, [but] who would really like to support us.”

 

Kristen Fuentes

“We are ready to give Belize a ten thousand dollars performance and more. We’ve been practicing; dedicated time; exercise time management plan; everything. So Belize we just hope you are prepared.”

 

I’m Ashanti, I’m Colin, I’m Kristen and we’re Belize’s Next Superstar.

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

So who will be the next superstar? We’ll know that this coming Tuesday.

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1 Response for “Superstar finalists are Ladyville high school students”

  1. History Minded says:

    All the best guys!

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