Host Kareem-Nelson Hull stands between two singers as they await judges’ feedback during the semifinals of the Gen Y Factor competition on Saturday at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium. Photo: DEAN GREENAWAY

If at first you don’t succeed, try again. That was exactly what East End singer Lorenzo Thomas did this weekend.

Host Kareem-Nelson Hull stands between two singers as they await judges’ feedback during the semifinals of the Gen Y Factor competition on Saturday at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium. Photo: DEAN GREENAWAY
Last year, Mr. Thomas signed up for the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports’ Gen Y Factor singing competition, but he failed to make it past the auditions.

This year, he gave it another shot.

Mr. Thomas’ rendition of Labrinth’s “Jealous,” which was among many songs that entertained around 300 concertgoers on Saturday night at the Eileene L. Parsons Auditorium, helped score him a trip to the finals along with 11 other young performers.

“I got encouraged by my cousin to do it, and I’m glad I did,” he said at the end of the night. “And I’ve had a great time.”

All told, the competition included 18 singers — two from each district in the territory — who took to the stage before a three-member judging panel.

At the end of each performance, the judges took turns giving feedback.

“I think it was an amazing competition filled with talent and great potential,” said Lincoln Ward, one of the judges. “They were all good; it’s just that some others were better.”

 

See the May 17, 2017 edition for full coverage.

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