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    • Thirty-seven Jamaicans will showcase their talent at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Song semi-final, scheduled to take place at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre.
    • This competition will see the JCDC, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, selecting the top 10 persons who will vie for the number one position in the 2015 Festival Song Competition and a chance to win over $1 million in cash and prizes.
    • Mr. Reid said the 10 finalists will participate in workshops, including voice training, stage appearances and interview techniques to get them ready for the public. The group will also be prepared to present their songs at an album launch.

    Thirty-seven Jamaicans will showcase their talent at the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC) Festival Song semi-final, scheduled to take place at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, 36 Hope Road, Kingston 10, on Thursday, March 26, starting at 6:00 p.m.

    This competition will see the JCDC, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture, selecting the top 10 persons who will vie for the number one position in the 2015 Festival Song Competition and a chance to win over $1 million in cash and prizes.

    Festival Song Coordinator at the JCDC, David Reid, told JIS News that the semi-finalists will be selected by a panel of judges, who will be looking for a song that “best captures the Jamaican spirit and promote patriotism in time for this year’s Independence celebrations.” He said that some 70 persons had submitted entries to the competition.

    Mr. Reid said the group was asked to submit CDs containing their songs, one of the requirements for entering the competition

    “We listened to the CDs and came away with 37 for the semi-finals. We have heard their songs and now we want to see them in performance, so we can move forward for the top ten,” he said.

    Mr. Reid said the 10 finalists will participate in workshops, including voice training, stage appearances and interview techniques to get them ready for the public. The group will also be prepared to present their songs at an album launch.

    The Coordinator said he is happy with the group of singers and songs selected so far. “We have material that we can work with and to deliver a good festival song to the nation,” he added.