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Crowd favourite Yohance T. Smith wins GenY Factor Singing Competition 2022

Crowd favourite Yohance T. Smith wins GenY Factor Singing Competition 2022

The crowd favourite Yohance T. Smith has walked away with the top prize of $10,000 to become the winner of the last staging of the Department of Youth Affair and Culture's GenY Factor singing competition 2022.

Held at the Eileen L. Parsons Auditorium at the H. Lavity Community College (HLSCC) last evening July 17, 2022, to a jampacked audience, the competition saw seven persons vying cash prize and the right to be called the GenY singing champion.

After giving it their all in the first two rounds, encore and VI flare, the panel of judges score sheet tally saw Mr Yohance Smith, Calden James, and Mya Brown advancing to the final round with all previous scores erased.

Flawlessly taking on all the notes of Andra Dey's song 'Rise', Smith commanded the highest score from the judges to the point that there was an unofficial announcement by one of the judges declaring him the winner.

After giving it their all in the first two rounds, encore and VI flare, the panel of judges score sheet tally saw Mr Yohance Smith, Calden James and Mya Brown advancing to the final round with all previous scores erased.

Flawlessly taking on all the notes of Andra Dey's song 'Rise', Smith commanded the highest score from the judges to the point that there was an unofficial announcement by one of the judges declaring him the winner.


Tears after performance


Smith broke into tears after his performance further captured the hearts of the audience.

When asked about what inspired his performance, Smith said his mind focused entirely on his adopted grandfather, the late Clarance Thomas, and another close relative when he sang the song.

Having won the top prize Smith is off to getting some bills paid and plugging some cash into his business he added.

On the other hand, Mya said that after hearing the judge’s comments and the performances of her two opponents she knew hands down she hadn't a chance at the big bucks.

For James who won the prizes for the best encore performance and Best at VI performance, he indicated that he went into the competition to go hard or go home and at the end, it was for him to go home.

However, he was confident that his audience was enthralled by his performances.

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