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    Cool American takes 'Dancehall Queen' title

    The Jamaica Star :: Entertainment :: American takes 'Dancehall Queen' title :: July 29, 2008



    A beaming Michelle Young (centre), the 2008 International Dancehall Queen and first runner-up Moika Stapley (left) and second runner-up Nami Crissy Kerisu at the conclusion of the Dancehall Queen Competitio held in Montego Bay on the weekend. - Nathaniel Stewart

    Twenty-three-year-old Michelle Young, of Boston in the United States, created history yesterday morning at the Pier One Complex, in Montego Bay, when she became the first American to win the coveted Red Label Wine International Dancehall Queen title.

    "I have never been this happy in my entire life," said the diminutive Young, as tears of joy rolled down her cheeks. "I am going to cherish this moment for the rest of my life - I am on top of the world."

    By virtue of becoming the 11th winner of the annual contest, the charismatic Young, relegated fellow American, 24-year-old Moika Stapley, of Los Angeles and 22-year-old Japanese Nami Crissy Kerisu, into second and third places respectively.

    Young also walked away with over $500,000 in cash and prizes.

    "I am extremely pleased with the way things went tonight, the fans came out in their thousands and it was an incident-free event," said businessman Brian 'Big Head' Martin, the promoter of the event.

    "I want to congratulate the 31 contestants and the fans for making this year one of the best ever."



    Latest dance moves
    In addition to the top three places, which saw all three contestants getting trophies and gift packages, two other awards were handed out. The acrobatic Tavia Morris, one of the crowd favourites won the Best Costume Award while Young, who dazzled with her mastery of all the latest dance moves, took the Best Dancer Award.

    Although Young was velvet smooth in all the various segments, initially it looked as though Morris would upstage her. The athletic Morris had the crowd in awe at one stage as she climbed one of the pylons supporting the stage and ended up dancing inside the roof, between the stage lights and decorations.

    Unlike in previous years, the show flowed smoothly with very few glitches from the action started at 11:30 p.m. until shortly after 4:00 a.m. when Young was crowned against the backdrop of the pulsating beat of Beenie Man and Chevelle Franklin's hit, Dancehall Queen.



    Bonus entertainment
    In between the various segments, which first saw a top 15 and then a top 5, the patrons were treated to bonus entertainment courtesy of several guest dancers, including the popular Marvin.

    The deejays on the Pure Playazz Sound System also served up delightful entertainment, unleashing a barrage of dub plates, pre-releases and dancehall classics.

    Prior to the final segment, patrons were treated to a fabulous fashion show featuring some of the latest fashion from Big Head Clothing Store.

    Giveaways form an integral part of the rich atmosphere of excitement, which was spearheaded by renowned entertainment personality Jerry D. The giveaways included sex toys and adult videos from First Choice Video and condoms from Slam Condoms. Two lucky patrons also won a Blackberry and a component set courtesy of the promoter.

    Throughout the contest, patrons were treated to high quality dancing as most of the contestants had properly choreographed dance routines. Some even came with their own dub-plates, which made generous mention of their names and the various dances they were doing.

    When the top 5 was announced and Morris, who lit up the last segment with her roof climbing and suggestive gyration, was not included, it left little doubt that the title would go to Young, who captured the audience early and never let them go.

    The announcement that she was the queen was greeted with loud cheers.

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    she does a good job too. see her in boston all the time. big up my girl.

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    500K Jamaican dollars. right

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneshot View Post
    500K Jamaican dollars. right
    Why is that hard to believe? It says in cash & prizes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahpikne View Post
    Why is that hard to believe? It says in cash & prizes
    nah i am asking the currency

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oneshot View Post
    nah i am asking the currency
    ok definitely has to be JA dollars , if its US then I'm sending my sister there next year

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