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An electrified crowd of mostly Sandals team members yearned for more as the curtains came down on the resort-company’s annual Encore talent competition in St. Lucia on the weekend.
The keenly contested showdown proved that Sandals employees are able in more than their day-to-day responsibilities. Every Sandals, Beaches and Grande Pineapple Island were proficiently represented except for Grenada where the resort-company is planning to open its newest creation this winter. Encore participants competed in dance, vocals, modeling and music.
Joel Ryan, group entertainment director of Sandals Resorts International, believes that even though Encore is aimed at creating better working synergies between Sandals employees across the islands, the quality of talent on display was superb.
“It’s remarkable how rich the talent is among our employees. Some of them have the ability to develop into people who perform the various art forms professionally. This has undoubtedly been the best ever in the history of the competition which spans almost two decades,” pointed out Ryan.
The level of talent was exemplary but in the end the sound of music went to Gemma Flood of Sandals Grande St. Lucian who played an instrumental rendition of Adel’s “Someone like you.” There was a clear winner when Lucy Monerville of Sandals Halcyon in St. Lucia paraded her national costume in that segment.
Josh Mattias and Krystal Reid were declared the king and queen of the catwalk whilst Junior Charles from St. Lucia was the don of the dance floor. Kashia Mc Donald of Jamaica was adjudged the top female vocalist but the night probably belonged to Jamie Green of Jamaica who landed an original “Do you think I am full of myself.”
Some of the participants could well evolve into professionals in the entertainment industry as Sandals presented winners in every category, a one-year placement to further harness and develop their talent.