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UPDATE: ‘It feels so surreal’- Shauna-Kay Miller

- 2017 Gen-Y Factor winner said the other competitors were ‘so good’ & the win caught her by surprise
2017 Gen-Y Factor winner Shauna-Kay Miller of District Three is flanked by Top Three Finalists Jamori Blaize of District Three (left) and Janae Estridge of District Six. Photo: VINO
Some of the finalists of 2017 Gen-Y Factor. Photo: VINO
Some of the finalists of 2017 Gen-Y Factor. Photo: VINO
Third District resident Shauna-Kay Miller handled herself magnificently on stage in front of a huge crowd at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town to win the 2017 Gen-Y Factor: District Edition on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Third District resident Shauna-Kay Miller handled herself magnificently on stage in front of a huge crowd at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town to win the 2017 Gen-Y Factor: District Edition on June 17, 2017. Photo: VINO
Some of the finalists of 2017 Gen-Y Factor. Photo: VINO
Some of the finalists of 2017 Gen-Y Factor. Photo: VINO
Some of the finalists of 2017 Gen-Y Factor. Photo: VINO
Some of the finalists of 2017 Gen-Y Factor. Photo: VINO
Shauna-Kay Miller of District 3 has won the 2017 Gen-Y Factor: District Edition. Photo: VINO
Shauna-Kay Miller of District 3 has won the 2017 Gen-Y Factor: District Edition. Photo: VINO
2017 Gen-Y Factor winner Shauna-kay Miller, left, with Leader of the Opposition Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall on June 17, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
2017 Gen-Y Factor winner Shauna-kay Miller, left, with Leader of the Opposition Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) at Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall on June 17, 2017. Photo: Team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Before last night, June 17, 2017 members of her audience were usually familiar faces- members of her church congregation- and so she was out of her comfort zone; however, Third District resident Shauna-Kay Miller handled herself magnificently on stage in front of a huge crowd at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town to win the 2017 Gen-Y Factor: District Edition.

This year’s finalists were Kathlyn Archibald, District One; Jade Hodge, District Two; Shauna-Kay Miller, District Three; Essynce Evans, District Four; Lebritnie Legair and Abigail Christopher, District Five; Janae Estridge and Jamori Blaize, District Six; Lorenzo Thomas, District Seven; Zabdiel France, District Eight; and Kadijah Roberts and Jaani Ricketts, District Nine.

The competition commenced with an explosive performance from the students of Elmore Stoutt High School Rams and Nuvo Royal, alongside the 2016 Gen-Y Factor winner, Durnel Sanderson and finalist Kaywanna Pope.

The 2017 finalists then performed a song of their choice for two and a half minutes. Additionally, they gave beautiful renditions of songs written by the legendary Whitney Houston, John Legend and Demi Lovato.

Announcement of Winner

The Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall was filled to capacity with representatives from the different districts. They sang, cheered and blared their horns in support of their contestant.

While the audience anticipated the results of the competition, they were entertained by the 2016 Gen-Y Factor winner, Durnel Sanderson and finalists.

During intermission, Sanderson performed his first ever written song. Afterwards he was presented with a picture frame of some of his most memorable achievements.

The next segment of the show began with the announcement of the top six finalists. They were Kathlyn Archibald, District One; Jamori Blaize, District Six; Abigail Christopher, District Five; Shauna-Kay Miller, District Three; Janae Estridge, District Six and Kadijah Roberts, District Nine.

The host, Kareem-Nelson Hull, did not delay in announcing the top three. They were Jamori Blaize, District Six; Shauna-Kay Miller, District Three and Janae Estridge, District Six.

The audience waited with bated breath as the host prepared to announce the winner. After keeping everyone in suspense, he finally announced Shauna-Kay Miller from District Three as the winner.

The Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall erupted in a frenzy when the winner was revealed. Patrons rushed to the front of the stage to congratulate Miller.

Other prizes went to District Three for receiving the highest district score.

Surreal

A surprised but ecstatic Miller, who stated that this was her first competition win, was full of gratitude for the support she received from persons from her district as well as those outside.

She was particularly grateful to the Third District Representative, Honourable Julian Fraser RA, who she said assisted her throughout the process.

“It feels so good. It feels so surreal. It feels awesome. It was a challenge, especially tonight, for the semifinals it wasn’t that bad because you just want to make sure that you are a part of the nine or twelve that were being chosen. For this, it’s just one winner and I sat at the back listening to others. They were so good and I’m like, I don’t have this one, I really don’t,” Miller admitted.

Advice to upcoming competitors

Miller also had some advice for future Gen-Y Factor competitors. She advised them to take a chance and bring something new to the competition.

The 2017 Gen-Y Factor winner Miller plans to launch her singing career by doing studio recordings and more stage performances.

Talented young people

Meanwhile, Acting Director of the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Mrs Brenda Lettsome-Tye stated that the Virgin Islands is filled with talented young people and the Gen-Y Factor competition is a way of helping them to showcase their talents.

“We have some incredibly talented young people in the Territory and it just takes time and determination and being open to encouraging them to come forward and audition and get the opportunity to show their talents on a stage such as this,” Lettsome-Tye stated.

See previous story published June 17, 2017

Shauna-Kay Miller wins Gen-Y Factor 2017

Of the twelve persons that took to the stage in the finals of the 2017 Gen-Y Factor: District Battle Edition, it was Shauna-Kay Miller of District 3 who received the judges’ nod at the Sir Rupert Briercliffe Hall in Road Town this evening, June 17, 2017.

The official Gen-Y Factor Talent Showcase and Competition provides local performers with the opportunity to share their talent with the public.

For her win, Miller will receive monetary awards; an original song written and produced by Grammy Award nominated producer, Andrew ‘Druski’ Scott; free legal consultancy services from award winning Entertainment Attorney, Natasha Cobham, for the duration of the contract; a free recording session with HomeGrown Studio; ambassadorial duties for telecommunication provider and event sponsor, Digicel; and many other prizes.

More details to follow.

22 Responses to “UPDATE: ‘It feels so surreal’- Shauna-Kay Miller”

  • Just saying (17/06/2017, 23:15) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yea yea zone 3 we jammi
  • Cheers (17/06/2017, 23:15) Like (20) Dislike (3) Reply
    Congrats babe, u did it
  • Patron (17/06/2017, 23:20) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    Girlie can sanggggggg! Congrats! All the best!
  • Reader (17/06/2017, 23:24) Like (19) Dislike (0) Reply
    I said she would! Congrats Sis. Miller. The "Grace Thriller" of the BVI SDA Church....
  • bo (17/06/2017, 23:29) Like (15) Dislike (45) Reply
    We all know that wasn't fair ...but God watching ...they also need an age limit.
    • bo (17/06/2017, 23:56) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
      bo you crazy
      • bo (18/06/2017, 08:23) Like (5) Dislike (15) Reply
        Not crazy ....I was there and listened well ....I don't care way you all day in here...call me crazy if you like .. IT'S NOT FAIR.....final
    • Jacperlance (18/06/2017, 05:46) Like (17) Dislike (5) Reply
      @bo, nothing will ever be fair for all you as long as you all favorite ain't win. But in this life nothing ain't fair. The judges decision is final. Why must there be an age limit to showcase talent
      • bo (18/06/2017, 08:41) Like (8) Dislike (9) Reply
        I didn't have a favourite ....I was just at the show and listened intently to everything and from observation something was lacking in the winnings ....and yes they need an age limit for this type of show and did not say to showcase talent.
        • Cindy (19/06/2017, 09:51) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
          The age limit is 29, and Miller can sing. She has god given vocals. Let her use it to give Glory!
      • Thank You!! (18/06/2017, 11:49) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
        Why must there be an age limit? Like really? The judges decision is finall. Story done!!!! Ayo complain about ever Jesus Christ thing man.
    • Info (19/06/2017, 10:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      There was an age limit. Come on. If you are not in agreement with the results that is fine but know information before you speak. The age range for the competition is 15-29...which is the a commonwealth age range for youth.
    • @bo (19/06/2017, 10:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      There is an age limit. Ages 15-29
  • Is that (17/06/2017, 23:54) Like (28) Dislike (4) Reply
    Our boi Andrew. God knows where he gets all that energy from. God bless him. Have you and Fraser worked out y'll differences. You and Fraser are a force like no other in politics. All we ask, is to stay ontop of that NDP Gang before they put us under for good.
  • VG (18/06/2017, 02:10) Like (25) Dislike (3) Reply
    And see how she big up julian frazer
  • fan of fraser (18/06/2017, 09:43) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos to district 3
  • PAM (18/06/2017, 10:46) Like (22) Dislike (7) Reply
    Please be informed that Ms Shauna Kay Miller is within the age limit of the show. The age limit was up to 28 yrs. She is nowhere close to that. Not because she is a teacher, looks more mature than the others and heavy set she should be judged negatively. She has a powerful voice and she won. Give it to her and stop the negativity. All of them did well and not because your favorite did not won, we should say its not fair. She will represent BVI well.

    I guess some of us don't watch American Idol and America Got talent to witness the 14 yr old topping the 25 yrs old. Let's get real...

    Peace Out..



  • wow (18/06/2017, 13:28) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Everything ain't fair to y'all if it was y'all district or what's not it would have been fair...She sound really good and she deserved it... Good afternoon by the way...
  • Cuz (18/06/2017, 19:33) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    You did well janae, keep your head up.
  • Karlene Gordon (19/06/2017, 00:04) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations to Shauna-kay. Much jubilations on her win. We are proud of you. Spanish Town, Ja
  • Audience Member (19/06/2017, 12:13) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    I attended the show and I think the winner was fairly selected. In these type competition, it is difficult to please everyone especially when no one really stood out from the rest. They all had a bit of nervousness and it came out in their voices. Some were pitchy, some were screaming and others were a bit off key at times. If you have an ear for music you would hear the slight imperfections. We all want our favourite to win and that is understandable but we must learn to accept and respect the judges final decision and support the winner. She has a strong voice and to me she had the best control of her voice that night. My advice to the others is, to never give up on your dream because of a temporary setback. Learn from this experience and use the judges' critique to better your game. There is always next year. To the winner, best of luck to you and your year ahead.
  • mi (19/06/2017, 17:58) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big up to u shan shan fr Spanish town jamaica well love


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