The first ever Mr Independence Pageant was held last Saturday (February 9) at the National Cultural Centre and if this was only their debut, all I can say is: wow!
From start to finish, Mr Independence contestants commanded the attention of the audience. Their vibrant smiles and contagious energy could go for miles.
Who says the pageant stage is solely for women? If anyone thought that this event would be lacklustre, as there were no flashy gowns, diamond encrusted tiaras and long silky hair—think again.
Brendon Joseph (Castries South), Cardious Constantin (Dennery), Deshawn Augustin (Vieux Fort), Jamal Springer (Castries Central), Jamieson Edward (Castries South-East), Franeil Charlery (Gros Islet), Treasure Actille (Castries North) and Sherquil Florence (Micoud) ensured that patrons got their monies worth; drama, flair, enthusiasm , humour, confidence and intelligence, they brought it all, leaving the crowd hungry for more.
The energetic young men appeared in six segments namely Opening Number, Promotional Speech, Sports Wear, Formal Wear, Talent and lastly an Interview.
It was a pageant with a difference. Held under the theme “Embracing Diversity the Key to Unity,” the event solidified that any Gregory Lorde Production would be a success.
The young men came prepared and were eager to show off their talents, but it was obvious that some went the extra mile to ensure that they (hopefully) came out on top.
Jamieson and Deshawn were the crowd’s favourites. The two had the most supporters and attendees were eager to see what they had to offer. The screams were ear-piecing; the young men certainly delivered!
Treasure Actille put on a strong fight, but in the end, Jamieson was the clear winner; throughout the event, he remained a cut above the rest.
Deshawn and Treasure came in second and third place respectively and when the results were announced, the smiles that they wore throughout the night widened—though they did not walk away with the crown, their hard work, still, had paid off.