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Jamaica hosts auditions for new dance competition show

Photos courtesy of Dancehall Got Talent/Nicole Duhaney

Residents of Jamaica got to show off their reggae and dancehall moves in hopes of landing a spot on a new reality TV show named “Dancehall Got Talent.”

Auditions for the show, which will air on the OPM Digital Network, were held at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center, located at 153-10 Jamaica Ave., on Saturday. This was the first site for the competition and more than 60 performers came out to try to wow the judges.

The competitors were so talented that only about 10 of them were eliminated, according to Nicole Duhaney, the host and executive producer of the show.

“There were so many talented performers,” Duhaney said. “It was a lot of fun.”

The competition is the first of its kind and is solely based on reggae and dancehall music.

Dancehall is a genre of Jamaican music.

The acts included all types of Jamaican music, according to Duhaney, who said she is known as the “number one dancehall media diva worldwide.” This filming was the first of eight live New York tapings for the show.

Photo courtesy of Dancehall Got Talent/Nicole Duhaney

The competition was the brainchild of Kevin Royal, who is a partner at the OPM Network. They hope to air the competition on the network, which can be seen on such devices as Xbox or Apple TV, among others, at the end of fall.

The fate of the contestants will be determined by viewers of the show through a voting process.

“This is going to be the show that everyone, no matter where they are, can watch,” Duhaney said.

Even though the first filming was a success, Duhaney said she wishes more people would have come to compete.

“I think a lot of people missed out on the opportunity to compete,” she said. “I’m inviting all of them out to any competitions coming up, even if you were eliminated already. We want a person who is willing to work in the competition.”

The next audition at the same venue in Jamaica will be held on Sept. 12 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., according to the show’s website.

To find out more about the competition, visit “Dancehall, GOT TALENT” on Facebook or www.dancehallgottalent.com.

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