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• From Page A37
"The show really did a lot for me,
in every aspect. I got a lot of gigs after
that because the show really highlighted
me. Scouting for Talent was a launch
pad for upcoming stars. Right now,
young people have to pay so much
money to record a song and most of
them do not have that type of money.
Talent shows like Scouting helped a lot
of young people get discovered," said
He mentioned Francis Prime, Tobago
singer Philmore King, comedian Tommy
Joseph and veteran radio personality
Sharon Pitt---they all competed on the
T&T s acclaimed soul and gospel
recording artiste, Carol Addison, also
shared memories of being on the show.
Speaking to the Guardian from her New
York home, Addison, who entered the
competition in 1965, won one final and
placed second in another. She described
her Scouting for Talent experience as
the beginning of her professional singing
"This gave me national exposure. It
placed me on a national stage and in
many ways legitimised and opened all
the doors for me, because at that time
Scouting for Talent was THE show for
anyone aspiring to become a profes-
sional. Once you made it there, it was
like you were qualified to step out,
because you were of that standard,"
explained the Tunapuna native.
She said had it not been for Betaudier,
she would not be where she is today.
"He launched my career. Looking
back now, I have to believe that God
placed him in my life because I realise
how important he was...He was the
"Thank you, Holly B. I am eternally
grateful to you, and I wish you all the
The T&T Guardian asked
Facebook users to post their
fondest memories of Scouting for
Talent, and this is what some had
• "The giveaway segments were
always unintentionally hilarious. I
remember people grabbing for things
something priceless." ---Guardian
business editor Suzanne Sheppard
• "The whistling man who entered
every year." ---Acacia-Victoria de
• "Watching Dale Gulston's
theatrics while playing pan.
Wondering why my aunt's friend
sang the same song whenever she
competed. Wondering why the Unit
Trust Tree couldn't give cash instead
of shares (as a child, cash seemed
more important than shares)."
• "Uncle Holly always having the
broadest smile." ---Gigi M Mitchell
• "Wondering who else is going to
sing Green Green Grass of Home or
Many Rivers to Cross. Lol!"
---Comedian Clifford Learmond
• "Dane Gulston, Debra Bernard
and a man trying to sing Let's Get It
On switching between normal voice
and falsetto. He was hilarious."
• "The clapping when someone hit
a note." ---Robert Solomon
• "The two guys who buss during
their duet of Suddenly. One was real
off-key, and he partner just watch
him and walk off the
stage...lololololololol. And the way
everyone said scattered 'pictears'
instead of pictures in the Memories
segment of the show."
• "I won a motorbike on Scouting
for Talent many moons ago. One day
I will tell that story. It is not a pretty
one." ---Child rights activist Hazel
• "A man with one arm singing:
Every Time You Go Away, You Take a
Piece of Me with You. Priceless!"
SHARING MEMORIES OF THE SHOW
Holly Betaudier introduces past Scouting for Talent winner Sandra Hamilton on
the premiere episode of the weekly show on May 26, 1988.
The culture man himself, Holly Betaudier, parades on the streets of Port-of-Spain, playing in a Peter Minshall
Band in the 1980s.
'Scouting for Talent
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