This past Sunday I was at the O2 and noticed a throng of beautiful black folk from young to old, dressed up in their finery queuing up to enter the IndigO2 concert venue. Not being aware of any major concert scheduled to take place, my interest was piqued, and I’ve since discovered that the Time2Shine finals took place at the popular London venue. Time2Shine is an X-Factor style talent competition where Gospel singers battle it out for a coveted £100,000 worth of prizes which includes a £10,000 cash prize and record deal. Over 2000 music fans were present to witness the gripping final which saw Anastasia Baker go head-to-head with fellow-contestants before being crowned with the title. Anastasia, who was ironically a former contestant on the X-Factor, said, “I feel like I’m at the beginning of a new journey and doors are truly going to open for me. I can’t wait to get into the studio. Thank you so much to all the fans who ran up their phone bills and voted for me!”.
The event was hosted by TV veteran, Diane Louise Jordan and featured performances from Lurine Cato, Beverley Trotman and Noel Robinson. Catch highlights of the final on Saturday 19th October on OHTV, Sky Channel 199 at 6.30pm.