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Best Female Vocalist, Patricia Callender of Sandals Barbados. 
Top Female Model Nicota Cooper, of Sandals Ocho Rios. 
Top Male Model, Bardadian Emmanuel Tyson in formal wear. 
Top Male Model, Bardadian Emmanuel Tyson in his National Costume. 
Top Female Model Nicota Cooper, of Sandals Ocho Rios during the female costume segment. 
Tyron Barnett copped the Solo Dance award. 
Tyron Barnett 
Andrew Smith of Sandals Ocho Rios during the formal wear segment. 
Top Male Model, Bardadian Emmanuel Tyson in swimwear at the Sandals Resorts International ENCORE Talent and Model Search Competition. 
Andrew Smith of Sandals Ocho Rios copped the Best National Costume Award. 

Ja, B'dos dominate Sandals ENCORE

Claudia Gardner, Hospitality Jamaica Writer

Barbados and Jamaica dominated the Sandals Resorts Internationals' ENCORE Talent Search and Model Competition which was held last weekend at the Beaches Negril and Sandals Whitehouse resorts in Westmoreland.

The event culminated at the Sandals Whitehouse resort in eastern Westmoreland last Saturday night, following Night One, which was held at Beaches Negril the night before.

The Best Female Vocalist award went to Patricia Callendar of Sandals Barbados, who put on a spirited rendition of Tina Turner's Simply the Best. Clad in a red sequinned minidress, Callendar proved she meant business from the get-go as she shimmied and strutted across the stage, belting the lyrics to the song in true Turner style, compelling the audience to rock to her beat. Her compatriot, Dario Piggott, also of Sandals Barbados, came out on top in the Best Male Vocalist category, ahead of contenders from Jamaica, Antigua, Grenada, St Lucia and Turks and Caicos.

Top models

The Top Female Model title was snagged by Sandals Ocho Rios' Nicota Cooper and her colleague Emmanuel Tyson of Sandals Barbados strutted away with the male prize. The other Jamaican to top a category on Saturday night was Andrew Smith, also of Sandals Ocho Rios Beach Resort and Spa, who took home the award for the Best National Costume. Smith also showed his versatility as a model in the male competition.

It was the Jamaicans who stole the show on Friday night, taking home the Dance, Group Dance and Spoken Word titles, while the instrumental category was won by Grenada.

ENCORE is the brainchild of former creative director at Sandals Resorts International, Weston Haughton. It was initiated in a bid to foster and develop talent within the Sandals and Beaches hotel chain. 

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