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YENDI PHILLIPPS: RISING WITH THE STARS

October 5, 2008
Since taking on the role of new host of the Digicel Rising Stars competition Yendi has grown week by week and has now claimed her space as one of the better live TV hosts on local television.

Since taking on the role of new host of the Digicel Rising Stars competition Yendi has grown week by week and has now claimed her space as one of the better live TV hosts on local television.

With so many new changes to Jamaica’s premiere talent show Digicel Rising Stars, the most talked about is the new host. Young, vivacious and a Miss Jamaica World, Yendi Phillipps has received varying reactions from viewers. It is very hard to fill other people’s shoes and this was the problem that confronted Yendi Phillipps when she took on the task of hosting the fifth season of Digicel Rising Stars. However, this young beauty has continued to improve week after week winning the hearts of many Jamaican viewers.

Yendi gives some insight on her weekly improvement: “Digicel Rising Stars has been a journey for me. TV at this level is new to me and so I go into each episode with the intention of improving on the last. I am becoming more comfortable, which makes it easier to be myself. But even though I have improved, I know there is room to grow.” Yendi continues: “I actually watch the repeats of the shows and critique myself, noting the areas in which I can improve”

Since taking on the role of new host of the Digicel Rising Stars competition Yendi has grown week by week and has now claimed her space as one of the better TV hosts on local television. This development could not have been possible without her maintaining the drive and motivation necessary for such a great endeavor.

Yendi explains further: “I have always wanted to work in media and the experience with Digicel Rising Stars has taught me how to communicate with a camera, which can be difficult, and I have also learned how to relate to a live audience. It has been a great experience and I have grown to love my new role and I’m having a great time.”

After overcoming the initial jitters of hosting the most popular television show in Jamaica; Yendi has begun to infuse her own personality and charm into the show. What she finds ultimately important though is having fun and being authentic while at the same time trying to be the best host she can be.

“I can be quite silly at times, I laugh a lot and make corny jokes, so what you see on TV is the real me.” Yendi explains with a giggle.

This year, Digicel Rising Stars has again unearthed talent that has wowed the entire nation. No one could have predicted however, that Yendi’s improvement could have influenced the contestants’ ability to shine brighter each week. Yendi has grown with the contestants and, more than any other influence, is able to give them comfort and good advice as she too is competing for the public’s vote.

Digicel Rising Stars is proving to be a platform for which talent is not only discovered, but also developed.

Not wanting to give too much away, Yendi commented on her future plans: “I am hoping that this amazing experience of hosting Digicel Rising Stars will help me to cross over into international media and grow even further.”

Whatever the future may hold for Yendi it is clear that she too is a Digicel Rising Star.

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