Grammy award nominated R&B sensation Keyshia Cole will be performing live at the Miss Jamaica Universe Coronation show come April 12th at the National Indoor Sports Arena. Just this week, pageant producers confirmed that the starlet would indeed be in the island to perform her some of her chart topping hits. A striking mix of sugar, spice, sexiness and sass, Keyshia Cole burst on the music scene with a powerhouse album ‘The Way It Is’ in 2005. From this album Cole belted hits such as ‘I Just Want It To Be Over’, ‘I Changed My Mind’, ‘I Should Have Cheated’ and her greatest solo hit ‘Love’. To further promote the album, Cole was the star of her own six-episode reality show, Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is.
In 2007, the redhead changed her signature spitfire image to an uber sexy ‘blonde’ to match her next compilation titled ‘Just Like You’. The album debuts at #2 on the Billboard chart, selling about 281,000 copies in its first week. Just Like You was certified platinum in the U.S and has sold 2,116,320 copies worldwide and is still climbing. The first single, ‘Let It Go’ featuring Lil' Kim and Missy Elliott became her first #1 on Billboard's R&B chart, and her biggest hit on the Hot 100, peaking at #7. Her second single, ‘Shoulda Let You Go’ along with her collaboration with mega star Sean ‘Diddy’ Coombs, ‘Last Night’ did equally well and remains a club banger to date. Keyshia’s current release, ‘I Remember’ is her second #1 on the Billboard R&B charts. In conjunction with her album release, BET began airing the second season of Cole's reality show "Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is" on October 30. The show premiered to record breaking ratings for BET which is the top returning series premiere in BET history, as well as the number one original series premiere of the year. Her performance at the pageant is to be highly anticipated and the R&B star is sure to deliver!
Attractive and articulate, the selected 25 scorching MJU beauties form the zenith of the island woman’s beauty and charm. However, only one lucky girl will get the chance to represent Jamaica at the world’s most celebrated beauty spectacle - Miss Universe. Set to be staged in Nha Trang, Khanh Hoa, Vietnam, high hopes are in order that our beauty will bring the title home.
Competing for the Miss Jamaica Universe 2008 title are:
The finalists are: Xinyu Addae Lee, 19 year old Med Student at UWI; Lauri- Ann Ainsworth, 25 year old MBA student at the University of Leicester; Jesmaine Brown, 25 year old published poet; Adrianna Bryan, 18 year old Entertainment Coordinator at Sunset Jamaica Grande Resort; Kadia Campbell, 26 year old model; Salome Campbell, 21 year old Entertainment Agency Coordinator; Sherene Duncan, 21 year old Economics student at UWI; Jhnnell Eastman, 21 year old Marketing student at UTECH; Cherrion Ebanks, 21 year old Nursing student at UWI; Nickela Garwood, 23 year old Administrative Assistant; Crystal Gordon, 20 year old Tourism student; Kimberley Gunnings, 18 year old Biology Student at UWI; Francine Hall, 24 year old Purchasing Officer; Nicole Hopkins, 18 year old Education & Business student at UTECH; April Jackson, 19 year old Law and Economics student; Borzana Jones, 25 year old Geography Teacher; Noelle Kerr, 26 year old Freelance Actress and Presenter; Stasha Gaye Leon, 26 year old Management Studies student; Antoinette Ming, 20 year Print Media Business Development Executive; Keren O’Neil, 20 year old BSC Science student at UWI; Doneika Plowright, 21 year old Insurance Clerk; Latoya Samuels, 21 year old Dental Clerk; Rebecca Silvera, 21 year old Makeup Artist; Roshane Suarez, 18 year old student at Moneague Community College and Jeseka Williams, 21 year old Marketing and Finance student at UTECH.
Miss Jamaica Universe 2008 will drive away in style, courtesy of Stewart Motors, in a brand new, fully loaded 2 litre BMW 120i hatchback, receive one million ($1,000,000.00) dollars in cash, courtesy of title sponsor World Wise Partners, plus gifts and other prizes totaling approximately ten million ($10m) in value. Miss Jamaica Universe is produced by Pulse, with title sponsorship from World Wise Partners Ltd, in association with Stewart Motors, the BMW dealers in Jamaica, CVM TV, The Hilton Hotel, Gymkhana, FAME FM, Zip 103 FM and Irie FM.
Tickets are General Admission - $1500 ($1300 Presold); $2500 ($2200 Presold); VIP (drinks included) - $4000 ($3500). Ticket Outlets: Pulse, Shimmer, World Wise, Mall Pharmacy and The Hilton