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Lyric Live crowns new champion of the stage

“Diamonds in a Ruff” wows the audience with high notes

It was the end of the road for Mailyn Cuadra. The defending champion of Lyric Live was no match for “Diamonds in a Ruff”, a young, all-male group that took away the crown on a tough night for performers at the talent show in Overtown on Friday. The quartet drew a thunderous standing ovation from the crowd after signing a heartfelt rendition of Boyz II Men’s "End of the Road."

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No Boos is Good Boos

Audience dares contestants to meet expectations

It’s Friday night in Overtown. In the hallowed halls of historic Lyric Theatre, everyone is eagerly awaiting the next act. Enter Corenzo Matthews on the stage, wearing a short sleeve, turquoise-colored shirt and white pants. He’s lean and has a very short haircut. So far, his good looks have earned points with the ladies in the crowd. But then he starts to sing “All of Me” from R&B singer John Legend. It did not go well.