Organisers of the Caribbean’s Most Prestigious Pageant the Digicel Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant have announced the confirmed participants for the 28th edition of the marquis event and pageant show for the St. Kitts-Nevis national carnival season 2007-08.

Organisers of the the pageant, which takes place on December 29, have confirmed that Cuba, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, British Virgin Islands, Grenada, United States Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Bermuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda and host country St. Kitts will participate.

.According to chairman and executive producer of the pageant, Mr. Antonio ‘Director’ Maynard, the  organising committee is working hard to maintain the show’s extremely high standard and further enhance its status as the most anticipated, exciting and prestiguous  pageant show in the Caribbean.

“Plans are progressing perfectly and this event continues to be the most popular and prestigious event of it’s kind in the Caribbean and we intend to keep it that way,” Maynard said.

‘We’re incorporating and implementing new initiatives to raise the show to an even higher standard and this year we’re going to have a bit more participation than usual with the addition of countries such as Bermuda for the first time and Cuba who will be making a return after a 3-year hiatus,” Maynard said.

The show has been synonymous over the years with spectacular stage productions and guest performances and performers. Machel Montano, Allison Hinds, Singing Sandra, Claudette Peters and more as well as top Caribbean comedians and personalities including Rachel Price, Tommy Joseph, Jennifer “Jenny Jenny” Small among others have all graced the Miss Caribbean Talented Teen Pageant stage.

Marketing and guest artiste coordinator of the show Wallis Wilkin had indicated that there would be special guest artistes.

“As always you can expect another great performer this year and an even greater stage show and production,” said Wilkin. This year Dana Barnes and Bamani from St. Vincent will perform.

Past contestants of the show, Claudette Peters and Pat Raguette, have gone on to regional and success as performers with Claudette recently making history by being the first artiste to win the Antigua Carnival Party and Groovy Soca monarch titles. Pat Raguette has won both the St. Thomas and St. Croix road-march titles as lead singer of the Express band.

The official launch of the pageant took place on Tuesday of this week at the Ocean Terrace Inn.

The show began in 1980 and is the first show of its kind in the region which showcases the talents of our female Caribbean teenagers.

Sponsors this year include Digicel with a contribution of EC$25,000.00, Ziggy’s Bar & Grill, Sol Group, the National Aids Secretariat, ZIZ Broadcasting, Winair, American Eagle, The Cable, Carib Breweries and the Royal Bank of Canada.