NCF event producer AJA (left) and Corporate Communications Specialist Simone Codrington making the announcement of the Pic-O-De-Crop semi-finalists. (Picture by Reco Moore.)
Cave Shepherd All Stars has redeemed themselves this year for the Pic-O-De-Crop semi-finals. Eight from their tent will have a chance to make the finals when they judge next week Friday.
Stray Cats have purred their way in with two. Rounding out the semis is one from Super Gladiators, four from House of Soca and three from De Big Show with Classic − also from the Big Show − as the reserve.
Eleanor Rice, tent manager of All Stars, was emotional as she celebrated her tent taking the lions share.
"I am very happy. Based on last year numbers we redeemed ourselves. I am hard on my singers but this is why. I am so proud of them."
Sharon Carew White has four in, down from seven last year.
"This four was also in the semi-finals last year. I had two more to get in but I am pleased with these."
Quite a number of calypsonians, stakeholders, National Cultural Foundation officials and even defending monarch iWeb were present at the Derrick Smith Vocational Centre when event producer AJA and Corporate Communications Specialist Simone Codrington called the names of the 18 after the judges deliberated for an hour and an half. (NS)
The semi-finalists are as follows:
Charisma − Cave Shepherd All Stars Calypso Tent
Colin Spencer − Cave Shepherd All Stars Calypso Tent
De Announcer − Cave Shepherd All Stars Calypso Tent
Donella − Cave Shepherd All Stars Calypso Tent
Jude Clarke − Cave Shepherd All Stars Calypso Tent
Kid Site − Cave Shepherd All Stars Calypso Tent
Raheem − Cave Shepherd All Stars Calypso Tent
Structure − Cave Shepherd All Stars Calypso Tent
AC − De Big Show
Chrystal Cummins-Beckles − De Big Show
Mr Blood − De Big Show
Amazing Dre − House of Soca
Billboard − House of Soca
Doyenne − House of Soca
Miss Sammy G − House of Soca
Apache − Straycats Calypso Tent
De Doctor − Straycats Calypso Tent
Smokey Burke − Super Gladiators
Reserve: Classic − De Big Show