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Juniors in tight race

Yvette Best

Juniors in tight race

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The wide open competition in the Scotiabank Junior Calypso Monarch got a bit narrower just after midnight Saturday.
They started with a combined total of 25 semi-finalists across categories and now it is down to 17.
The eight finalists in the eight to 12-year-old category, and the nine in the 13-18 group will clash in the July 19 finals at the Gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.
It is anyone’s guess who the two 2014 monarchs will be, but what is certain is that there will be new monarchs for both categories.
Last year’s 8-12 monarch Quinn P has outgrown that category and as title holder, she got an automatic spot as a semi-finalist in the older section. At the end of the night she had been named among the nine going forward, giving herself a chance of doing a two-peat with Not Me And Love Bosie, which deals with domestic violence.
Honesty, the current title holder in the senior category, has moved on to the Pic-O-De-Crop competition so there is no defender in the 13-18 section either.
Saturday’s contest was keen as expected and there was no competitor who had a clear edge over the other, even though family and fans might have felt that way. This was evidenced in the senior segment in particular where a reported tie for eighth place saw nine people going forward to the final round. There was no reserve named as a result.
All of the semi-finalists upped their games from the performances at the two tents.
If there was a performer of the night, it would have to be Jamal Slocombe, who was also named among the nine in the 13-18s.
Slocombe is not a crowd favourite, but what he brings to the stage cannot be ignored and continues to be admired.
The Barbados Community College student already has glimpses of a professional and his performances of Come Together have been polished thus far. He sings well and knows how to use the entire stage to his advantage.
All things being equal on July 19 and he does not make it in the top three, it might be because some of the issues being dealt with evoke more emotion, and one in particular is tied to the 40th anniversary of Crop Over.
Mention must be made of six-year-old Makalia Walcott, who opened the show with Rescue Barbados. She is one of two calypso monarchs at Blackman and Gollop Primary School. She delivered her song exceptionally well.
8-12 Finalists
Black Beauty (Day by Day), Dynamo (Don’t Count Me Out), Jade (Tribute to Kerry-Ann Ifill), Jatanya (Brand Name), Kiki Boo (Doan Behave So), Mighty Make’da (Calypso I Am), Raanan (No Daddy), Star-Fire (Proud To Be Black) and Sugar Apple (Litter) the reserve.
13-18 Finalists
A-Dee-Lah (De Letter), De MC (Get it Out Yuh head), DJ (Rude Boy Anthem), Jamal Slocombe (Come Together), Mighty KT (A Child’s Plea), Nubian Queen (My Song), RJ (School Boy Jam), Sammy G (My Tribute) and Sparkle T (We Salute You Dads). No reserve was chosen for this category.