NO Adonijah, no John King, no Serenader.
?There was no room for these three veterans from De Big Show as they were left off the list of finalists when the big announcement was made at the gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex around 1:40 this morning.
However, there was an even distribution between De Big Show, Headliners and Cave Shepherd All Stars which each took three places each in the August 1 MQI/Banks/LIME Pic-O-De-Crop Finals.
They are De Big Show’s Biggie Irie, Classic, and Mikey; Headliners’ Blood, Adrian Clarke and Chrystal Cummins-Beckles and from All Stars De Announcer, Kid Site and Miguel.
?Mikey was the only one of the four newcomers who made it beyond the semi-final stage.
The competition finished just after 1 a.m. and the announcement was made about 40 minutes later to an audience that was only a skeleton of its original size.
As usual there were those who held a different view from the judges.
Aziza did not advance to the final round, but she must be credited for keeping it together when she made a blunder at the start of her second song. The former Junior Monarch, always a strong performer, finished as though nothing had gone wrong. She was helped along in that recovery by her sisters who stood near the front of the stage to offer her support.
Her younger sister, Rabiah Small One Clarke, who placed second to her a few years ago in the Scotiabank Junior Monarch Competition, sang along with her as she had been doing for many years.
Aziza was the second singer of the night who had an issue in a song. But unlike Apache, who walked off the stage during the first half after a slip-up, she held her ground.
The nine going forward to challenge Ian Webster for his title are: Blood, AC, Biggie Irie, Mikey, Miguel, Classic, Kid Site, De Announcer and Chrystal Cummins-Beckles. The reserves are John King from De Big Show and Sammy G from House of Soca.