Shernelle “Skarpyon” Williams is now in the Calypso Monarch finals.
Shernelle “Skarpyon” Williams is now in the Calypso Monarch finals.

Some calypso lovers felt that judges erred when they did not include Shernelle “Skarpyon” Williams among the finalists of this year’s calypso competition.

Skarpyon was among 22 bards selected from the preliminaries to face the assessors during the semis on Friday.

But Skarpyon was not among the 10 finalists chosen to compete against reigning monarch, Lornette “Fire Empress” Nedd-Reid.

The artiste delivered a powerful rendition of his song, “Until”, during the semis but seemed not to have done enough to sway the judges.

But, as fate would have it, Ronald “Ron B” Browne, who made it to the finals and who some calypso lovers also say was a strong contender for the crown, opted out of the competition.

The Carnival Development Corporation said on Monday that Ron B had said that he had to withdraw from the competition because of “personal commitments”.

Browne told I-Witness News this week that he was unable circumvent the commitment and decided to opt out of the competition.

He said that he had a second song already for the competition but will not release it.

In fact, Browne said he has material already for four years.

During the semis on Friday, after Skarpyon was announced, he was not on stage when the band had played the intro to his song.

As band members and patrons looked around for the artiste, master of ceremonies, ASP Jonathan Nicholls, said:

“All right ladies and gentlemen, seems like Skarpyan had a little emergency. He had to run to the little boys room, I understand. So judges, just hold for Skarpyan a bit because he’s gone to the little boys’ room.”

Last year, Skarpyan ruined his chance to make it to the finals when he fumbles some of the word –“buss” in local parlance.

He had placed second in 2011.

2 replies on “Ron B opts out of calypso finals; Skarpyon gets another chance”

  1. TeacherFang says:

    Rejector should have been the replacement. Skarpyan ain’t deserve no finals. The only thing Skarpyan has going for him,he has a good voice, undoubtedly he can sing…but his song is crap.

    But hey,maybe he has a really good second song and walk away wid de whole hog on Dimanche night.

    Now, what personal commitments could you possibly have that will prevent you from competing for the Calypso Monarch title? Its not like he wasn’t aware of the respective Carnival dates…so whatever is troubling Ron B it must be a matter of life and death…I am just saying.

  2. Teacherfang (@Llijame) says:

    Oh GAWD!DE WHOLE HOG AH SAY!

    …DEY REALLY GIVE SKARPYAN THE CROWN? WTF!!! HIS SECOND SONG WAS THE WORSE OF THE LOT…IT WAS THE WORSE IN DECADES.IT WOULD BE A STRETCH OF MONUMENTAL PROPORTION TO CALL THAT SONG A CALYPSO.I AM BESIDE MYSELF…THIS FOOL COULDN’T MEK THE FINALS WITH HIS ONE SONG…AND THESE JUDGES FIGURED HIS SECOND SONG WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO GIVE HIM THE CROWN?…MURDAHWUK!!! AH HEAR SCAKES WENT TO HIS LAWYER CAUSE HE NOT MEK THE FINALS…SOMEBODY SHOULD TEK THE CDC TO COURTS FOR THIS DEBACLE THAT WAS THE KAISO FINALS.

    BUT YOU KNOW WHAT, MAYBE THE JUDGES ARE F’ING RIGHT,MAYBE THE JUDGES HAVING LISTENED TO THE UTTER CRAP PRESENTED TO THEM BY THE LIKES OF IPA, BUMP-I AND BOWMAN IN THE SECOND ROUND;THEY JUST THREW UP THEIR HANDS AND SAY PHUCK IT…THIS IS BULL$#IT, LETS JUST GIVE THE CROWN TO THE PERSON WHO WASN’T SUPPOSED TO BE HERE IN THE FIRST PLACE. THE BIG GUNS CAME AND DEFECATED PON THEMSELVES IN THE SECOND ROUND AND THE JUDGES SAY OK, IF THAT’S HOW ITS GONNA BE AND THEY IN VEXATION, DEFECATED ON THE PATRONS BY GIVING THE CROWN TO SKARPYON. THAT’S THE ONLY PLAUSIBLE EXPLANATION AS TO HOW SKARPYON COULD HAVE WON.

    BUT AH MUST SAY TO BE FAIR, I THINK SHANNELLE WAS UNLUCKY TO NOT HAVE TAKEN THE CROWN…SHE IS THE ONLY ONE WHO HAD TWO SOLID SONGS, NO LET ME REPHRASE THAT, TWO QUALITY CALYPSOES.

    SKARPYON? WTF…LOL…I KNOW THESE JUDGES HAVE DONE SOME CRAPPY JOB OVER THE YEARS; BUT THIS TAKE THE CAKE, EVEN SKARPYAN FAMILY DEY SHAKING DEM HEAD ASKING WTF, REALLY?

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