The reigning Junior Calypso and Junior Soca Monarchs, a former — eight-time — Junior Calypso Monarch, and a former Queen of Calypso are among 15 females who will compete for the Queen of Calypso crown tonight (Friday).
The competition has been revived, after 15 years, and organisers are promising an exciting show at the Russell’s Auditorium, beginning at 8 p.m.
The show will be held under the auspices of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Calypsonians Association.
President of the association, Earl “Caba” Bennett, told iWitness News that patrons can expect an exciting show that features veterans, relatively-experienced calypsonians, and others who are new to the art form.
Cecile “Lil Bit” King, of Upstage Xperience Calypso tent, will attempt to win the crown again with her song, “Different from the Start”.
Lil Bit won the competition in 1995 with “Hero’s Message”.
Tonight, she will sing in position number 8, ahead of her tent-mate, Kristiana “Singing Kristy” Christopher, also of Upstage, who will sing in position number 14, her song, “Change De Face Ah Vincy Mas”.
Christopher, a 16-year-old student at Thomas Saunders Secondary School, won her seventh junior calypso crown last year.
She will share the stage with Shaunelle Mc Kenzie, also of Upstage, who has won the Junior Calypso competition eight times, although a senior crown continues to elude her.
Mc Kenzie is hoping to change that with her song “Life isn’t Fair”, when she appears in position number 4.
Another monarch that will grace the stage tonight is West St. George Secondary School student, M’riah “Young Saiah” Robertson, who won the junior soca monarch on her first attempt last year with the song, “Carnival Hot”.
Tonight, Young Saiah, is hoping for a repeat of last year’s success with her song, “Minivan Lovers” — in position number 9.
The show will feature two songstresses who made it all the way to the finals of the national competition at their first attempt in 2017.
They are Shena Collis and Joeana “Nubian Princess” Christopher — who placed third in the national competition.
Nubian Princess will compete in position number 13 with her song, “Everything Gone Up”, while Shena will sing “Come Guide Me”, in position number 2.
Shena and Nubian Princess are also members of Upstage, which has eight persons among the 15 finalists, twice the number of the Graduates, which has the second-highest number of finalists: 4.
The 15 artistes were selected from among 20 who auditioned to be in the finals.
The full list of competitors, the names of their songs and the positions in which they will appear is published below.
|Name||Stage Name||Tent||Name of Song||Order of Appearance|
|Sylvorn Lavia||Royal Gem||Graduates||Strong like Wall||1|
|Shena Collis||Shena||Upstage||Come Guide Me||2|
|Sashe Rogers||Patience||Graduates||Man Up||3|
|Shaunelle Mc Kenzie||Shaunelle Mc Kenzie||Upstage||Life isn’t Fair||4|
|Cleopatra Hendrickson||Cleopatra||Upstage||Common Sence||5|
|Rolmina Matthews||Lady Rolie||On Tour||Women Empowerment||6|
|Marvo O’Brien-Morgan||Lady Marvo||On Tour||Ah Fraid To Talk||7|
|Cecile King||Lil Bit||Upstage||Different from the Start||8|
|M’riah Robertson||Young Saiah||Upstage||Minivan Lovers||9|
|Brianca Matthias||Briah||Upstage||Our Health , Our Wealth||10|
|Denise Stephens||Lady D||Graduates||Only P||11|
|Phylicia Alexander||Nubian Empress||Graduates||Dirty Clothes On Line||12|
|Joeana Christopher||Nubian Princess||Upstage||Everything Gone Up||13|
|Kristiana Christopher||Singing Kristy||Upstage||Change De Face Ah Vincy Mas||14|
|Sherikah Liverpool-Richards||Sherikah||On Tour||Is Carnival||15|