by Davandra Babb
It was a battle royal layered with picong in the first half of the Pic-O-De-Crop finals tonight at the The Oval.
The calypsonians came ready for war and addressed the issues of the day and some even dared to address issues with each other.
Defending monarch Ian Webster thrilled the packed crowd at Kensington Oval with his song Karaoke, and Biggie Irie got the crowd singing along with him during his performance of controversial social commentary Get Over.
Dressed in a similar outfit to the one he wore when he was 17, Blood took the audience back in time to his performance of Sport Billie then brought them to the present with How to win.
De Announcer also entertained the crowd with his piece The man they love to hate, even touching on issues that left the crowd talking.
Adrian Clarke performed Constituency of Calypso and he too addressed issues that were concerning him.
Other competitors were Classic, Mikey, Miguel, Chrystal Cummins-Beckles and Kid Site.
The battle lines are clearly drawn as the calypsonians move to round two of the competition that is expected to be more intense and exciting than the first half.