The annual Junior Monarch Competition got under way last weekend at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed, with 56 hopefuls altogether in the eight-to-12 and 13-to-18 categories seeking to secure coveted spots in the semi-finals. The semi-finals will be held on July 4, starting at 7:30 p.m. at The Lester Vaughan School.
The eight-to-12s, armed with much advice on presence and self-confidence, took to the stage, performing at their best in hopes of advancing.
We previously gave the semi-finals list, but in the transposing of the information, an error was made by the National Cultural Foundation.
The correct list of those advancing to the semi-finals in the eight-to-12 category are Dondria Forde, Emari Browne Star Browne, Asher Dynamo Murrell, Keonni Keke Boo Walker, Asha Sugar Apple Holder, Donesha Triple D Davis, Kiara Star Diamond King, Liana Ifill, Sarai Burrowes, Trazelle J’Tanya Alleyne, Seth Seth K Knight and Fiona Starburst Ifill, Princess Mighty Mekeda Thomas being the reserve.
They will be seeking to dethrone reigning champion Ranaan Hackett.
The 13-to-18 hopefuls were equally impressive, making it a challenging task for the judges.
The advice on voice and performance techniques is obviously paying big dividends as it relates to the growth of our junior calypsonians, evidenced through, among other things, the understanding that their performance is more than just the delivery of the song –– that counting as well are believability and movement onstage.
The 13-to-18s advancing to the semis are Adela Ah-Dee-lah Payne, Ranesha Confetti Cummins, Rikardo RJ Reid, Tia Lady Tii Yarde, Terri Sparkle T Williams-Niles, Moesha Nubian Queen Daniel, Kymorhi De Overcomer Trotman, T’Kayla Kay Kay Clarke-Weekes, Sharad Standford, Quinn Quinn “P” Prescott, Raheem Taylor and Daquon Tall Boy Wickham, Rashad Knight being the reserve.
They will be vying for a spot in the finals to dethrone Samantha Sammy G Greaves who will be competing in the junior competition for the final time.
All competitors in the semi-finals will get a chance to sharpen their skills in two upcoming Scotiabank Junior Monarch Calypso Tents on Saturday, June 13, at The Lester Vaughan School and on Sunday, June 21, at Combermere School.