The 32 semi-finalists in next week’s Sweet Soca and Party Monarch competitions are ready and raring to go. Earlier this week, they drew positions for the order in which they would perform next Friday at Kensington Oval.
Newcomers Joaquin and Donnell told Barbados TODAY they were delighted to be in the semi-finals among the veterans.
“It’s a really good feeling. I have been trying all this time! So to finally get through I feel great,” said Joaquin. “This is the time that this was supposed to happen. I’m going at No. 16, after Peter Ram; but I’m just going to go out there and do what I have to do. It’s just about going there and giving Barbados my best.”
Donnell said she was dealing with her nerves from now, to avoid being agitated on the day and potentially been thrown off. But added she: “I’m really excited to know I actually made it to the semi-finals. I was hoping to get in; every day I was praying that I get to at least the semis. When the results were announced I was so shocked!
“I’m going to put on my A game and do my best on the night. I’m confident enough that I can make it to the finals.”
Nikita, who is in the semi-finals for the second time, said she too felt blessed to be among the stalwarts and was hoping she would go all the way to the finals at Bushy Park on July 25.
“I feel good! Last year, I made it all the way to the finals as a reserve; so hopefully this year I get a legit spot in the line-up. I don’t even know how to describe the feeling other than being honoured to share the stage with [the veterans] . . . . To actually be on the stage with them is a good feeling,” Nikita said.
She added: “Preparations are going good. We have some ideas for arrangement and so on, but I intend to give a clean performance. Just straight-to-the point vocals . . . . I will definitely be bringing nuff fire on the night!”
Veteran calypsonian Grynner, who has one of the most popular songs this season, told Barbados TODAY he was happy to be among the young people, and was looking to go all the way to the finals.
“I know what competition is already from way back in 1968. I’m not going up against them [young people]; I’m going with them. It’s very pleasing, and the reason I’m so happy about it is because the young people have a lot of respect for me,” Grynner said.
Mikey, no stranger to competition, said he felt good this season and was pleased with the rotation his songs had been getting.
“People tell me they are liking the tracks, but it all comes down to the night. You just have to be ready. Preparation is just getting myself ready; getting to know the tunes; home practising wukking up. Everything is good to go,” Mikey said with a chuckle.
iWeb, who only entered the Party Monarch competition this year, reserving his song Big Up for the Pic-O-De-Crop, said he was comfortable and ready.
“Not being in all three competitions lessens the load, and its less money to spend.
Preparations are going good; taking it one step at a time.
“This phase of the competition doesn’t require props or anything like that, so it’s a matter of going and singing a song and leaving the stage. At this point I’m now beginning to piece together things in the event I do make the final.
“I’m putting things together, but still thinking in stages,” iWeb said.