It is shaping up to be a ding-dong battle for top honours in this year’s Barbados TODAY Crop Over Champion competition.
At 6 p.m. today, Barbados TODAY’s Project Coordinator Rabiah Butcher reported that there was a total of 87 entries, including 18 juniors, and most, if not all, of the big names for the 2016 Crop Over Season.
“We are happy to report that the ‘Ole Dawg’ Grynner is in, we have last year’s winner Azizi, along with Hypersounds, King Bubba, iWeb, Mr Dale, Mr Blood, Marvay, Mikey, Biggie Irie, TC, Natahlee, Faith Callender, Sluggy Dan, Sir Ruel, Mr DJ . . . . They are just some of the big names who have entered in the senior categories.
“We are also pleased to welcome 18 junior competitors this year and we wish to thank our official judges — you the members of the public – for your strong show of support in terms of casting your votes for your favourite artistes,” she added.
The competition, which was officially launched on June 8, will see to the crowning of three champions – the Barbados TODAY Pic-O-De-Crop Champion; the Barbados TODAY Soca Champion and the Barbados TODAY Junior Champion, who will walk away with $15,000, $10,000 or $2,000 in cash respectively.
Butcher describes the overall response to this year’s Crop Over promotion as “overwhelming”, with over 4,500 votes already cast and visits to the competition’s Facebook page totalling over 40,000 over the past month.
“We are excited to crown three champions this year,” she added, while reminding members of the public, as well as entrants that “voting is limited to one vote per person per round.
“We urge participants to be honest in the process of soliciting and casting votes as our system flags fraudulent votes,” Butcher added.
The second round of voting for the Soca Champion and Pic-O-De-Crop Champion is set to begin on July 11 and July 18 respectively, with the finalists in the Soca Champion contest due to be announced LIVE on CBC’s Festival Stage and Capital Media HD 99.3 on Monday, July 11.
There will be one round of judging for the Junior Champion and the winner of that competition will be announced on July 23 at the Scotiabank Junior Monarch finals at Kensington Oval.
The ultimate winners of the Barbados TODAY Soca Champion and Barbados TODAY Pic-O-De-Crop Champion will be announced on July 24 and July 30 respectively to coincide with the crowning of the National Cultural Foundation’s own Soca Royale winners and Pic-O-De-Crop Monarch. (PR)