Will Browne Star the lone male in the eight to 12 category take the crown this year? Will Sanshe take the crown in her first official year in the competition? Or will Raheem, in the 13-18 category, be able to redeem himself after forgetting his lyrics in last year’s final? Will Dynamo and Ranaan cop the crown for the first time in the senior category?
The answers to these questions will be known on Saturday, July 23rd when the finals of the Scotiabank Junior Monarch competition are held at Kensington Oval.
What is known, is a new monarch will be crowned in both categories, since both reigning monarchs Dynamo and Ah-Dee-Lah have outgrown their respective categories.
Competition was fierce, especially in the senior category at last Saturday’s semi-final held at Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre. The contestants pulled out all the stops in hope of making the finals. The level of professionalism and drive seen on stage spoke well for the future of calypso.
Relief and excitement were seen on the faces of finalists as they were announced by MC Carl Alf Padmore. The picks found favour with the crowd, as loud cheers erupted after each name was called.
The finalists in the eight to 12 category are as follows: Ah-lee-ahh, Dondree, Browne Star, Star Diamond, Sanshe, Sarai, Summa and Yahandje. Hannah Glow as the reserve.
Vying for the crown in the 13-18 category are: Dynamo, De MC, De Overcomer, Ranaan, Raheem, RJ, Sparkle T and Quinn P. Dria Mayae as the reserve.