Still basking in the joy of making it to the final, Junior Monarch competitors got another opportunity today to show off their skills during the annual lunchtime concert put on by the National Cultural Foundation at the Frank Collymore Hall.
The modest audience did not stop the juniors from putting on a full show, as they ready themselves for the big showdown on July 23.
In the 13 to 18 category, Raheem looks to be a strong contender for the crown this year, singing My Story, in which he recalls how he forgot his lyrics last year and had to settle for eighth place. However, while warning his competitors that he has come back stronger this time, he also addresses many topical issues which he believes members of the public should be angry about, instead of being upset with him for forgetting his lines. He is always a joy to watch on stage.
In the eight to 12 category, Star Diamond is one to watch. She has hopes of one day becoming Calypso Queen and, though small in stature, has a big voice and seems well on her way to gaining that title.
They were certainly among the standouts today, even though the finals remain wide open, since it will all come down to the performance on the night.
However, based on the talent displayed on stage today, the future of calypso in Barbados is definitely secure.
All finalists take a bow!