Barbados has two junior calypso queens.
Following two keenly contested finals at the Kensington Oval tonight, Mhizz Kibabba, singing Bring Back The Love, emerged as the winner in the 7-12 category of the Crop Over Junior Monarch competition, while Sparkle T won in the 13-18 category with a self-penned number entitled This Golden Chain.
Both winners walked away with over $2,000 in cash and other prizes.
The defending monarchs were Summa in the 7-12 category and De MC in the 13-18 category.
Tonight, there was a tie for second position in the 7-12 group between Browne Star, singing Don’t Pressure Me and Master Kei with A Child’s Plea. Summa finished fourth with Potholes.
In the older category, De Overcomer was second with Save A Child, De MC third with Who Madd? and fourth place went to Lady Nica, whose performance of Questions for the Minister was enhanced by a video presentation featuring Minister of Education Ronald Jones.
It was Sparkle T’s final year in the competition so she is leaving on a high, while Mhizz Kibabba is off to a winning start in her first year in the junior contest.
However, brothers Browne Star and De Rock failed to dominate this year’s competition in the way the Clarke sisters – Lil Az and Small One – and the Gittens brothers – Mylez Z and Jazz Z – previously did.
Tonight’s competition was well attended and at the end of the night, the crowd generally applauded the results which were delivered just before 1 a.m. Sunday after the show got going at 7 p.m. Saturday.