The positions have been drawn and the 16 young calypsonians of the Scotiabank Junior Monarch Competition are preparing for the soca showdown on July 21 at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.
There was no sense of nervousness at the Scotiabank Sky Mall Haggett Hall branch this morning as competitors for the 7 to 12 and the 13 to 18 age group categories gathered to draw places for the finals. The bank was buzzing with laughter and excitement as it was announced that ten-year-old KCB will be the first junior participant in the 7 to 12 category to grace the stage to sing her patriotic tune Save This Country.
She will be followed by Browne Star (Peace), Master Kei (Homeless not Hopeless), Sakarah (Colour My Barbados), Star Diamond (BimTomorrow), Joshua B (Magic Man), Just Kari (Where All the Good Girls Gone) and Mighty Bit Bit will close with the cleverly written Please Give Bit Bit The Crown.
Meanwhile, in the senior category, after six years in the competition, Quon has made it to the finals with his entry Why I Sing. The crowd favourite will kick off the 13 to 18 age group which is expected to be a tight competition.
Quon will face some fierce battle from De Overcomer (Bon Appétit), ,Princess Make’da (Tell Me Why) Yahandje (Don’t Cry), former Junior Monarch Dynamo (Tales From De Crpyt) Symar (Beauty) Miracle (Education), and 2014 Junior Monarch Ranaan (Kneel & Pray).
Speaking to the media after the draw, Quon indicated he was ready to ‘up the ante’ during the senior segment with a dynamic and unique performance.
“I am very confident that the performance I put down will really set the pace,” said Quon, adding “I know I have to put down a very, very good performance if I am to win or come anywhere in the top four.”
This year marks Quon’s sixth attempt at the Junior Monarch competition and his hard work finally paid off as he has made it all the way to the finals. He encouraged contestants to be persistent and they would eventually achieve their goals.
“I just want to tell people not to give up because things don’t go your way the first time. Do what you love to do and you will get through eventually,” he advised.
Former Junior Monarch Dynamo didn’t make it to the finals last year, but he used his failure as a motivator to work harder and do his best this time around. was confident and is eagerly awaiting the finals.
“Last year I didn’t make it to the finals, so it really pushed me and let me know that I have to work harder. I was happy that I didn’t make it because I think it pushed me to not lax,” he revealed.
Leading the juniors, ten-year-old KCB told the media that she was extremely pleased with being the first contestant to be on the stage.
“One is not a bad position because you have to go out there and set your bar high so the others can come and beat you,” she said.
KCB went on to say that win or lose, she believed that the 16 contestants who will grace the stage on July 21 are all winners.
“In the end if I don’t win, everyone is a winner because we came all the way to the finals, so we should thank God for that,” KCB added.
Although the Mighty Bit Bit wasn’t pleased to be the final contestant on the 7 to 12 stage, the grandson of the Mighty Gabby disclosed that he would give it his best shot.
“I think it is the worst number to pick but my mother told me… number eight is the best because you can see what persons are doing and you can try to win the competition and do something better than them,” he said.
Bit Bit’s song Please Give Bit Bit The Crown was penned by the lyrical maestro Gabby. Bit Bit disclosed that he would be mindful of his grandfather’s advice, which was to keep his mic close to his mouth on finals night.