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And the 19 semifinalists are…

Ian Webster of the Cave Shepherd All Stars.

by Donna Sealy

Three newcomers are among the 19 Pic-O-De-Crop Semifinalists seeking a place in the Finals to dethrone reigning monarch Popsicle.

The line also includes three former junior monarchs, four former Pic-O-De-Crop monarchs, and an interesting mix of old and new calypsonians.

It was around 12:15 this morning at the NCF headquarters West Terrace, St. James that its Acting Corporate Communication Specialist, Andr? Hoyte, announced the names of the artists who had gained a place in the competition.

In the Pic-O-De-Crop competition there was a tie at 18th place and therefore there is no reserve.

Cave Shepherd All Stars Calypso Tent took the lion’s share of the places after Chrystal, Smokey Burke, Colin Spencer, Ian Webster, Troy Special, De Announcer and Adrian Clarke secured places.

De ADC/Digicel Big Show and House of Soca — has three semi-finalists, Gabby, Red Plastic Bag and Adonijah and Lil Az, Sir Ruel and Dre respectively, while Headliners has two — Blood and Fabee as well as Experience – Enobong and De Doctor.

Bacchanal Time has one – Kid Site, as does the Kingdom of Super Gladiators with Malika.

The Pic-O-De-Crop Semifinals take place next Friday, July 20 at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.

The auditing of the results was carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers SRL and this adjudication process was observed by the Arbiter.

A small group comprising tent managers and artists had assembled outside of the NCF’s headquarters from around 11 p.m. to await the results. It was about midnight when the NCF’s Aja called BATMAN president Sinclair Gittens and the Alliance’s Sharon Carew-White into the office and shortly after the judges came out and left the compound.

There were 221 artists registered for the NCF’s competitions this year, 139 of whom were for the Pic-O-De-Crop competition, 164 for Party Monarch and 163 for the Sweet Soca.

A total of 11 tents pitched this year with the first being judged on June 26 and the last one, Tomorrow’s Children faced the judges last night.

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