Juniors shine on finals night

Summa and De MC are the Scotiabank Junior (calypso) Monarchs for 2016.

 On a night that saw keen competition in both the eight-12 and 13-18 categories, Summa and De MC proved they were a cut above the rest, though not by much in some cases.

 In the 13-18, the more competitive of the two categories, just two points separated the winner from second place Raheem.

 Picongs were flying left, right and centre and it was truly anyone’s game. In the end, it was De MC’s near perfect presentation that gave him the nudge above the rest.

 He scored a whopping 450 points for his song Outta Love, making him the first male to win in that category since 2008 when Sir Ruel took the crown.

 De MC, a member of Operation Triple Threat (OTT), which specializes in dance, drama and acting, put his talents to good use and presented his song in a manner that left the audience and his many screaming supporters in awe.

De MC was overjoyed after being announced Junior Monarch in the 13-18 cateogry.
De MC was overjoyed after being announced Junior Monarch in the 13-18 cateogry.

 He was first out  of the blocks and many of the unofficial judges – members of the audience – said he would maintain that position at the end of the night, even before seeing the other performances. They were right!

 Raheem, another crowd favorite, scored 448 for his song My Story. His snazzy dance moves and biting lyrics had the crowd on their feet and cheering. Had he added an on stage presentation to go along with the power point presentation, maybe, just maybe, the outcome could have been different.

 Both males should be commended for doing a fantastic job.

 Sparkle T, with her nation building song, Happy Birthday, took the third spot with 440 points. She also took the prize for Best Soca in that category and should be commended for penning the song as well.

 The usually comical and witty RJ had to settle for the fourth spot with his popular song Barbershop. He scored 423 points.

RJ’s performance of Barbershop earned him fourth place.
RJ’s performance of Barbershop earned him fourth place.

 In the eight-12 category, Summa was impressive with Go Away Recession, earning her the crown with 418 points.

 A shy Summa steadily improved from the tent stage and then thoroughly impressed the judges, her many fans and family from the Blackman and Gollop Primary School on finals night. She also received the prize for Best Soca song in that category.

Summa during her winning performance of Go Away Recession.
Summa during her winning performance of Go Away Recession.

 Second place went to Star Diamond, who many believe would have been the winner. However, this year was not to be and she will have to wait a little while longer to be a Calypso Queen.

Star Diamond has high hopes of one day becoming a Calypso Queen.
Star Diamond has high hopes of one day becoming a Calypso Queen.

 However, as she shows much promise, taking that title one day is inevitable. Her song was written by Sparkle T of the 13-18 category, so they both should take a bow. The song earned her 408 points.

 With 390 points, Browne Star was third with his song Train We Up. While he didn’t win the competition, he was still in winners’ row as he emerged the winner of the Barbados TODAY Junior Champion competition.

Browne Star receiving his $2,000 grand prize from Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley and Barbados TODAY’s David Williams for winning the Barbados TODAY Junior Champion competition.
Browne Star receiving his $2,000 grand prize from Minister of Culture Stephen Lashley and Barbados TODAY’s David Williams for winning the Barbados TODAY Junior Champion competition.

 Fourth place Ah-Dee-Lah was not far behind with 385 points for her song Too Young.

 Adding to the action-packed competition, was the entertainment provided during the judges’ deliberation. The show featured many former junior monarchs who performed their winnings songs.

 The former monarchs included Ah-Dee-Lah, Sammy G, Sir Ruel, Mandisa, Malaika and Keisha Christian who would have won the crown 25 years ago.

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