Wednesday 15 July, 2020

Calypsonians change things up for Pic-O-De-Crop Finals

The 11 finalists for the 2017 Pic-O-De-Crop competition.

The 11 finalists for the 2017 Pic-O-De-Crop competition.

With the Pic-O-De Crop Finals set to come off on Saturday night, the 11 finalists are making their final preparations for the big kaiso battle.

Who is your pick to win the 2017 Pic-O-De-Crop crown?

Adrian Clarke (More Love & My Opinion)
Aziza (We Still Standing Tall & The United Caribbean)
Chrystal (Too Big Fuh De Horse & Claim Barbados Back)
Classic (If Yuh Don't Know & Divorce)
Colin Spencer (One Last Vote & Belated Birthday Greetings)
Donella (Virtual & Make A Change)
Edwin (Beggar & Tax-He)
iWeb (Salesman & Pray For The Souls)
Observer (Patriot & Socio-Party)
Sir Ruel (Run Fuh Cover & The Printer)
Smokey Burke (Poor-trait & Persona Non Grata)

Sir Ruel, who hails from the House of Soca Tent, has dropped one of the songs he judged with in previous rounds of the competition. When contacted on Friday, he was busy at rehearsals and by way of his Tent Manager Sharon Carew-White, he said that after consulting with his team he believes that it would be better if he changed his song selection.

Carew-White told Loop:

“He was doing two political songs and when he discussed it with his team they thought it best to offer a contrast, so therefore he decided to bring a previous song. This song has been used before and performed in the tent and he thought that it would give him just as great a chance as any other song. So he decided to change his song.”

Sir Ruel has cast aside ‘Not My Vote’, a calypso that was previously banned from radio earlier this season and has picked up ‘The Printer’, which Carew-White asserted is “just as richly inviting and entertaining and melodic.”

Another changed from the semi finals - though minor- comes from Adrian Clarke, who has switched the order of his songs. He will now be singing 'More Love' in the first half and 'My Opinion' in the second.

iWeb at Pic-O-De-Crop rehearsals on Friday afternoon.

The contestants were at rehearsals at Kensington on Friday afternoon readying themselves for the big musical showdown.

The lineup of 11 finalists includes defending monarch, Aziza; four former Pic-O-De-Crop Kings in Edwin and Classic (one crown each), and iWeb and Adrian Clarke (two crowns each). They all hail from De Big Show tent.

Rounding out the lineup are Colin Spencer and Donella from All Stars tent; Smokey Burke from Gladiators tent; Observer and former Junior Calypso Monarch, Sir Ruel from House of Soca; and three-time regional calypso queen, Chrystal of De Big Show.

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