Mr. Blood is the new Calypso King!
When all ten competitors in the Courtesy/Mount Gay Pic-o-de-Crop Finals wrapped up their performances, it could have been anyone's crown.
Patrons at Kensington Oval waited patiently until the judges returned the results and when it was announced, the winner was a surprise to everyone, including the newly crowned King.
In the end, Mr. Blood, hailing from De Big Show tent, was crowned the 2018 calypso monarch- scoring 104 points with two decent songs, Sexual Harassment which highlighted the taboo subject of men being harassed and Stars and Stripes, a nation building song urging Barbadians to do away with customs of the USA.
Speaking to reporters after his crowning, Mr. Blood said he believed he was able to secure the crown by coming into the competition with two strong songs.
"I don’t think I had an A song and a B song, I had two A plus songs and that was one of the reasons why I think I came out on top tonight."
He said he felt a huge sense of relief when the results were announced and although he was surprised, he knew the crown was deserved as his team had done much preparation leading up to finals night.
"We started working from extremely early and it is all about preparation, planning and executing and that is what we did."
He admitted defending King, iWeb, gave him a good challenge, especially since his song M.I.A was a favourite in the tents. Mr. Blood said,
"His [iWeb] performances were well done but we did what we needed to do and the results were obvious."
Along with the crown Mr. Blood will be taking home a Nissan X Trail from Courtesy Garage valued at $126,000, insurance coverage valued at $13,000, a commemorative bottle of Mount Gay 1703 valued at $250 and a host of other prizes including an overseas trip, a staycation and a scholarship for a course at BIMAP Institute.
Fifth place went to Colin Spencer, initially the reserve in the competition but secured a place on finals night after Smokey Burke had to be hospitalized; fourth place was Chrystal Cummins-Beckles, third place, AC and second place went to Donella.
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