Placing in the top spot of two long-standing competitions during Crop Over may be more difficult this year, but two of Barbados’ leading entertainers are already preparing for the challenge.
During a Sponsors’ Reception at Ilaro Court on Friday, Chief Executive Officer of the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Carol Roberts-Reifer announced that there would no longer be a semi-final for the Pic-O-De-Crop competition and one song would determine a winner.
And for the first time in about ten years, there will no longer be a separation between power soca and sweet soca songs.
Instead, calypsonians are expected to perform in the new combined Soca Monarch at the National Botanical Gardens.
However, both reigning calypso monarch Anderson Mr Blood Armstrong and party monarch Michael Mikey Mercer said they would be bringing their A-game this season.
“You got to come and you got to come good with your song on that night. You don’t have the backup, so your song has to be impactful,” Mr Blood said. The winner also gets to choose between $100 000 or an X-trail, and the veteran entertainer said he was leaning more towards the money. When asked his thoughts on the changes, the Feteing Family singer said he was gunning for the top spot.
“I think this is going to be a very interesting change,” Mikey said, adding he was looking forward to seeing how the criteria would be applied to judging the power soca and sweet soca under one competition.
The Soca Monarch will receive a Mazda BT 50 from MQI. (TG)