DE BIG SHOW and House of Soca grabbed the lion’s share of semi-finalists for this year’s National Cultural Foundation (NCF) Pic-O-De-Crop Calypso Competition.
After an hour of deliberation, communications specialist Simone Codrington made the announcement early Friday morning at Sir Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.
Both tents sent forward seven calypsonians.
Advancing from De Big Show are AC, Chrystal, Classic, Edwin, iWeb, Jslo and MRBLOOD. TC, the reserve, is also from the tent.
Hailing from House of Soca are AC (Anita Clarke), Amazing Dre, Billboard, Franswaa, Ms Sammy G, Observer and Sir Ruel.
Charisma, Colin Spencer and Donella will represent Cave Shepherd All Stars, while Smokey Burke will fly the flag for Super Gladiators.
Three newcomers and three former junior monarchs are in the group of semi-finalists.
Ms Sammy G, Sir Ruel and senior debutante Anita Clarke won as juniors, while Franswaa and Charisma, who competed as Tiffany G while a junior, will be making their first appearance at this level.
Four former monarchs – Classic, iWeb, Edwin and Adrian Clarke – also make for an intriguing competition on July 21 at Kensington Oval. (Barbados Nation)