ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The nine calypsonians who will be battling to dethrone 2013 Calypso Monarch Tyrone “King Eddie Mello” Thomas have been announced.
A release from the Carnival Development Committee (CDC) said the nine finalists are: Kaseba, King De Bear, King Fiah, King Pan Man, King Singing Sudden, King Zacari, Princess Thalia, Queen GB, and Young Destroyer.
However, in the event that King Eddie Mello fails to defend his crown, the alternate Destroyer Sr, will complete the list of competitors for the 2014 Wadadli Beer Calypso Monarch crown on August 3, 2014.
Earlier in the day, Chairman of the Calypso Monarch Committee, Dyon Simmons, confirmed that reigning Calypso King Edimelo will not be participating in this year’s competition.
Simmons said, “The thing about it is three of the finalists from last year are not in the competition this year. King Eddie Mello made a decision that he’s not taking part. He has spoken to the chairman.”
He said that as a result, there are now three new spots available for finalists.
“Now with Edimelo out, once the king or the reigning monarch has declared that he’s not taking part, the judges will always select 10,” he said.
Simmons said the reigning monarch did not disclose any specific reason for backing out.
He also indicated that another participant was unable to attend the eliminations because he had contracted chikungunya.
Nevertheless, the chairman said there were large crowds at the elimination round Wednesday, and the calypsonians “sounded good”.
His one concern, however, was the late start to the proceedings this year.
“I was just wondering why we didn’t start five, six weeks ago,” Simmons said.
He said he thought this late start had something to do with the fact that elections were carried out later in the year that usual, interrupting certain carnival preparations.
“Even if it didn’t happen before, and everybody was focused in that direction, once elections were over they should’ve been ready to go,” he said.