Heavy downpours on Sunday night did not stop the Junior Calypso Monarch competitors from putting on a show at Carnival City.
After intense competition, Prisca ‘Calypso P’ Neptune was crowned the monarch in the five to 12-year-old category, while veteran competitor Ge’eve Phillip stood above the competition in the 13-19 years category.
Neptune, a first-time entrant to the competition, said while she is happy to have won, it was not she expected.
While her expectations may have been low, she said she still “had hope.”
Neptune said she was uncertain about whether she would nab the top spot because “the competition was tight.”
Despite being soft-spoken and shy, Neptune’s powerful rendition of her song ‘Old People Say’ impressed the judges, putting her ahead of Jerome ‘Lyrical Weapon’ Evans who placed second.
The third-place finish went to Imoy Jacobs.
Meanwhile, Ge’eve Phillip, who won the 5-12 crown in 2018, proved she was still a force in the competition. While she has won on multiple occasions in the younger age group, this year marked her transition into the next level of competition.
Shortly after being crowned, Ge’eve told OBSERVER mediathat she was happy with her performance.
“I am so happy that this is my first year entering for the first time in the 13-19 category and I came out victorious,” the calypsonian said.
She is also encouraging other young people who are considering competing in the Junior Monarch to chase their dreams.
“You never know what this competition may bring to you. This may be your time to shine,” she encouraged. “Live your dream at its best, and determination is key.”
In second place in the 13-19 category was Noah ‘De African Prince’ Yeboah, followed by Clair ‘Lady Clair’ Jacobs, the second runner up.