Calypsonians draw for finals slot

Debutante Keerah will be the first contestant to perform when the Courtesy Garage Pic O De Crop Finals comes off on August 4 at the National Botanical Gardens at 8 p.m.

During the draw which was held Thursday, there was one switch between Keerah who pulled 17 and Teri who pulled No. 1. Reigning Monarch Quon will perform at No. 14.

I-Web was unable to attend the draw. However, his manager Brian Corbin was present and pulled number 7 on his behalf. The other 18 finalists were present as well as tent managers, relatives and well-wishers.

Courtesy Garage’s Regional Product Manager Samuel Gaston and the National Cultural Foundation Chief Cultural Officer Andrea Wells delivered brief remarks.

The draw took place in the Courtesy Garage showroom where the 2024 Nissan E Power X-Trail was revealed.

This year the winner of the Courtesy Garage Pic O De Crop Competition has the option of driving away a brand new Nissan vehicle or take $100 000 in cash. Second place gets $40 000; third place $20 000 and fourth place takes home $15 000.

After negotiations with the Barbados Association of Creatives and Artistes (BACA) and tent managers, the NCF increased the prize monies to be paid from fifth to last place positions. Fifth place will now receive $10 000; an increase of $5 000; sixth to tenth place $8 000; an increase of $3 000; 11th to 19th place $ 6 000; an increase of $3 000; and an appearance fee of $1 500 will be paid to every contestant.

Here is the order of appearance for the Finals.

Position        Tent   Artiste           Song

1         House of Soca        Keerah          Come Fuh Me

2         All Stars        Donella         Who’s Next

3         House of Soca        Billboard     Foolish

4         All Stars        Niqa   The Chosen Few

5         All Stars        John Yarde  Gospel According to John

6         Shining Stars          Ross   Helping Hands

7         De Big Show           I-Web            Brain

8         De Big Show           Nathalee      Not For Sale

9         House of Soca        Coopa Dan  Reflection

10       De Big Show           Mr Blood     Hornology

11       De Big Show           AC      Anansi and the Big Bad Ram

12       House of Soca        Raanan         Mr Thankful

13       All Stars        Charisma     Hear

14       House of Soca        Quon Sing Quon Sing

15       De Big Show           Chrystal       De Rescue

16       Shining Stars          Bumba          Change De System

17       All Stars        Teri    Cat Piss and Pepper

18       All Stars        Eric Lewis   Conversation with Mr. Satire

19       House of Soca        Raheem        Child Support


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