No female in this year’s calypso final

The calypso dust has finally settled on the Newtown Savannah and with it, the judges decision as to the composition of the nine finalists in this year’s calypso competition.

They are Caressa, Ghetto Prince, Black Diamond, De Ros, Daddy Chess, Bob, Web, Ras Kelly and Hunter.

These are the chosen nine and their next challenge will be to try to dethrone reigning five-time monarch, Dice at the Calypso final to be held on February 9, at Carnival City.

None of the three females who took part in the semi-final, namely Electra, Rachel and Lady Star, were able to make it   into this year’s elite group of nine.

Below are photos of the nine finalists.

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177 Comments

  1. opinion
    January 30, 2013

    the strongest songs comes from hunter, karessa, (maybe dice, but it sounds like a replay from last year), and a few others….from the beginning i said electra is missing something, the song is too high pitched for her…but i do hope to see her next year again..i do hope karessa wins this year. song is great.

  2. TO ANONYMOUS
    January 29, 2013

    Did Hunter really cheat ?

  3. Jenniffer
    January 28, 2013

    It looks like caressa will be king this year.. They rub you enough bro..keep fighting, you are my role model!! win lose or draw you are the only true king in dominica. your calypso can compete anywhere in the region. Its a pity you are not recognized as a writer. one day all dem hypocrit will confess that you were the best among the rest..We love you and will continue to support you!!

  4. blessed
    January 28, 2013

    Calypso is a big man thing lol

  5. Anonymous
    January 28, 2013

    Electra put on a good show, too bad she did not make it. I hope she participates again next year with something deeper.

  6. Captioned
    January 28, 2013

    There will always be controversy in calypso as to who should be in the finals. As long as we respect each others opinion. I just discovered some amazing news. I was made to understand that there was a 3 way tie for ninth place between Electra, Soul Pous and De Ros. The QUESTION I have to the Calypso Association is how was the tie broken. We calypso lovers need an answer. To DNO, here is a story to follow. Thank you

    • yep
      January 28, 2013

      simple…I am guessing the matter was put to a vote among the judges????? Duh!

    • Realist
      January 29, 2013

      Whilst there is no corroboration to your story,it does make for interesting albeit controversial conversation. If there was such a tie it would not be difficult to find a tie breaker. Calypso is big business these days so the result will reflect one which will bring the greatest financial rewards to the finals.

  7. sexxy rasta hannah
    January 28, 2013

    I totally agree with cornmeal. it is abut time that women get the respect that they deserve in calypso. Electra and Checker should have made it to the finals. there is to much of politics in calypso, an art form that exists only for entertainment and it is being used to throw and sling mud against one another it is a shame and God awful shame. We need to do better and come out of the funk of politics and judge on the merit ogf the song and not who wrote it.

  8. January 28, 2013

    @calypso bumm one video king …. well this one video king represents every year stop hating on dice he has the voice for calypso so electra didnot make it i think the chosen 9 were great and someone called and said about she should be in hunter’splace no way hunter have a great touching song i beleive he will be in the top four but dice again for me who dont like it lump it put in in a pipe and smoke it every time someone does not make it the judges are always blamed try becomin a judge then you will know big up ghetto prince happy you made it big respect big tune

  9. Anonymous
    January 28, 2013

    well I am happy for the finalist, I am looking forward for the first people controversial calypso competition I hope electra take part, heard the line up and the organizers still looking for more contreversy in the finals. I want to see who Dominicans want for the peoples king.

  10. CIA on the Watch
    January 28, 2013

    If there exist in Dominica a burial ground for Calypso, i recommend the first artiste to be buried there has to be and should be this disgraceful former Calypso King SCRUNTER, what a shame on the art form that is suppose to be social commentary.

  11. Calypso Lover
    January 28, 2013

    The juding was perfect…. It was not an easy show to jude, but i think the judges got it right.

    Electra was a strong performer on the night, but her song is passe. Our women need to move beyond this gender affairs story…. women are already equal in everyone’s eyes, so please move on, next topic.

    Ras Kelly and Ghetto Prince…. strong songs. I really hope Ras Kelly can win this year.

    • Calypso Lover
      January 28, 2013

      Hey, I’m a different Calypso Lover than the person who posted under me. I don’t think Asa’s song is no where near our top calypsos this year

  12. Curious
    January 28, 2013

    Do the calypsonians get paid after each round? Someone please explain compensation.

  13. All for One
    January 28, 2013

    For years now Barbados has moved away from away from the defending monarch format and has had much success with it. The monarch is for that crop over say 2012 is 2012 and crop over 2013 everybody starts from stretch because it is a new year, your reign is over there is no defending of the crown you have to compete for the crown like everyone else. It levels the playing field for everyone. I personally would like to see Dice compete from the quarts like the other calypsonians; I believe it would enrich the quality of the show and make the monarch more of a unique achievement, just a thought.

  14. Calypso lover
    January 28, 2013

    Asa Banton make one calypso and he sounding better than some calypsoians that there long time. Judges did well this yr

  15. Captioned
    January 28, 2013

    Can someone tell me the difference between Deros song and Scrunter song besides one supporting and the other opposing. In the end one made it the other did not. In my view, they both did not deserve to go through

    • Choice - X
      January 29, 2013

      In the judging sub-criteria is an area called relevance. Due to the reception that this sound received it proved to be totally irrelevant at this point in time.

  16. ppowe
    January 28, 2013

    we not attenting this year calypso show the line up is trash im not going to pay all dat money to hear trash dice will win again most people will listen to it on radio anyway just a waste

  17. pals
    January 28, 2013

    No electra :( #madnessssss

  18. Sapphire
    January 28, 2013

    Congrats to all those who made the final 9.. congrats to black diamond really prooved urself on saturday…. no matter what happen, u will always be my king..

    You have the potential, charisma, gam. so just go out there and perform to the best of ur ability..
    Good Luck in finals.

    **When god closes a door somewhere he opens a window** ur window have now been opened, and many more will be open

  19. trute
    January 28, 2013

    I am a woman but did not think Elektra’s song was strong enough. Just coming and sing about women’s plight with a lackluster song that lacks punch isn’t enough. Point blank!

    • Me
      January 29, 2013

      You obviously don’t know what a good calypso composition is. This song in my opinion was the best for the season! Beautiful melody and rendition

  20. is me
    January 28, 2013

    please dno..we need some info on dat deadly flu ,whooping cough ,vomiting flu,nobody knows

  21. Truth
    January 28, 2013

    Have it ever occurred to anyone that the these nine were specifically chosen with the exception of Black Diamond, just to ensure that Dice gets the crown a sixth time to continue making their history? He really does not have any competition there. Those who could have given him competition like Soul Puss for instance was booted out. So there you see, open your eyes people to the truth, it is looking us right in our faces.

    • black diamond fan
      January 28, 2013

      Dice second song is full of crap… his first song is a remix of ghetto prince song.. dice scared but don’t u worry.. Black Diamond as king

  22. hmmm
    January 28, 2013

    DNO half of these comments on here are apparently from people who obviously know nothing about calypso judging!

    Why does everyone feel they are qualified to comment on judging. You are not a judge…stay in your lane!!!!!!!!

    • Choice - X
      January 29, 2013

      People have a right to share their opinions on local calypso. All this banter makes the event more interesting and drives the excitement that translates into financial returns for the calypso industry.
      In reality all paying patrons a judges, their financial support is the best judgement. the official judges don’t pay to enter.

  23. grell
    January 28, 2013

    chess should not make it the wife should,mad mad mad dont like the song @ all

  24. Boooo
    January 28, 2013

    I enjoyed the show!!! Nice competition. I enjoyed boooooooooing Scrunter, I enjoyed Shadow Flow to the Max.. Ghetto Prince’s song was touching, I thought Checker would have gone through the finals. I don’t understand why Web is on….same old kind of melody…boring!!!!

  25. grell
    January 28, 2013

    dno verty poor where are the photos from saturday night.

  26. big mike
    January 28, 2013

    allu in love with electra man!!!!!!! de girl struggle with the first verse of de song thts not fantasy calypso is not what allu want to see is what de judges decide and how de artist perform on the night from the recording to the stage you can hear she fighting with tht song it not coming natural because she is a woman and she popular she just suppose to go through another tasha p not happening any time soon they need to hav a woman competion so we would hav a calypso king and queen tasha p win there woman competion and came into the man competion and still win is tht fair to men ? i think it hav alot of woman to bring back the ladies competion i dont think men should be competing with woman jah didnt want it tht way tht why i never liked tht song woman time and the man tht write it lose his male identity to think of writing a song like tht putting woman in competing stage with a man and de bible never say woman should lead and men follow!!!!!!!

  27. Dominican by birth
    January 28, 2013

    There’s enough women now to have their own show

  28. yardie
    January 28, 2013

    seriously i wonder how bobb,webb & daddy chest get to be in the finals what to people like checker,beno etc

  29. Anonymous
    January 28, 2013

    So my Top 4, in no particular order:

    Bobb, The people’s king whose crown was stolen for karessah

    Dice, defending champ

    Webb, Calypso Vet

    DeRose, Brakes 2.0

  30. love being me
    January 28, 2013

    I doe care what people say I love the scrunter song.

  31. DESIE
    January 28, 2013

    Calypso is very bad this yr Dice did not WOW me this yr, maybe because it did not get enough air play.
    And Sour Sour could not give me anything road-match quality. :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :(

  32. elain
    January 27, 2013

    So far we have one competitor with two very good songs. He competed with his weaker song and top both the quarters and the Semi. I am betting my last dollar based on all that i have heard so far even from the king dice, If caressa gives 70% of his best, That crown is moving to Marigot. That is the strongest I have ever seen this man lyrically, melodically, his rendition and we all know that no one can touch him on presentation. Dice might place 3rd, I find his second song full of anger, mark you, I love his first song although it reminds me of teacher, and some of his other former compositions. It appears to be a cut and pace calypso. If hunter works on his rendition he can be second. But if all things equal, there is no doubt… caressa will be king!!!

  33. Gigg-la
    January 27, 2013

    A big thank u to the audience for letting Scrunter know this fire bombing issue is a sensitive topic and being a veteran calypsonian he should have dealt with the topic in a better way wondering if he got paid to sing dat crap

  34. malfini
    January 27, 2013

    :lol: DICE AGAIN

  35. lovely s
    January 27, 2013

    Admin please find out the writers of those calypso and post them for your readers. we need to know they were well penned and this year not much politics but extremely good ones, like ghetto prince, hunter, ghost the best ones web. I am especially interested in the writer of ghetto prince calypso. Ghost i say you are on track i love that piece to the max go on my brother.

  36. Just Reading
    January 27, 2013

    I think the judges did well;though, I would have put in Checker instead of Daddy Chess.

    Elecktra tried to show the range in her voice in verse one and went off key…at a show like this there is no place for try outs…she sounded really off in the first few lines of her song; though, she recovered quickly…Rachel was shouting too much. These women, with their naturally high-pitched voices, must realize that a calypso show is not Star Search, where voice range reigns supreme. Calypsos was begotten from free men with rusty voices voicing their opinion about the system.

    One must listen to the song of the De Webb, who we all know can sing, before we say he should not have made it. Didn’t he delivered well? Most of us, respond to the sensualism of the calypsos and not the lyrics…to say De Webb had to be left out of the top nine is a travesty.

    I don’t like De Bobb and I think his calypsos are not calypsoes but RnB music…his voice is too refined for that genre of music…but he can sing, he can perform and he his song is lyrically stronger than many of the songs presented at the show..he had to be in the final nine and so is Ghost…he dramatized his song well, each time facing the papa and questioning him on the behalf of the paros…this was done beautifully unlike many who have props on stage and hardly interact with them..plus, his song like Ghetto Prince’s has a strong message that is needed to be heard.

    I think Dice is in trouble this year…Karessah, Hunter, De Webb and even Black Diamond can easily grab the crown from him…so, I advice him to come correct and not complacent.

  37. lovely s
    January 27, 2013

    To all those who think that they are calypso analyst you need to go back to the drawing board.
    This was the best of the crop and this was a tight competition and to the person who think that ghost should not be i can bet he must have been number one on most judges score sheet.
    This was the best judged semi finals in a very long time and i hope they are the same judges who will judge the finals. Be objective people and honest this was judged fairly. Bob, Web, are extremely good lyrically daddy chest has good.

  38. Ileen
    January 27, 2013

    For sure by now every one knows that Bob has influence on the judges. Bob does not sing calypso and it is calypso competition. He has no place in the finals. Let us not judge the show before it takes place.

  39. hmmm
    January 27, 2013

    lady star did a great job on the night…all the talk about females…jugde the show on the night…out on bail was written by lady star i heard the MC say and it was well executed and well performed…alot of hype was placed around elektra and the young lady has real talent but if the hsow was judged on the night…lady star should have been th e woman in…unfair to the young girl…stupes

  40. Anonymous
    January 27, 2013

    I am hoping that Scrunter placed number twenty (20) for his excellent rendition. (lol)

  41. Not a herd follower
    January 27, 2013

    Well, Nadine, I will include this in my archive. I appreciate your skill and style of writing and the analysis you offered in this piece.

    I believe Electra and even Shadow Flow should have been in the final nine. I would have left out Hunter. He did not impress me. Although Electra’s voice was not always perfect throughout her rendition, she did enough with a well put together song, which is easily one of the best this season. Calypso is not necessarily about serious topics. It is also about fun, being comical and succeeds in that style when the material is creatively produced. I find Shadow Flow’s piece funny, with good arrangement and a bounce that makes it worthy of road march status. He should have been a competitor at the final.

    After Scrunter, Rachel was my biggest disappointment of the night. What happened to her voice? Her voice was not suitable for competition on the night. She also went way off key with some of the notes. That’s not the Rachel who won the Q95’s QTS competition and vied at the Cooperative Division’s calypson show and whom, rightly so, has been compared favourably with Singing Sandra of TnT.

    Black Diamond’s We Want Black Diamond As King is not as lyrically strong as last year’s Pit Toilet, but he deserves to be in the final. The guy delivered with great confidence in a voice that is made for calypso. The guy is a natural. And it is because he is a genuine talent that people warm to him. I have no doubt he will actually and legitimately be crowned King soon with excellent songs, of course.

  42. 2cute
    January 27, 2013

    DICE OR HUNTER FOR KING !

  43. Rasta Mystic
    January 27, 2013

    I think the judges did a great job . I’m disappointed none of the ladies did not make it to the finals , but they really did not bring their A games last night .. Rachel we know you can sing , but you tried doing too much last night ( you were really shouting )

    Soulpuss I got mad Love for you , but I swear every year you’re singing the same thing . Sye great song but you did not carry it well last night . Scrunter you get two thumbs down .

    • Ovaltine
      January 30, 2013

      I meant to give you a thumbs up and gave down instead. So minus one of your downs.

  44. DA Child
    January 27, 2013

    congrats to all those who made it to the finals. I was not at the show but listen to the show via the net.
    It is disappointed that no woman made it this year. Maybe that is a good time to bring back the calypso queen show. give the women their own platform to do their thing.

  45. I reading
    January 27, 2013

    I just wished that Chris Banton was in the semis. This is such a beautiful song and he is singing it so beautifully. He has a great voice and personality. Congratulations to Ian Jackson on another great composition. Chris looking forward to seeing you next year.

  46. shame
    January 27, 2013

    De ros should never be in that. so what the jugges were afraid of the candle or that they always want dice to win. etectra was too dam good

  47. shame
    January 27, 2013

    Oh my, I couldn’t believe Electra was so great and she was left out, oh no this is not right. I was at the front listened to this sound and this was great. no wonder they want one man to be king although pat Aaron ran out of words because now is mama. last year was teacher. same sound that can only sing in Roseau.

  48. calpso lover
    January 27, 2013

    the show was of high standard. he calypsoian sang very well. am surprise patron are taking the show too political. scrunter was great and de rose. so what! its was surprisely a third section of the crow.

  49. sweets
    January 27, 2013

    confidence is a hell of a thing and Electra had it but her voice no; it was flat; I love her outfit but if she had made it through I would have been shocked to the core; congratulations the ones who placed deserved it…scrunty baby I felt sorry but maybe you should be a calypso commentator or guest artist and give up competiting….

  50. bee
    January 27, 2013

    Frankly speaking the judging was not a fear one last night but the judges have the last say.

  51. Realistic opinion
    January 27, 2013

    I hope the calypso assoiation will give aleast a 50% discount on the tickets for the finals due to a poor line up this year.

    • Just Reading
      January 27, 2013

      What made the line-up dull? Is it because your favourites didn’t make it or otherwise? Have you ever wonder that others may think that the chosen line-up is the best ever and would have it no other way because their favourites are in there.

    • just an observation
      January 28, 2013

      hahhahaha World Creol Music Fest nuh?!! lol

  52. I reading
    January 27, 2013

    The W key on my key board is going bad and it is omotted from some of my words. Sorry about that

  53. I reading
    January 27, 2013

    Yeah I as waiting to read that comment about Electra should have gone through. I listened to the show in it’s entirety and believe me the judges were right in their judgement. I believe they did an excellent job. I must say that the show was of a high standard but here Electra is concerned she didn’t render the sond effectively. It was just to flat. Almost as though she as talking. I could hardly here the lyrics in the first couple of lines in the stanza of each verse. It was muzzled. From the onset the song was released there was need to raise the pitch a note or a semi tone higher. She has talent but so does every other calypsonian. She faltered and it cost her. So don’t go trying to influence the girl’s mind about the judges. You guys and her need to listen to a recording and then you will see that the judges were right. It was a tight show any little mistake or fault mattered. Electra didn’t pull through but there is next year and many other years to come.

    • Natural Living
      January 28, 2013

      I Reading…clearly you were not at the show and clearly you pre judged…..whatever medium you used to listen to the show was what was causing any distortion….I was at the show…live and direct…she was the most clear of all the performers…you could hear every word crystal clear…and her delivery was flawless… the lyrical content was good and should have had no problem going through…..De Rose was nowhere close to her…blatant robbery

    • me
      January 28, 2013

      My sentiments exactly; Electra messed up the song becauase the song was TOO low. Even singing it at 1/2 a notch higher would have made a difference.

      Come back next year my dear

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2013

      I here no WOW in Electra’s voice. I understood she was the lead vocalist in a band? hmmm

    • A Commentator
      January 28, 2013

      I here no WOW in Electra’s voice.

    • opinion time
      January 28, 2013

      i totally agree!she was talking some of those words.her voice powerful..sing better next year

  54. Calypso bummmmmmmmm
    January 27, 2013

    Woman cannot make it to the final stage? Well woman shouldn’t go to the park. Electra you were fantastic, you gave it your all feel proud. Let them majeee judges preping their one video king… At least your song can cross waters but their own dying right in Roseau lanboushwee……
    Every year calypso has controversy but this year is the worst. I am just not impressedddddddd. In dat fraidit for $70 never happeningggggggggg.

    • devideomaker
      January 27, 2013

      chuppppppseeeee absolute rubbish!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • opinion time
      January 28, 2013

      but you stupid man!Electra did not sing the POWERFUL SONG properly.she was talking some parts!be balance plz

  55. cornmeal
    January 27, 2013

    Calypso before used to be one song for the road and one serious. There was a time we did not have any calypsos to play on the road and that was how hi-fi came in. This year the judges have left out the songs meant for the road. There is something called “Road March King”!!!!! (2) Electra did well, her song is lyrically strong, melody first class and the girl can sing. What happened to Soul Puss? Bob and Web, who are they? They have no place in this year’s finals. Again, Shadow Flow’s point – i dont know that they even sing. (3) Competition really begins at the eliminations, then quarter finals and then semi-final; however, at the finals it is not only competition, it is show time. The competitors must be able to put up a show for the patrons – that is why we pay $70.00. That is why i like Carressa. Shadow Flow would have given us a show too. Bob and Web are two dead meat. (4) All women should boycott the show in solidarity to Electra, she deserved a place instead of Bob or Web or even Deros.

    • Not a herd follower
      January 27, 2013

      I concur that Electra and Shadow Flow should have been included in the final nine.

    • Just saying
      January 27, 2013

      Did you REALLY listen to the show? Or werd you one of those that came for the rum and the party??? You sound like someone who came to the show with ur nine in mind and have no idea what actually transpired.

  56. musician
    January 27, 2013

    D ros all the way!!!!!!!!!!1

  57. January 27, 2013

    hey! what did scrunter do?

    • Anonymous
      January 27, 2013

      Ask DNO

    • Sammy
      January 28, 2013

      I think they say he personally & ambitiously secured a spot at Calypso’s Gentle Rest.

  58. Anonymous
    January 27, 2013

    I must have been at a different show last nite. Bonjay dem judges need to be judged. Electra should have made it, Bob doesn’t belong on a Calypso stage and Ghost going to forget his words again.

    • goush man!
      January 28, 2013

      all of allu talking about who should make it and who shouldn’t. stupes. none of allu not professional judges so go read a damn book! because is allu friend allu will always want the person to make it. stupes. the judges decision is final… it done. complaining not gan change the results.

    • January 28, 2013

      Electra did her very best but the judges decisions are final Electra have the voice but what I found was wrong with her singing was her breathing it sound as if she was straining and that haven got anything to do with being a woman Electra just have to take the experience and move forward and prepare for next year I wish her all the best.

    • souplay
      January 28, 2013

      you are very right Anonymous! Bob should stay away from Calypso. Tat is Electra spot. She did far far much better than Bob COULD DREAM OF. Go sing some R&B somewhere or do Karioke.

  59. koolbwa
    January 27, 2013

    There is no way that ras kelly should make it d man talking his calypso .his performance was no was worthy of finals or better than d others who sang and deros??? My god what nonsense shame on d judges after the first round they get fed up and messed up d results they just wasn’t interested

    • D A
      January 27, 2013

      Only a papa would say that

  60. January 27, 2013

    im happy for you black diamond! yayyyyyyyyyy!! :-D

  61. Annica Alethea
    January 27, 2013

    Scrunter booed should be news DNO. What a shame.

    • Not a herd follower
      January 27, 2013

      I agree. Big news, too.

    • devideomaker
      January 27, 2013

      i checking that too wi!

  62. my way
    January 27, 2013

    Caressa all d way!!!!

  63. Ovaltine
    January 27, 2013

    Congratulations! This year a good song and voice alone were not enough to make through to the finals. There were at least 15 songs that were final materials so the calypsonians had to bring it on.

    I did not have any of the female singers in my list of final 9. Better luck next time. Hey Soup Puss, you gonna have to put some more soul in the puss next year. Good song though.

    Shadow Flow, keep working for the road march. My three year old son walks around singing I come for de and rum and de party(I in trouble). He is also singing Ba o Blanc balen (you know what I mean) but not as much as de rum and de party. If is up to he alone Shadow is Road march King.

    Enough about that….Caressah, King Dice have nothing on you this year so bring it on.

    • Mweh mem
      January 28, 2013

      Caressah is king..Dice second song not too hot…

  64. Ideall
    January 27, 2013

    what happened to soulpuss? cheated again..he should had advanced good luck next year my friend

    • Not a herd follower
      January 27, 2013

      Soul Puss’song is too dead, honestly. It is flat and has no originality. He did not deserve a place in the final nine.

      • Not a herd follower
        January 27, 2013

        I mean creativity instead of originality

  65. margwasar
    January 27, 2013

    I believe that this is the worst judging I have seen in calypso. This is certainly wrong and unbelievable that Electra has been left out of the finals… unbelievable. The lady sang well she had melody, clear rendition, good lyrics what more do the judges want and to see De Bob and Web made it..this needs investigating. What did Bob sing to make it to the finals. Lets see first not one judge was female and to see that 90% of patrons to calypso shows and tents are females we are the ones keeping the art form going as we are the ones supporting the shows and to see a lady judged so wrongly and unfairly this year..I appeal to all female patrons to boy-cut the finals this is not right and unfair..we should stand up for Electra and time to see a change in the judges as some calypsonians have friends on the judges tables who push their people through.
    Shame…shame on the judges…why was Electra left out we want to know and De Bob and Web made it..what about Checker who was also much better than these two. We need to get this thing right. This is working out to be a boring finals as most of these guys do not even have good second songs and we will be asked to pay $70 for the show for what….

    • "O" STRESS"
      January 27, 2013

      My sources told me calipso,”IS BIG MAN THING” I strongly disagree, fair is fair,every thing is inside out,every thing is upside down,and if i did`nt know better, Dominicans will shout and scream, but come finals they will be fighting to spend their money to go and sewo.Women should have their own Calipso show going forward, woman power and the big egoes will sink.

    • I reading
      January 27, 2013

      I do not want to get into this replying to people’s comments but to question Bob and De Web’s selection is ludacris. These two gentlemen are deserving of their places. That’s why Shadonw flow wrote this song because many people come to the show and don’t listen or critically analyse the performance of individual calysonians. This is simply because they have already pre-selected their finalist. So when these guys are performing they are not listened to and surprisingly they make it through. They really deserve their positions. I am being very objective here as a calypsonian myself. I felt bob’s song. It really had an emotional appeal and so it apealed to the judges as well. De Web’s song was a blast. Hats off to Mr Durand for an excellent composition. Listening to Web I found that he was well rounded, very improved tonal quality, excellent comand of the stage and great rendition. Congratulations guys. Congratulations to all the finalists. Looking forward to an exceptional calypso finals

    • devideomaker
      January 27, 2013

      I don’t think you understand Bob’s song. I think its a great song.

    • Captioned
      January 28, 2013

      I totally agree with you on Bob. He does not deserve a place in the finals. Guess the judges wanted to make sure that is not only Stardom calypsonians in de finals

  66. Pointe Michel-Roseau
    January 27, 2013

    The songs are not all that great this year

  67. Astonished
    January 27, 2013

    Where is Dominica’s calypso going? What were the judges thinking while scoring? “No female in this years calypso finals.” When I listened to the lyrics of “A WOMAN’S WORTH” sang by a female, “ELECTRA” and I watched how that young lady delivered that song, I cannot help but say if any of these judges has a mother or is female or you may be a husband or has a sister or daughter, you should have felt that song. Does that mean that our calypso has to be contraversial,political or personal to go through? Something smells rotten. Come again.

    • OMG
      January 27, 2013

      It’s not a personal thing. Electra was ood..But not good enough…rendition is not enough..the message is not at all unique..Where’s the social commentary…We’ve heard enough..Im a woman..Electra go sing R & B..Calypso has had its fair share of woman time!!

      • Just saying
        January 27, 2013

        Thank you!!!

  68. jenner vital
    January 27, 2013

    it was a difficult show..Ghetto prince, Black diamond along with Bob fought their way through.

  69. Anonymous
    January 27, 2013

    how bobb,web and daddy chest geting into the some ting nah right

  70. January 27, 2013

    What a show last night! For the first time in a long time the judges did well, it was a very tight competition.

  71. jreyn
    January 27, 2013

    Hunter had lyrics written on his left hand and you all zoomed in on it too. this should be taken on with the calypso committee and have him
    disqualified. he really does not need to be in the finals for such dishonesty. they need to review the video tape you will see the proof. he took someone else’s spot who competed fair and square. please look into this. the radio stations need to be alerted on that too. he needs to be disqualified

    • Miss bronx
      January 28, 2013

      Oh my god, you are totally right.. I was watching the show on tdn and i sent a message to a friend asking what is that ish dude has written on his hand…. He should be disqualified for doing that….

    • Rasta Mystic
      January 28, 2013

      You guys will say anything , one year he is too old and need to retire , now he have lyrics written in his hand . How many times through the performance did you see Hunter looking down at his hands . Get off the man back !

  72. Brooklyn new York
    January 27, 2013

    This was an unfair decision. In as much as the judges decision is final, I still believe that the whole affair looked sexiest,biased and that the judges have no experience in the realm of judging.
    Judges should explain why the ladies did not make it to the finals.

  73. Adam
    January 27, 2013

    I realy think women should be with women for the queen calipso show and men should be for the king show

    • Toomatoe Tomato
      January 28, 2013

      And then all the women would go the women show and all the men would go to the men show? I wonder how this would work or should work?

      Would the men beg the women to join them once again? But would the women in calypso want to be segregated? See American Idol and the Voice men and women compete why should calypso be any different? I wonder what Calypso Rose would say to that.

      The semi-finals is a prelude to what we should expect at the finals. I had my favorites and most of them made it, except for Electra and Srunter I wanted to see them both in the finals also.

      Good start in the calypso arena, Electra – next year we will be looking forward to the mighty duo once again which would have proved to be great fun.

      We enjoyed your rendition of a woman’s worth. Good Calypso but the judges’ decision is final and we must accept it as such. I am looking forward to the Finals.

  74. truth
    January 27, 2013

    The judges didn’t choose VIGILANTE in quarters so ELECTRA. Can go down in semi nothing wrong with that she was to confident daddy chess shouldn’t go finals either but then is Norman letang. Is his father

    • Alex Bruno
      January 28, 2013

      Dear Truth,

      Greetings:

      The truth is, Norman is not Daddy Chess’ father. Please check your facts.

      Peace

    • Real
      January 29, 2013

      So because 2 people have the same last name they are father and son? Get your facts right and learn proper grammar before you even attempt to post a comment again.

  75. Yes Fada!
    January 27, 2013

    SWEET, SWEET KAISO!
    Not happy that I’m gonna miss this show :(

  76. truth
    January 27, 2013

    Sorry ladies calypso. Is a man thing. It is a big man thing

    • Jessie
      January 28, 2013

      If a woman did not perform well enough to go through then I’ll accept that. However your comment is rather sexist. Jackass!!!

  77. Anonymous
    January 27, 2013

    I am disappointed that Electra did not make it. That girl can sing.She has a bright future ahaead of her in the Calypso business…

    • OMG
      January 27, 2013

      Calypso isnt about just being able to sing! She needs to go international..Not calypso!!

  78. dominca
    January 27, 2013

    at least one woman should have made it 8-O

    • Anonymous
      January 27, 2013

      No tokenism, thanks.

      • Not a herd follower
        January 27, 2013

        I concur. No tokenism. The women have to earn their place and, I believe, Electra did earn her place in the final.

      • FOR REAL
        January 28, 2013

        Right on the money

    • Calypso Lover
      January 28, 2013

      Tell those women to stop recycling songs about gender affairs…. get with the times and sing a real calypso

  79. Ashamed!
    January 27, 2013

    What is wrong with the veteran calypso Scrunter? Does he have a manager? And if yes, why did he or she allow him to commit political suicide? that song was just shameful. Scrunter deserved all the Boooooos and more.

  80. WOW!
    January 27, 2013

    The highlights of the calypso semi finals was when Deros sang the last verse of his song.That sent the crowd into estatic screams. But for scrunter, it was a neutralization of his song and an extraction from the final nine.

  81. Calypso Pundit
    January 27, 2013

    Deros shut Scrunter up once and for all. Scrunter garcon, do not play with Lady Justice. I hope you have learnt your lesson.

  82. Well
    January 27, 2013

    We all expected Electra ton have been in the final 9 since the eliminations. However, we need to look at it as a turn for the better; divine intervention. Health before those damaging heavy speakers. Count your blessings. There will be more times anyway.

  83. Anonymous
    January 27, 2013

    So be it. Let them try again next year!!

  84. Realistic opinion
    January 27, 2013

    This is the worst judging i have ever wittnessed since i have been following these types of competitions in Dominica.It started from the elimination down to the semi finals. Personally, i think Electra has one of best songs for this season interms of lyrics and melody etc.

  85. an observer
    January 27, 2013

    great show. the judges indeed had a task to do. some will always be disappointed. all cannot go through. the best had to be chosen. hats off to black diamond, hunter, and ras kelly, my favourite of the crew, but they are all good.

  86. strange
    January 27, 2013

    wat about sye? did he participate?

  87. pan
    January 27, 2013

    Daddy Chss u play your wife boy hahahaah

  88. CIS
    January 27, 2013

    I agree with the Final 9.

    Rachel’s voice was hoarse and sounded terribly.

    Lady Star failed to shine.

    Elektra was good, but not good enough in comparison to the 9.
    On a side note I have no qualms with her theme of her song; So many love songs are written or other topics with a recycled theme. There is always next year, she can learn from her mistakes

    • OMG
      January 27, 2013

      My sentiments exactly!!

  89. AHA
    January 27, 2013

    So far a boring Calypso line-up. I see a 6 time winner being crowned! Diiiiceee agaaainnnn!

  90. A Diamond Crown
    January 27, 2013

    Do you want the Black Diamond for king? OF course who jah bless no one curse. Congrats to the Black Diamond you made it. Thats a life lesson for the youths, when you fall down get up brush the bruises and try again… Congratulations to all other calypsonians who made it but alas you have to work very hard to grab that crown from Dice….. de boy good but he is beatable. Hunter slow down your second song and you are a strong contender whle Caressa has two very good composition… Electra better luck next tme.

  91. pong
    January 27, 2013

    through the years from the glory days of scrunter, he needs a writer because HE gets worst every year. i wonder if they paid him to sing that crappy sound which resulted in BOO’S

  92. waps
    January 27, 2013

    y is it that web and bob must go through in finals? is there an intimacy between them and the judges give someone else a chance man.

  93. January 27, 2013

    how daddy chess make it?

  94. January 27, 2013

    I hope they all have good second songs because I have a strong feeling It’s going to be “Dice again”.

  95. Injustice
    January 27, 2013

    Why couldnt Electra get a place? Well I am not going to the park and pay $70 to see Dice get another crown, A joke dat!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Joke dat
      January 27, 2013

      U really thought Electra was going win the crown man?!! A joke dat man!!

  96. wortless
    January 27, 2013

    chupessssssss

  97. Anonymous
    January 27, 2013

    Know competition for my king at all. DICE again for 2013

  98. street side
    January 27, 2013

    Congrats to those who made it through the Finals.

    Also Congrats to the Crowd on their Response when
    Scrunter Sang..Hats off you all you..

    Your Response made a mark that This Guy should Simple.
    CAll IT A DAY!…HE IS A EXPIRED PERIOD!

    Veterans should always leave their field of work On a High or level Note!

  99. January 27, 2013

    DICE AGAIN what an easy victory, There is no competition this year but we will not be complicent

  100. Listener
    January 27, 2013

    Opps i almost forget,Ras kelly dont forget your song :oops:

  101. Listener
    January 27, 2013

    I feel kind of offballance this yrar having no female in the finals,i was looking forward to seeing Elektra she had something i thot that was final material but didnt make it ,dont be discourage come again next year .

  102. DESIE
    January 27, 2013

    rasta running tings

  103. barbee
    January 27, 2013

    My top 3: Dice, Black diamond, Daddy Chess

  104. Calypso
    January 27, 2013

    I know calypso very well and the juges got this so wrong it is not funny. As a calypso fan and a former judge and a good analyst my nine would be , Scrunter, Beno, Lady Star,Rachael,Explosion,Sye, Shadow flow,Bobb. Remember I was a former judge and a good calypso analyst and I love calypso.

    • "O" STRESS"
      January 27, 2013

      Thanks for the humour, you`re so riht you know Calipso very well so spelling is not your fault. But you`ve made your point. Only in D/CA.

    • Chicka
      January 27, 2013

      Maybe u were one of those judges that would take the crop instead of the cream.

    • Looking in
      January 27, 2013

      That’s why you are ‘former’.

    • Observer
      January 27, 2013

      Tell me you just being sarcastic! lol

    • Not a herd follower
      January 27, 2013

      Hahahahahah! :-D

    • true dominican
      January 27, 2013

      you can’t be serious…..scrunter??????? Joke you making….lmao

    • devideomaker
      January 27, 2013

      aa u were on mars man.. Scrunter you say wi.. but what I hearing there nah..

    • Gigg-la
      January 27, 2013

      If u put scrunter in your nine u were a very poor judge thanks god they saw u were not capable of good judging and withdraw your service

    • Just saying
      January 27, 2013

      With that nine, you are not telling the truth. If you actually were ever a judge and understood the art form your list would be completely different.

    • Anonymous
      January 28, 2013

      Oh yeah! So u have a monopoly on what is a good calypso? The judges did a fairly good job as far as I’m concerned.

    • hmmm
      January 28, 2013

      lol

    • Calypso Lover
      January 28, 2013

      I can see why you are a FORMER judge…. If that’s you line up, please remain in the past

    • souplay
      January 28, 2013

      And the last time you judge you had Mighty Koshonie as king. your comment just embarrassed you and question why you were a judge. SMH!!!! Judge my……

    • Captioned
      January 28, 2013

      Thank god you are no longer a judge. The finals would be one big BORING MESS

  105. 123
    January 27, 2013

    I personally don’t think female voices go with calypso anyway. Is it compulsory to have a woman in the finals every year? No its who performed the best so if the women were not good enough then so be it

    • Mamizoo
      January 27, 2013

      Really. That is a ignorant and primitive disposition.

    • Not a herd follower
      January 27, 2013

      You do not know what you talking about. Have you heard the voice of Singing Sandra? Claypso Rose?

    • Pas Las
      January 28, 2013

      You’re a half idiot. WTH does their sex have ot do with singing calypso? smh.

      • Pas Las
        January 28, 2013

        “to”

  106. Pedro
    January 27, 2013

    Thanks to DNO for the usual prompt coverage. Admin: Can we get a caption so we know who is represented by each pic? Thanks

  107. mango temptation
    January 27, 2013

    good luck to them all wish themall best! My eyes is on black diamond. love to see when young men take part in positive activities rather than drugs and violence.

  108. January 27, 2013

    well done Judges. It was tough.

  109. Sandy
    January 27, 2013

    Congratulations to all the finalist. And am very happy that ghetto prince made it. Very positive song. Great message from the ghetto prince. Do hope that the young people take hide.

  110. Anonymous
    January 27, 2013

    Booooooooooooo

    lol

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