US-based Dominican calypsonian, Sandy, who had been allowed by the Dominica Calypso Association (DCA) to move straight into 2014 calypso quarter final, has pulled out of the competition.
Sandy’s manager, Alex Bruno told Dominica News Online (DNO) on Sunday morning, “She is making plans to leave the country as we speak.”
When asked whether her decision to withdraw was as a result of the negative attention she received because of the controversy which erupted in the wake of the DCA decision, Bruno answered, “Yes, you are correct.”
The decision to allow Sandy to move straight into the quarter final without going through the eliminations was questioned by the reigning calypso monarch, King Dice, who pointed out that he was not afforded similar treatment some years ago when he returned to the competition after a year’s absence. He was monarch when he took a break from competition.
According to the DCA’s president, Derrick “De Hunter” St. Rose, Sandy was allowed to by-pass the eliminations, taking into consideration that she’s based in the United States and it’s expensive to travel back and forth to all the competition rounds and also taking into account that she placed 1st runner-up in the competition a few years ago.
DNO was informed that Sandy’s decision has been conveyed to the DCA. However, when executive member of the association, Daryl Bobb, was contacted for confirmation, he stated, “We will contact you in due course when everything is finalized.”
Bobb also revealed to DNO that former QTS winner and rising calypsonian, Rachel, who made it to the calypso final in 2013, will not be competing this year due to a work-related matter.
This development means that there are now openings for two of the three reserve calypsonians who were selected at the eliminations. The first opportunity was presented with the absence of 2013 finalist, Karessa, who is now studying in Australia.
The three reserves are: JD, Sugar S and Alisha.
The twelve who secured their spot in the quarter final: Young Bull, Wave, Trendsetter, Triumph, Chris B, Leona, Observer, Checko, Booplé, Beetle J, Man Himself and Lugars.
They will go on to meet last year’s twenty semi finalists in the quarter final which is carded for February 1.