Controversial calypsonian Cro Cro (Weston Rawlins) has failed to make into the semi-finals of this year’s Calypso Monarch competition.
The four-time monarch was notably missing from the list of 40-semifinalists released yesterday the Trinbago Unified Calypsonians’ Organisation (TUCO) who will compete in Calypso Fiesta at Skinner Park, San Fernando, next Saturday.
Rawlins, a co-ordinator with the state-run Community-based Environmental Protection and Enhancement Programme (CEPEP), was recently suspended from the programme after a short video clip of him using obscene language towards a fellow motorist went was widely circulated on social media.
Several former National Calypso Monarchs have made it to the next round of the competition including: Chalkdust (Hollis Liverpool), Devon Seale, Duane O’Connor, Karene Asche, Kurt Allen, Chucky (Roderick Gordon) and Sugar Aloes (Michael Osouna).
National Carnival Commission (NCC) chairman Gypsy (Winston Peters), who won the title in 1997, is also among the 40 challengers vying for the chance compete against reigning monarch Helon Francis.
This will be the first year that the finals of the annual competition will be held outside of the Dimanche Gras show on Carnival Sunday night. Instead, it will be TUCO’s Kaisorama on Terrific Thursday at the Grand Stand, Queen’s Park Savannah.
TUCO also announced the 15 finalists in the National Junior Calypso Monarch finals to be held the Queen’s Park Savannah next Monday. The reigning monarch is O’Connor’s son, Duane Ta’zyar O’Connor.
Calypso Monarch semi-finalists:
1. Addelon “Banjela” Braveboy- Bring It Back
2. Alana Sinnette-Khan - Pressure Does Buss Pipe
3. Alex “Tobago Chalkie” Gift - Travel Advisory
4. Alicia Richards - Isreal’s Concern
5. Allison “Warrior Empress” Bernard - The You In You
6. Anthony “Allrounder” Hendrickson - Where Are The Footprints
7. Brian London - Who To Call
8. Darwren “Pharoah” Greenidge - Formula
9. Devon Seale - Two Face
10. Dexter “The Stinger” Parsons - Spanish Food
11. Duane O’Connor - Respect
12. Erphaan Alves - I Am
13. Heather MacIntosh - Take Over
14. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool - They Put Meh So
15. Jelanie Wells - Ah Tipping
16. Jerrisha Duncan-Regis - Big Fat Zero
17. Joanne “Tigress” Rowley - Who Feels It Knows It
18. Karen Eccles Thomas - She Still Have To Wait
19. Karene Asche - Loco and Broco
20. Kerine “Tiny” Williams-Figaro - Slipping Away
21. Kurt “The Last Bad John of Calypso” Allen - Wha Yuh Say?
22. Kyle “KC” Cowie - The Bigger Picture
23. Lesley Ann Ellis -Yuh Wanna Fight
24. Maria Bhola - False Alarm
25. Mark Eastman - Calypso Killers
26. Michael “Sugar Aloes’ Osouna - Super G
27. Natasha “Sexy Suzie” Nurse - The Wrong Name
28. Robert “Mighty Trini” Elias - 101 Percent
29. Roderick “Chucky” Gordon - El Muro (The Wall)
30. Roger “Bodyguard” Mohammed - Barefoot
31. Ronaldo London - Man’s Imagination
32. Selvon “Mistah Shak” Noel - J’ouvert Demons
33. Sheldon “Sheldon Nugget” Bullen - Celebrate Them
34. Sheldon Reid - Wey Meh Trinidad
35. Stacey Sobers - Make T&T Great Again
36. Tamika Darius - Oil Cyah Spoil
37. Tammico “Spicey” Moore - De Crown
38. Terri Lyons - Woman
39. Victoria “Queen Victoria” Cooper-Rahim -Suspect Band
40. Winston “Gypsy” Peters -When Elephants Fight
1. Shirlane Hendrickson - Post and Position
2. Myron “Incredible Myron B” Bruce - The Rasta In Rasta City