It was a long and drawn out event that started since the night before, (Saturday 17th), but it had its challenges, some of which were related to intermittent showers that caused disruptions.
Organizers must have also been very disappointed with the paltry crowd support, with less than two hundred people. Perhaps, some of that was related to the entrance fee of EC$30.00 and the fact that carnival lovers are carefully budgeting this year, given the extremely difficult economic situation in the island.
However, on stage, Anastasia was not bothered by these circumstances, as she amassed a total of 242 points, with the
winning rendition, “I love Kaiso”.
There was a tie for First Runner-up when the judges eliminated the highest and lowest scores, but in order to break the tie, they had to re-insert those scores, thereby resulting in the position being granted to first time contender, Gloria Esdaille, known in calypso circles now as, “Queeny G”. She was eventually awarded 391 points.
The Second Runner-up position therefore went to Singing Jackie, a former winner, with 389 points. Jackie and Queeny G have had a long relationship, with Jackie serving as
Queeny G’s chaperon when she entered beauty queen pageants. Queeny G is actually a former National Carnival Queen, from 1996-1997.
Jackie is one of the most experienced of the lot having won on about four occasions. Anastasia has joined her father, (Socrates who has won five Senior Calypso Monarch titles), in being amongst the leading winners in their respective fields. The win Sunday morning makes it five for Anastasia in the Female Calypso Contest.
Lady Diva secured the Third Runner-up position.
There were ten calypsonians in the contest.