Those selected this year are Aba Lively, Lala, Honesty, Lord Matt, Persuader, Lil Willy, Rock-a-Fellow and De Unexpected. Each calypsonian will be required to sing just one song. Similar to previous years, the winners will be determined by members of the public who will be invited to vote online at MiyVue.com and also to text for their favourite calypsonian.
This year, the prize money has been increased for the winners. The King will receive EC$2,500; First Runner-up EC$1,500 and: Second Runner-up EC$1,000. Most of the prize money has been donated by local jeweller, Mr. Carlton Dupont of Dupont’s Jewellery.
Other prizes for the participants will be offered by other sponsors including LIME.
For calypso fans locally and overseas, the event will be streamed live with video on zizonline.com. In addition, live radio broadcast is expected on ZIZ radio.
This is the third year of the competition, which was won in 2010 by De Unexpected while the 2011 crown was secured by King Rock-a-fellow, who has already issued a challenge to other contenders hoping to defeat him. Rock said he will not be easy to defeat so the Unexpected and the others would have to come with their best.
The show is also expected to feature, as guest artistes, some of the top calypsonians who will be competing in the Senior Calypso Monarch Competition.
Music for the night will be provided by the Grand Masters Band.