In front of a fair sized crowd at 17 Degrees on Thursday 20th December, Honesty was able to defeat seven other tough competitors to be crowned the new MiyVue.com/ZIZ King of the Tents.
As is the custom since the contest was first launched on 23rd December, 2010, it was the public, those in attendance at the actual competition, and those viewing online and listening via the live radio broadcast, who voted to determine which of the finalists should be crowned king. There was no official panel of judges as is the case with other traditional calypso competitions.
In the end the public in very large numbers, voted in favour of King Honesty who amassed some 441 votes via text messages and 247 votes via the online poll on MiyVue.com; while his nearest rival, First Runner-up, King Rock-a-Fella trailed in second spot with 186 text votes and only 8 online votes; Second Runner-up was De Unexpected with 84 text votes and 51 online votes.
King Rock-a-fella was the defending king while Unexpected won the crown in 2010 when the first contest was hosted.
The other competitors were Lala, Aba Lively, Little Willy, Lord Matt, and Persuader.
Not all in the audience however, were in favour of the results, with some suggesting that Unexpected should have been the successful candidate, though the performance by Honesty was credible and though this is the same format of judging that gave the crown in the past to both Rock and Unexpected.
Organizers have however already indicated, that for next year’s contest, some modifications to the judging system will be introduced, but it will remain in the hands of the public to determine the winner.
They hastened to add though that there will still be some element of both online and text voting. No clear indication was however provided to explain exactly what the new measures would include. They said that it is very unlikely that the contest would resort to formal judges at any time soon.
The packed side show featured top local calypsonians as guest artistes including Forest, Godfrey, Trashrow, Shango, Pa-u-la, Takeover and Pungwa.
The musical accompaniment was provided by the Grand Masters Band. The contest was jointly promoted and hosted by two media organizations, MiyVue.com, an online news publication, and ZIZ, which is the oldest media organization in St. Kitts and Nevis, operating radio and television, as well as online news services.