De Unexpected pulls an “Expected” win at Best of the Rest

The competition, which was absent from the Carnival calendar for several seasons was resuscitated on Tuesday night as 10 of this year’s eliminated calypsonians from the Senior Calypso Competition went head to head for a shot at calypso title.

The small crowd was seen at times jumping and gyrating to the lyrics and beats of the calypsonians.

Being the fifth out of 10 competitors, Clement ‘De Unexpected’ Gordon, known for his impromptu, hard-hitting and witty lyrics, captivated a small crowd of Calypso lovers with his song “Rum Shop Melee”.

‘Rum Shop Melee’ told the story of a man who is in a ‘rum shop’ consumes alcohol and begins to sing several calypso tunes that were politically bashing several politicians.

Unexpected during his performance told his Kaiso mesmerized audience that the owner of the bar becomes annoyed by the ‘drunken singer’s lyrics and tells him to leave, but, the other persons in the bar encouraged him to ‘sing on’.

Although the winner was unreachable for a comment on his win, several spectators told that it was a great pleasure to see the “De Unexpected” back in the Calypso arena after being out for a year.

“There is no calypsonian that does what he does. The guy goes onstage, under the influence of alcohol and delivers an unforgettable performance, without rehearsals or anything,” the spectator said.

Unexpected won the competition with a total of 208 points, while Honesty with his song called ‘Chickungunya’ copped second place with 204 points. Singing Jennifer, the only female in the competition, settled for third place with 198 with ‘Reflection of the old days’.

The other performers in this year’s competition were La La, Lord Matt, Pa-u-la, Watusi, Rock-A-Fella, Lucious, and Hot Rod.




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