ROYALTY IN ACTION: Newly-crowned Calypso Monarch Roderick "Chucky" Gordon sings out during his rendition of "Wedding Of De Century" at the Dimanche Gras at the Queen's Park Savannah, on Sunday. - Photo: DONSTAN BONN

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Chucky is 2014 Calypso Monarch

By Donstan Bonn

Roderick "Chucky" Gordon is the new Calypso Monarch of Trinidad and Tobago.

He won the title from Kurt Allen and Selvon "Mistah Shak" Noel, in that order, at the Dimanche Gras at the Queen's Park Savannah in Port of Spain, on Sunday.

Singing in position eight, the reigning Independence Calypso Monarch delivered two well-received renditions of "Wey Yuh Think" and "Wedding Of De Century" to wrest the crown from Eric "Pink Panther" Taylor, who placed eleventh.

At the tail end of his delivery of "Wedding", a song depicting the marriage between soca and chutney, Chucky brought on stage Drupatee Ramgoonai, Ray Holman and Superblue, who he introduced as the iconic representatives of chutney, pan and soca, respectively.

Allen, who sang "Sweet Sizzling Summer" and "The Lost Psalm Of King David", also had two crowd-pleasing performances, but they were not enough to prevent the bard referred to as 'The Last Badjohn of Calypso' from being third-time unlucky in having to settle for the runner-up position for the third consecutive year.

Noel was equally good in his delivery of "Bois" and "Crime Round De Clock".

The level of the competition was at a very high standard with Brian London (5th), Victoria "Queen Victoria" Cooper (6th) and Dr Hollis "Chalkdust" Liverpool (4th), all delivering strong performances.

The first, second and third received cash prizes of $1,000,000, $500,000 and $250,000, respectively.

One of the evening's highlights was a guest appearance by Dr Slinger Francisco.

The "Birdie", as he's affectionately called, did a spirited medley of past hits "Jean & Dinah", "The Lizard", "Melda" and "Drunk and Disorderly", to which patrons applauded lustily in appreciation.
 

Results

1. Roderick "Chucky" Gordon - 'Wey Yuh Think"/"Wedding Of De Century"

2. Kurt Allen - "Sweet Sizzling Summer"/"The Lost Psalm Of King David"

3. Selvon "Mistah Shak" Noel - "Bois"/"Crime Round De Clock"

4. Hollis "Chalkdust" Liverpool - "Ah Miss De Bards"/"De Guest List"

5. Brian London - "The Heart Of A Warrior"/"Call Dem Out"

6. Victoria "Queen Victoria" Cooper - "Political Love Affair"/"Congo Warrior"

7. Alana Sinnette - "Sea Lots"/"And Calling It Rain"

8. Weston "Cro Cro" Rawlins - "Pious, Poor But Proud"/"Goodness Delayed"

9. Carlos "Skatie" James - "Calypso Woman"/"Jack And Jill"

10. Myron "The Incredible Myron B" Bruce - "One More Sip"/"First Black Prime Minister"

11. Eric "Pink Panther" Taylor - "De Richest Man"/"Not Tonight"

12. Roger "Bodyguard" Mohammed - "Aloes Vendor"/"False Papers"

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