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NEWCOMER to the competition Shaki-K looks to be one of two singers from the House Of Soca calypso tent likely to advance to the Pic-O-De-Crop semi-finals.The reigning Barbados Workers Union Calypso Champ got encores for both Help Me and Fight Back when the cast appeared before the Pic-O-De-Crop and Party Monarch judges at Queen’s College last Sunday night.Continuing with the abuse theme from last year, Shaki-K is in victim mode once again. Help Me is very reminiscent of Don’t Tell Nobody, which  helped her to the BWU title and third in the 13 to 18 category of last year’s Junior Monarch competition.The teenager does a convincing job of the victim though; and she was in good voice. If the judges can erase last year’s image from their minds, she should be in the 18.In Fight Back, she is encouraging victims of domestic abuse to go down fighting rather than taking what is dished out to them.The other possibility is with Sir Ruel, who placed fourth in last year’s final. He got an encore for Earthquake, in which he likens the ills in society to the shaking of a quake. Earthquake is coupled with We Are De Yout, which was judged in both categories.Jimmy Dan was in fine voice for Come Together and We Got De Power as well, and if it were left up to fans he would be in the semifinals as well. They rewarded him with encores for both.A strong performance came from Popsicle, who thrilled fans with Pic-O-De-Crop and Party Monarch contender Eric Jerome Dickey. The encore that followed was a foregone conclusion.Kutrite brought down the house with party number Household and got himself an encore in the process. Also earning an encore on the night was Linskee with Tax Man. The elder in the crowd Gregory G did not make a great impression with either Don’t Pull De Country Down or De Battery.Tall Boy, Hanif, Winta, Danielle, Young G, Capone, Mooney General, Rusty and the flexible Lady Essence also contributed to the package.MC Yolanda Holder and her assistant Runner did a good job of keeping the show flowing and filling the spaces while they waited for the judges to indicate when they were ready to hear the singers. (YB)
FORMER Junior Monarch Sir Ruel (right) continues to improve.At left, Shaki-K looks to be one headed for the National Stadium.(Pictures by Nigel Browne.)


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