Participants in the Battle of the Future International #5 Junior Calypso Competition with, from left: Julisca Roosberg (Aruba), Janon Gail and Anna Lynch (both Anguilla) and winner Vernisha Robinson (Saba).
Cu13E: Winner Vernisha Robinson performing on stage at Carnival City with One Blood band from Saba and back-up dancers.
- EUSTATIUS–Saba’s Vernisha Robinson emerged victorious in the Battle of the Future International #5 Junior Calypso Competition, which took place Friday night at Mike van Putten Youth Centre/Carnival City in St. Eustatius.
Contestants from Saba, Anguilla and Aruba took part in the competition in which Statia was not represented. Besides the winner, Julisca Roosberg (Aruba), Janon Gail and Anna Lynch (both Anguilla) took part in the competition, which was monitored by Master of Ceremonies Leoncio “the Man Private” Lopes.
Robinson won this year’s competition with her song “Solid As A Rock,” which she performed on stage accompanied by One Blood band from Saba. She won the grand prize of US $2,000 with 319 points.
Roosberg, who was the first runner-up with 277 points, received $500; second runner-up was Gail with 247 points who received $250, and Lynch ended as third runner-up with 241 points and received $100. All participants received a trophy and medal for participating in the competition.
Saba fans came to Statia in force to support Robinson in the competition, which was judged by Roland Webster (Anguilla) Azem Bailey (St. Kitts) and Dion “Mega D” Humphreys (Statia).
The night also featured performances from Dejour from St. Kitts, the Afro-Caribbean Dancers from Nevis and local bands D’Vybzz and Turbulanzz. The winner of Battle of the Future #4 Drejean “Master Blaster Jr.” Canwood from Statia also performed his winning hit during the show.