By Monique Washington
Five crowns have been handed out so far to Culturama 42, one participant made history by receiving his fourth consecutive win in his competition. Culturama 42 is held under the theme “Celebrating the Old, Showcasing the New Culturama 42.”
The Culturama Mr. and Miss Youth, Mr. Kool, Ms. Swimwear and Junior Kaiso has been named.
On Sunday, youths opened Culturama 42 with the first sets of competition in the Mr. and Miss Youth Pageant and the Junior Kaiso monarch held at the Cultural Complex. The show, which started an hour-and-a-half late, had a large crowd of viewers. Eight schools went head-to-head in five judged segments: Fanfare, for the first time a judged segment; Promotional Speech; Sponsors Creative Wear; Talent; and Promotional Wear.
At the end of the evening, Odecia Edwards ad Amadi Byron Hendrickson of Nevis Academy emerged victorious, winning Best Talent and Best Promotional speech, First Runner-up St. Thomas’ Sidondre Flemming and Tershean Wilkinson captured Best Creative Wear and Best Promotional Wear categories; Second Runner-up was Elizabeth Pemberton Primary’s Shade Bridgeman and T’najae Lawrence; and Third Runner-up was Maude Crosse Preparatory’s Celina Brown and Hrishikesh Srinivasan.
Competition for the Junior Kaiso Monarch was held the same night with five participants set to dethrone three-time winner 16-year-old King Mighty Sookie (Shomari Mitchell), but they fell short. King Sookie defended his crown for the fourth consecutive year. First Runner-up was Invincible(TerronWebbe) and Second Runner-up Prince Akedo (AkedoNisbett).
On Tuesday, the first set of senior pageants took place at the Cultural Complex. Five Miss Swimwear contestants and four Mr. Kool participants vied for their crown.
Merv Ann Thompson, Nicola Clarke, Kyla Morton, Kimiko Liburd and Sharieze Belle walked in a three-judge segment show for One-piece Swimwear, Two-piece Swimwear and Creative Swimwear. At the end of the night, Kyla Morton swept the competition by capturing all three judged segments, as well as the most photogenic and the most popular. First Runner-up was Merv Ann Thompson and Second Runner -up was Nicola Clarke.
The four men in the Mr. Kool competition also strutted on the Cultural Complex stage in their competition.
At the end of the night DeSly Hamilton captured three out of four segments, Best Beach Wear, Best Talent, Best GQ Wear and captured the Mr. Kool crown. Denville Francis placed First Runner-up, winning Best Interview.
Monique Jeffers, Shenroy Joseph also competed in four judge segment Beachwear, Talent, GQ wear and Interview.
Two more major shows remain, the Senior Kasio Monarch, which will be held on Friday at the Cultural Complex at 8 p.m. Seven Calypsonians (Dis and Dat , Hollywood, Erwin, Enforcer, Daddy Nature, Nutsy and Pupa Wheller) will seek to dethrone reigning Kasio King Astro.
On Sunday four young women, Phillichar Hobson, Clayticia Daniel, Xarriah Brown, and Perla Gumbs will vie for the Miss Culture Crown.
The Cultural Food Fair will be held on Saturday at Pinney’s from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and then on Monday Jouvert will following the Herbert Beach Affair and on Tuesday Culturama ends with the Cultural Street Parade.