The competition was fierce Friday night during the Crucian Christmas Festival Annual Calypso Elimination Contest in Frederiksted's Paul E. Joseph Statium, where 16 contestants vied for the opportunity to compete against the reigning Monarch Samuel "Mighty Pat" Ferdinand. The best ten will go on to the Calypso Finals on January 1, 2004. (See Crucian Christmas Festival 2004 events guide".)
The sparse crowd did not deter the enthusiasm of the contestants who used wit, colorful language and more than a little social and political commentary in their lyrics. As the crowd moved to the beat, the singers told stories denouncing the actions of the government and the legislature. Dressed in glitter and sparkles the calypsonians sang about tax hikes, casino gambling, the lack of tourism on St. Croix and youth violence.
The contestants were judged on lyrics, clarity, presentation, originality and rendition.
The top 10 finishers were Campbell "King Kan" Barnes, John "Mighty John" Williams, Lestroy "Happy" James, Morris"King Gerenic" Benjamin,
Allan " King Herring" Clarke, Kasaun "K-Force" Baptiste, Patricia "Pepper Pat" Mirris, Gemma "Gemma" Noel, Clement "General B" Chiverton, and Emanuel "Prince Emanuel" Henry.
Other Competitors were Ann "Lady Ann" Sorhaindo, Peter " King Paul" Polius, Joseph "Joey B" Brown, Lariel "The Teacher" Gerard, James "Monarch" Wakefield, and John "Cheech-Man" Warner.
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