The Professor on The St.Lucia Carnival Queen Show

This year, I have not been captivated with St.Lucian Carnival, like I was last year.  With less than one week till St.Lucia Carnival 2009, I have not listened to the music or watched any of the online streamed live events. I would like to blame it on a hectic schedule with my relocation from Vermont to Washington D.C , but I honestly can't.   

So yesterday's queen show, got no attention from me either. Instead, I went to a friend's summer barbecue!  Since I've encouraged S7 fans to comment on how St.Lucia Carnival can be improved, when my friend, Professor posted this message in The Sweet 7 chat box, I felt he needed his own stage.

The Professor on The St.Lucia Carnival Queen Show 2009.  
I was disappointed in the St.Lucia Carnival Queen show 2009 on many levels, for starters it was too long, I really don't think it necessary to host a 5 hour queen show especially on a Sunday night. I was sitting in the comfort of my home where I could go back & forth & I was exhausted & frustrated so I can well imagine the patrons sitting in those not as comfortable seats & not having the luxury to move about as they please. Isn't queen show traditionally held on a Friday night?  Anyways, why would they have to move calypso semi finals from last Sunday afternoon like it should have been to this past Friday night in the day & time slot that traditionally belongs to queen show?

Then I had issue with the stage setup & lighting, way to simple for the nature of the show, queen show in my opinion is supposed to exude grace, class & elegance & there was none of that in the stage setup. Then the lights would always be down so most of the time I was staring at a dark screen.

The emceeing left much to be desired as well, unprofessional ... rather unfitting of the nature of the show at times. Those crude jokes of Izi's don't cut it in a pageant setting in my opinion. At one point I remember the female emcee had to try and reign him in between the interview segment cause he wanted to crack some kind of adult rated joke with an audience member. Common now not at the queen show level of competition, save that for the tents.

I honestly think skits on a whole should be banned for the next.  The contestants & their teams need to start thinking outside the box.  Further more I can't take the screeching & screaming that usually comes with those skits, geez enough already!

Another thing to be banned are those craft project dresses & the hour long descriptions of them.  One dress can't mean so much & have so much to say that the contestant is pacing the stage for a good 15 minutes in a dress that no one would ever be caught dead wearing anywhere.  There's a costume segment for that type of "creative expression". The dress doesn't have to have a story behind it, give that up.

Speaking of costumes, I'm not sure why this decision was taken but everyone wore nothing more than front-line pieces from the different bands, personally I expect a lil' more from the costume segment of the show, it leaves something to look forward to but not when all I'm seeing is Red's import from Spice & Toxik's import from Pulse 8.  Have we no costume designers for queen show either?

To add insult to injury we even knocking off Faye-Ann's Heavy T Bumpa dance routine, outfits & all, like we have no music of our own to dance to & no choreographers to put together a stellar routine. Also why were we subjected to listening to a rendition of Beyonce's Halo & foreign reggae? Not like I'd hear our stuff being done at an American or Jamaican pageant so why are we doing their stuff at ours?

I don't understand why it took the judges almost an hr to tabulate scores. What's there to discuss? Get out a calculator, throw out the highest & lowest score in each category, add up the rest & issue the results. That's a 5 to 10 minute procedure at most.

Then I’ve never seen a more ridiculous method of picking questions, a number of times the emcee was even confused what numbers were gone & which were left, doesn't take a rocket scientist to put numbers in a bowl & let the girls dip. Heck they could've used one of the bowls the judges had their candle in to see cause they kept turning off the lights on stage, to put the numbers in.

Nerves aside, let's be honest at least 5 or 6 out of the 8 responses could best be categorized as crap. The girls did not give a good account of themselves in that department albeit the questions were some of the worst that I've heard in any competition in forever.

All in all a serious revamp is necessary before we can even put that show back on live stream for the world to see cause geez what a shame!

Professor, let's hope somebody pays attention!

10 comments

  1. I REALLY DO HOPE THAT SOMETHING BE DONE TO REMEDY THIS SHOW AS WELL CAUSE IT SEEMS TO BE GOING DOWNHILL YR AFTER YR. CAN'T REMEMBER THE LAST QUEEN SHOW THAT WAS WORTH 2 THUMBS UP.
    I AGREE WITH YOU ALSO THAT THE SEASON SEEMS RATHER DULL THIS YR. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT I DIDN'T EVEN CARE TO TUNE INTO THE GROOVY OR POWER SOCA MONARCH COMPETITIONS. THE MUSIC THIS YR SEEMS LACKING. ALMOST SEEMS LIKE WE PEAKED IN 2007 & HAVE BEEN ON A DECLINE SINCE. SO MANY OF OUR TOP PERFORMERS HAVE YET TO RELEASE MORE THAN 1 OR 2 TRACKS FOR THE SEASON & CARNIVAL IS ALREADY HERE. KINDA LIKE THEY'RE NOT EVEN ENTHUSED. VINCY SOCA IS RUNNING CIRCLES ROUND US THIS YR, WE'RE SO FAR BEHIND IN THE SUMMER CARNIVAL SOCA RELEASES IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY.
    ON A SIDE NOTE I THINK WITH THE GROOVY & POWER SOCA MONARCHS THEY SHOULD CONSIDER MAKING THEM 1 SHOW CAUSE AS IS BOTH SHOWS HAVE 20 COMPETITORS HALF OF WHICH NOBODY CARES TO SEE. SERIOUSLY LET'S BE HONEST HERE. SO I SAY YOU GET THE TOP 10 GROOVY SOCA & TOP 10 POWER SOCA PERFORMERS & PUT THEM ON 1 SHOW. YOU'RE GUARANTEED TO HAVE A SHOW PATRONS WILL ENJOY FROM START TO FINISH.

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  2. bravo professor!!!!!!!!! this should be copied to the star's newspaper in the letters section....and also to cdf and watever carnival comittee there is. i was so worried about 'reaching' deh late when i logged on @ 7. but i was informed dat it just started. den dey had this mj tribute...um no comment.

    and so my i.e. kept crashing whenever i logged on to p.a tv so i only saw bits and peices.

    the chatroom was left to be desired....or is it always like that?? nyree, i think the chatters would have a better time if p.a. broadcasted the barbeque u went to. den 1 of the girls w/ her skit screaming like she having sum broke down orgasm....good lord. and they were nun special about the pan one of the girls played. but the dance that the girl w/ the gap in the teeth did was nice to me. nevertheless, kudos to the girls giving their all in the show...not every1 have the courage to showcase themselves like they did.

    but 1 thing that i wasnt impressed w/ the most was the reggae. (was that really cecile?) like seriously, in carnival??? not even bachannal jca u hearing dat!

    i myself not feeling the carnival spirit this year. how i no, for 1 im not envious of the masqueraders, and 2; ask me the songs of the season. i always have a personal belief that every even year is better than the odd yr. in 06 i experienced carnival in slu for the first time which really pumped me up for 07 but that yr ended being s***z for personal reasons...08 was the revamped, elevation, new found confidence of lucian mas and 09 is well....maybe the prettiest and most outrageous costumes/bands may be displayed but the vibez eh reaching me at all. hopefully C2KX will be a diff story and would prove my theory ryt.

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  3. Very good piece, the only thing I can add was that the costumes were mediocre due to the fact that they were not being judged and I guess the bands didn't want to spend alot on money for production of a costume that would not be judged.

    All in all the show was wack, I swear the bickering in the chat-room was more entertaining than the show itself and that says alot.

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  4. I WANNA ECHO YOUR SENTIMENTS NICKY & SAY KUDOS TO THE GIRLS CAUSE IT TRULY IS A FEAT OF COURAGE TO STEP OUT THERE LIKE THAT & CONGRATS TO THE WINNER. IT'S EASY FOR US TO SIT BACK & PICK APART THE SHOW BUT THEY'RE THE ONES IN THE HOT SEAT BEING SUBJECTED TO WEARING THOSE ATROCITIES, RE-ENACTING SKITS & EVERYTHING ELSE THAT THEIR SPONSORS & CHAPERONS ADVISE THEM TO.
    NO COMMENTS ON SOME OF THE BEHAVIOR IN THE PA TV CHAT ROOM EITHER, I KNOW SOME PERSONS ARE JUST TRYING TO HAVE FUN & IT'S PROBABLY NOT MEANT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY BUT I JUST FOUND THAT THE LANGUAGE WAS JUST A LIL TOO UNNECESSARILY COLORFUL @ TIMES. WE CAN JOKE & CRITICIZE & WHAT NOT WITHOUT BEING CRUDE & OFFENSIVE. BUT HEY C'EST LA VIE.
    I'M WELL AWARE THAT SOME MAY READ MY COMMENTS & BE LIKE OH BOY HERE WE GO, LUCIANS ALWAYS CRITICIZING SOMETHING & NEVER TRYING TO OFFER ANY SOLUTIONS. UNLIKE SOME WHO OFFER CRITICISM, CONSTRUCTIVE OR OTHERWISE, I'D ACTUALLY RELISH THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP BE PART OF THE SOLUTION CAUSE IT'D GIVE ME NO GREATER PLEASURE THAN FOR US TO OFFER AN ALL AROUND CARNIVAL PRODUCT THAT WE CAN BOAST THE WORLD OVER. BUT IT'S NOT THE EASIEST THING TRYING TO BRING ABOUT CHANGE ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU HAVE PERSONS WHO'VE BEEN @ THE HEAD FOR SO LONG & THINK THAT THEY HAVE A WINNING PRODUCT & FORMULA WHILE WE WATCH IN AWE & SHAME @ A MEDIOCRE SPECTACLE. HOW RECEPTIVE ARE THESE ORGANIZERS & OFFICIALS TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC SUGGESTIONS WHEN YOU HAVE INSTANCES LIKE THIS YEARS BEST DRESS WINNER CLEARLY WINNING CAUSE HER DRESS WAS DESIGNED BY SHAZI & EVOKED SOME KINDA CULTURAL INSPIRATION. NEVER MIND THE FACT THAT THE DRESS WAS DROP DEAD UGLY & THE PERSON READING THE DESCRIPTION KEPT SCREECHING OUT LA WEN KREYOL. I'D LIKE TO SEE ANYONE WHO DISAGREES THAT DRESS WAS UGLY WEAR IT OUT IN PUBLIC LOL. SO REVAMPING MAY NOT BE ALL THAT EASY & NO I'M NOT JUST BASHING, IT'S CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM IN THE HOPES THAT THOSE RESPONSIBLE WOULD MAKE AN EFFORT TO REMEDY SOME OF THE COMPLAINTS THAT NOT JUST MYSELF BUT OTHERS SHARE. I'M JUST VOICING MY OPINION & AGAIN I THANK NYREE FOR THE FORUM TO BE ABLE TO DO SO.
    & YES I'M TALKING TO YOU, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE LOL ... ALL THE BEST & THANK YOU NICKY, MELI & TUSS, GLAD TO KNOW I WASN'T THE ONLY 1 WHO FELT THE WAY I DID BOUT THIS SHOW IN PARTICULAR.

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  5. from all my time watching lucian canival queen shows, it has always been sum long tra-lala. is it necessary to have all those performances in between? or @ least save half of those for the intermission. the other half we dont need. if america can hold 1 pagent w/ more than 50 women in less than 3 hours, we can surely surpass this nonsense; 7 girls, 5 hours???? :|

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  6. As a former carnival queen (1984) I so agree with everything said here..This was the most mediocre queen show ever held and I quote you Professor that there was "no elegance or class" in the decor, the questions or the talents..None of those chaperons or queen show organizers seem to know wat talent means..you cannot give a contestant some washerwoman skit and call dat talent..gone are those days..the choice of questions were horrific..nothing uplifting or of substance and the poor girls fumbled which is a traditional thing at queen show..My gosh.Gregory Lorde's independence shows are kudos compared to this..Instead of training the girls how to eat with a knife & fork (etiquette they call it) why don't they train them in speech eloquence..As for the music, St Lucia produces so much talent yet the JA,TnT & American music is wat rules us at every show..We have the likes of Shane Ross, Boo Hinkson,Zionomi,Ricky T,Alpha,Tennyson Joseph and Christopher Hunte's music Talent show.."Tempest" has a host of R&B songs..AJ's music cud have been used for the swimsuit section..As for the judging when will 5-10mins ever produce results..waiting for results can produce another show by itself..imagine just to tally numbers..unless the whole carnival queen show committee is revamped our standard will only get worse..They need more training than the poor contestants who so bravely give their utmost with dresses and costumes they sometimes see for the first time 1 or 2 days before the show.. As for the MC's ..no regard for the high caliber show that Queen show is supposed to be..

    Although the music this year seems lacking, the musicians are doing a good job however.Maybe it's the "economy" everyone one seems to use dat excuse...lol..it takes money to produce and more money for their presentations and most of them don't get the financial sponsorship required..I wish them all better luck next year..

    Nicky I so agree with you on the fact USA has 50 girls and a 3hr show.We do not produce 10 but start at 8pm and finish at 2am..the majority of entertainment should be at intermission and the excessive waiting on judges for the results..

    Professor U need to send your article to the local newspapers in St.Lucia so it cud be seen by CDF..They have to see the comments from our counterparts overseas because carnival "part of our culture" is now on a decline and the standard is somewhat shameful..We need to respect all comments and take criticism in order to bring back our carnival culture to wat it used to be ...

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  7. IT'S GREAT TO HAVE THE PERSPECTIVE OF A FORMER QUEEN. IT'S JUST UNFORTUNATE THAT WE ALL HAD TO AGREE ON HOW DISAPPOINTED WE WERE IN THE SHOW.
    I'LL DEFINITELY BE TAKING YOUR ADVICE NICKY & ERENE & SUBMIT THE PIECE TO PAPERS BACK HOME TODAY.
    THANKS

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  8. tricia
    I do agree with most some of what you said,but for you to bring down new up coming artist was low.St.lucians need to support their own.

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  9. It's so cool to have a former queen commenting on this. Even though there are obvious cons, would you care to share more of your opinions on carnival queen shows today vs the 80s: ie resources that were available, the contestants' potential, etc.

    And I saw the pics of the costumes the girls wore today: now you know I'm in utter disgust. We already accepted the fact that we have to import costumes for carnival, however I thought the 1 thing that shall remain local are the elaborate costumes for queen show, & king/queen of the bands. Little skimpy costumes on display......are you serious???? Imagine I saw pix of the SJC Carnival pagent & the girls had more elaborate costumes than this. I'd like to know what mas band leaders think of this. Wam to the designers that usually do them?? This has got to be one of the worse carnival queen shows ever!!!

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  10. I DON'T THINK ANYONE WAS TRYING TO BRING DOWN THE LOCAL ACTS, LEAST OF ALL ME. I THINK WE JUST WISHED THAT SOME OF THEM WOULD SUPPORT LOCAL BY DOING LOCAL PIECES AS OPPOSED TO FOREIGN SONGS & MUSIC ETC.

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