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Covering his face in disbelief
while being hoisted by jubilant fans,
Roderick Gordon (Chucky) was in
a state of shock after he retained
the Calypso Monarch crown, taking
home the first prize of $1 million.
It s the second victory for Chucky.
He won last year s competition, mak-
ing him the fifth calypsonian in the
history of the competition to achieve
such a record.
As the results were announced at
the Queen s Park Savannah early yes-
terday, an emotional Chucky walked
on stage and covered his face with
his trembling hands.
From the onset Chucky knew he
had to put his best foot forward to
beat his two toughest challengers---
Devon Seale and Karene Asche.
Seale, who placed second, took
home $500,000 and Asche, who cap-
tured third position, fetched
"Defending my crown was one of
my biggest challenges especially when
people do not see you as a strong
contender. They treat you with scant
courtesy," Chucky told the T&T
Guardian in a brief interview after
He said with God, family, friends
and fans he was able to rise to the
"I also have to shower praises to
the Laventille community....the
dancers who helped me with my per-
Chucky feels that the recipe to this
year s success was hard work, while
remaining focused and executing his
performances with perfection.
Overjoyed by the news, Chucky s
supporters lifted him in celebration,
chanting, "Chucky, Chucky, Chucky."
For the 26-year-old, the news was
unbelievable and shocking.
Following his victory, Chucky said
words could not explain how he felt.
"It s an ecstatic feeling to be
amongst the great and to defend
your crown. We made it happen.
I think my strong point is prima-
rily my performance."
Chucky, a former social worker,
said he did not expect to come into
the competition so highly favoured.
He said his confidence grew after
his second performance, I Believe,---
a nation-building ditty, which called
on citizens to bring back T&T to what
Singing in tenth position, Chucky
first performed The Rose---a political
commentary written by Larry Hare-
wood---which earned him whistles,
cheers and applause from patrons in
the Grand Stand.
Chucky brought the audience to
life when he sang that even though
the People s Partnership government
has been facing challenges---mainly
missteps, firings, scandals, corruption,
nepotism, Prime Minister Kamla Per-
sad-Bissessar ratings had not taken
While people felt that he was sup-
porting the PP Government in his
song, Chucky said, "That is the beau-
ty of my craft. It leaves you at times
to subject of interpretation."
He said he did not think the song
would have worked against him
because he sees his job as a profes-
"I free as a calypsonian to come
in and sing anything, regardless who
menting in a tasteful manner. That
is my primary objective."
For this Carnival, Chucky said he
underwent a personal transformation
in finding his individuality, spirituality
Earlier, Seale received a standing
ovation from some members of the
audience with his hard-hitting polit-
ical commentary, My Humble Plea,
where he called on the PP Govern-
ment to go.
During Seale s performance,
patrons were given hundreds of yellow
buntings, inscribed with the words
"Go Now Please" which they waved
to his every command.
Seale said although he had some
hiccups with his second song Soul
Judges, he was happy with the results.
Defending monarch steals the show
'The beauty of my craft'
Patrons urged Minister of Arts and
Multiculturalism Dr Lincoln Douglas
to leave while addressing patrons at
the Dimanche Gras show, Queen s Park
After the first half of the Calypso
Monarch finals on Sunday, Douglas,
wearing his traditional broad-rimmed
hat, and accompanied by master drum-
mer Peter Telfer, came on stage to wel-
Douglas heckled during two-minute address
come patrons to the country s
greatest show on Earth, stating that
Carnival was important to our
"It is not only a festival, but an
industry," he began explaining to
He assured the audience, which
comprised locals and tourists, that
Carnival would be safe since the
protective services, under the Min-
istry of National Security, would
be out on the streets to ensure law
During his two-minute address,
some patrons in the Grand Stand
began shouting "go" to the top of
Others began waving yellow
buntings with the words "Go Now
Please," which were distributed by
fans of Calypso Monarch finalist
Devon Seale before his performance
My Humble Plea, in the first seg-
ment of the competition.
Pausing for a few seconds, Dou-
glas glanced over to the patrons
who were repeatedly shouting "go"
and taunting him.
"This is our festival. It is designed
to make us happy," he said.
Douglas then welcomed digni-
taries from Barbados and the United
Kingdom who were visiting for the
Carnival celebrations and wished
them an enjoyable stay.
He walked back to the savannah s
VIP lounge and failed to return on
stage to congratulate 2015 Calypso
Monarch champ Roderick Gordon
aka Chucky when the results were
announced early yesterday. (SH)
1st Roderick Gordon---Chucky
2nd Devon Seale
3rd Karene Asche
4th Heather Mac Intosh
5th Mistah Shak---Selvon Noel
6th Brian London
7th Duane O' Connor
8th The Incredible Myron B---
9th Tigress---Joanne Rowley
10th Queen Victoria---Victoria
11th Bunny B---Neville Brown
12th The Original De Fosto
HOW THEY PLACED
Karene Asche performs
Every Knee Shall Bow
in the second round
during the Calypso
Monarch finals at
Dimanche Gras at the
Queen's Park Savannah
on Sunday night.
PHOTOS: JEFF MAYERS
Selvon Noel (Mr
his calypso Target.
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