Calypsonians vying for the Calypso Monarch title perform throughout the festival period in calypso 'tents'.
On pre-announced nights, the competition's judges visit each tent and score the performers on known criteria.
After the last tent judging, 18 contestants are selected to go forward to the Pic-o-de-Crop semi-finals.
At the semis, each contestant sings two calypsos in an order determined by a random draw. (It's a l.o.n.g evening!) The eight calypsonians judged best go forward to the finals.
Competing semi-finalists this year are:
National Cultural Foundation; itickets Barbados at Cave Shepherd; A&B Sounds Sheraton; CS Pharmacy, Bridgetown; Caribbean Event HUB at Lantern Mall, Hastings; Shell Six Cross Roads and Speightstown; Warrens Ticket Centre
Admission: Bds $40.00
Venue: Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, Wildey, St. Michael