{Update #2} LIME Barbados Karaoke Championship: Rickey took Aimey and missed – Simon Cowell, he AIN’T!

Long before the competition started last Friday April 23, competitors in Round two of the LIME Barbados Karaoke Championship were sizing each other up and there were whispers of the ‘big guns’ being out on Friday night at Braddies Bar. By 10:00 pm the crowd both inside and out was buzzing with excitement to see who would be the singing knockouts for the night.

Some of the huge crowd drawn to Dover

Some of the huge crowd drawn to Dover

First on stage and commanding the audience’s attention from his first words, Grantley Sylvester did justice to “Only You” performed by The Platters in the 1956 movie “Rock Around The Clock”. Finishing the night in second place Grantley said, to master a song it takes practice and “all songs have a message, once you find that message and find the tune you can sing it without even needing to see the words”.

Mary Clarke receiving her Lime prize (2nd from R) and Grantley Sylvester looks on (Extreme right)

Mary Clarke receiving her Lime prize (2nd from R) and Grantley Sylvester looks on (Extreme right)

Mary Clarke took first place in this qualifying round, blowing the audience away by singing “The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” by Gladys Knight. Mary, from Pinelands in St. Michael, has been singing for 37 years and is no stranger to the stage. She has come through the Richard Stoute Teen Talent Shows, sang with the Barbados Gospel Mass Choir and entered other competitions. In a bold voice Mary declared she was very confident about her chances but the real test will come as the competition goes on.

Foreground: Rickey "Mr Humility" Aimey and Lisa Howell - Judges for LIME Barbados Karaoke

Foreground: Rickey "Mr Humility" Aimey and Lisa Howell - Judges for LIME Barbados Karaoke

What I found ridiculous was Rickey Aimey’s assessments of contestants on their appearance? You are critiquing people in Preliminaries for wearing sandals? For being casual on a FRIDAY night? Please, if it was Semi-Finals or Finals or even the Caribbean leg to be set for this event, I can understand, but only qualifying rounds? That is so petty and uncalled for, my man!

You also need to get over yourself,  Rickey, for real – once during the evening I was trying to ask his co-judge Lisa Howell what day and time her group Zion Trybe played at Reggae Lounge (Tourist wanted to know and you always sell Barbados’ product once legal, right?) and he snarls because I leaned across him during the instrumental Intro of the song, the singer had not started yet – I was not having an all-night chat. Perhaps since he has not performed in a good while, he’s forgotten etiquette? Plus having been an announcer I have an excellent idea of how long an intro is before vocals begin!

More people passed by as the contest continued...

More people passed by as the contest continued...

To call Rickey Aimey a poor man’s Simon Cowell, may ’cause me to be in a lawsuit for not Copyright Infringement but Copyright Abuse, even to compare him to Randy Jackson is equally unfair to those crew! Rickey needs to remember many of the contestants may have come straight from work and have no time for changing clothes, apart from the near global concept of Casual Friday, hellOOOooOOO????

Up, yup & away? Not Krypton, but definitely from another planet!

Up, yup & away? Not Krypton, but definitely from another planet!

To be fair, I thought both judges were kind when a guy who was chugging a Banks and sucking a lollypop, tried to do Three Doors Down’s Superman homage “Kryptonite” – ye Gods! His version was CRAPtonite, Luthor should have been there to paralyse that guy’s vocal chords instantly!

The most fascinating performance by far was Kathy’s rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean“;-

In the end, a great night was had by all and long after the competition was over patrons stayed on to sing, eat and drink into the early morning. Another two will be chosen from a field of twenty this Friday with registration from 7:00 pm. So come early to make sure you get registered for the contest which starts at 10:00pm. The kitchen is open late and has a great range in their menu – that night I enjoyed some diced pork in ketchup and hotsauce.

This dude Busted a serious Move, a la Young MC {Rapper who's a Rhodes Scholar, BTW}

This dude Busted a serious Move, a la Young MC {Rapper who's a Rhodes Scholar, BTW}

The real pro’s for me came out AFTER the contest, there was my good pal “Beardy” and then a lady who did Bon Jovi’s “Bed Of Roses” but I was really stunned when a young guy asked for Young MC’s “Bust A Move” which is a really fast rap and he NAILED it! He should have competed but it’s not his thing…

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