The Leeward Islands Calypso Committee (the Committee) has become aware of media reports and comments by various individuals concerning the conduct of the Leeward Island Calypso Monarch Competition held on Saturday 6th August 2011 at the Landsome Bowl. The nature of these comments are centered around the conduct of the Emcee and the perception that the judging was unfair. As a result, the Committee deems it necessary to make a statement for the record.
The Committee agrees that the conduct of the Emcee was inexcusable. We sincerely apologise to anyone who was offended by his remarks.
Further, while we take full responsibility, his comments do not in any way reflect the thinking of the Committee. In our 15 years history, the Committee has always made every effort to produce an entertaining and respectful show.
We will review our criteria for the selection of an Emcee and implement the necessary changes to avoid incidents of this nature. We would also like to address the issue that the judging was biased and unfair.
We do recognize that judging any competition is more of an art than a science. Consequently, different persons may reach different conclusions. However, insofar as the perception exist that overseas competitors are in any way at a disadvantage in this competition that is not borne out by the facts.
In fact, our overseas participants have won the LICC Crown nine (9) times in our 15 year history. Nonetheless, we have to deal with the perception of local bias and every attempt will be made to eliminate that perception. Normally we have a panel of judges in which the majority will be non Anguillian Judges. However, due to budgetary constraints, for the past two (2) years we were required to use local judges.
While the judging data fails to support the notion of bias, as a committee we are confident in our choice of judges. However, we will again seek to have a panel of judges which the majority will be from islands other than the Leeward Islands.
The Committee is committed to maintaining the high standards of the LICC Monarch Show and every effort will be made to address these concerns. It is our hope that the 2012 LICC competition will be of such calibre as to overcome these present concerns.
We are grateful for all the support given us over our 15 years and we will never take your continued support for granted.