Everything Related to the Steelpan Instrument and Music
It grieves me to see the truth in plain sight and people not seeing it, when they bought out peoples choice Fonclaire won it one year in 1971, those days they added up all the marks of all the judges, some time in the eighties the late 70's somebody proposed the idea to drop the highest and lowest marks "as they do in some other contest some where" I have seen numerous score sheets from different bands in panorama and festival, all the same thing, the bias and damage seems to come from the lower marks and not the top, most bands score an average of between 70-97 in the prelims a difference of 27 points, and in the semis between 83 and 97 a difference of 14 points, in the finals 85-98 a difference of 13 points on the high scores from the majority of the judges, however on the low end most times it is one or two judges that stray from the general consensus and usually for certain popular bands these judges allways seem to score some hot favorites, as low an average of between 63 and 71, making a difference of 22 points from the lowest high score and 36 points from the highest high marking.
I want to suggest that they switch to a popular rating i.e use the average high marks which shows less bias, drop off the two lowest scores, and keep the rest, if a band is popular with the majority of the judges the results will be around the same high example I have seen bands get 98, 97, 95, 98, 96 from 5 judges a total of 484, and two judges score that band 63and 67 ( a clear bias,and no reflection of the general consensus of the judges) when u drop the highest the band loose only 1 point at the top, when you add one of those low points at the bottom the total comes to 458 and a difference of 26 points and a poor reflection of the popularity of the band at the judges panel.
On the other hand a less popular band gets fair marks from the same top scoring judges example 95, 94, 93, 91, 95 total 468, our two low scoring judges scores that band 98, 97, take of the higest and lowest their score would be 475, drop the two lowest total 479 even with the clearly biased judges the more popular band will still be ahead, the unbiased jugdes are hardly likely to stray too far, i hope people can see this spread the word please please,
the blind test can be good, am not trying to boast but to make a point a friend of mine had just copied my mp3 recordings and I had a few pieces with a guitar player I met and he joined me on set, and when I heard it playing back songs I never knew but was just playing along, my reaction was who is that where did u get that the panman sounding good boy it turned out to be me, so my reaction was honest, I doubt they will go for the blind test, I was given an unmarked tape and ..........u know what happen