For judging the best pan, why isn't their a combination of the judges decision along with the public participation on which is the best band 1 through 10. Something could be worked out as far as tabulating the score, combining both the public and the judges decision.
As a Panman....(Guiness Cavaliers), I don't know how a really good musical arrangement as played by the Renegades, could be excluded from the Panorama finals. No one knows what the judges heard, (if they heard anything at all), but to discourage a band of so many young players the chance to execute their tune of choice is such a disgrace. We talk so much about youth development and support in society, yet judges, who can play a massive part in accomplishing this, throw a wrench in the success of these young people.
We all know it is a "Battle Zone", but someone has to "Do something for Pan", especially when"it's Showtime"
If Pantrinbago have any testicles, they will not only apologise to the Renegades and the general public, as stated by Valentine Young, but allow the Renegades to perform in the finals. This way, the Pan-People can really hear 'How dey Comin"
I completely agree!
Renegades played very well and the arrangement was SWEET!
I was shocked and vex when I found out they didnt make it to the finals! kmt
I missed renegades performance, but from what i heard of the other bands i knew the judges screwed up big time. I'ts been like that for years,, you know what we have to live with it. move on to nextyear show them what they missed out on renegades
As a veteran 'Gades supporter, I'd hoped the band would strike it big this year. I could not believe what I was seeing/hearing when the band formed up and had to wait for close to 20 mins before it could perform. Who allowed people to enter the North Stand with DJ, sound system, etc.?? I mean, we tolerate a rhythm section, once its members know they must stop their noise once a band, any band, starts to play. In days of old, when I used to be a NS regular, no one dared utter a sound when a band was playing.
That said, I thought 'Gades played very well. But so did other bands...in fact, most bands in the large bands category. I thought Despers was great--except for a little hiccup in the final bars. I didn't hear Exodus and the bands after it: when will we stop this 4-day-morning nonsense, especially as the large bands suffer most? I don't agree with the placings, but who am I to talk--or judge? There's more to Panorama than winning, though (as if that's some consolation). I hope to capture what I thought were the blessings of great pan and superb players, not to add the real carnival atmosphere, in my column next Sunday. Quite a contrast to the bacchanal at the Chutney Finals (what lack of lyrics! what tatah!), and a far superior fare to any other show, Soca Monarch included (and dat 'ent come yet!)