I’m like you why so much secrecy about the identity of these very important people.
During the semis, the arrangers when interviewed were asked if they follow the judge’s advice of how to improve their arrangement, some say they take their advice seriously others say they totally ignore them.
My question is this proper procedure for the judges to recommend or suggest to arrangers what they consider acceptable for gaining extra points. This to me creates a conflict of interest. I don’t know what their job description states, as paid professionals I’m sure there’s some criteria they have to follow. Any appearance of suggestions or advice to the arrangers can corrupt the outcome.
My take is this most of the arrangers said they are not taking what some say serious but you can't blame them in a way. Every judge has their take on what a band plays and tell them what they will need to improve in, but when the judge that tells you hey extend the minor and make the intro a little longer is not the same judge that will be judging in finals or the next round how can you take them on.
no matter who are the judges, there will still be resentment towards them. Nobody knows how they judge, what are they looking for this year or next year or whenever. Their should be at least 3 different sets of judges: one set to judge the medium bands, one set to judge the first five or 6 of the Large Bands, and the last set to judge the remainder of the Large Bands.
That would cut down on boredom, and the results would be unique.
They really should have a separate set of judges for single and small and for medium and large when judging is all the same day. I really don't see how someone can maintain their focus and consistent standards after listening to more than 40 (I don't remember the exact number) bands in say 12 hours like for southern prelims. They could easily have one set judge single and then another set judge small and have a fresh set for the second size of bands.
The experts speak all the time but I am going to add my vote - Trinidad All Stars-Winner; Exodus - Second Place; Renegades,Desperadoes and Fonclaire belong in the top five. Nuff said.
This Years Competition was very very Close and Competitive that Three  Bands Tied for third Place, yet the Judges feel that All Stars beat them by 10 Points and Phase 11 beat them by 4 Points. This is very Dishonest and is a Travesty. For the past 4 years it been either phase 11 or All Stars in Winners Row. Next Year they should allow only Two Bands to Play in the Finals. ''Guess Who? All Stars and Phase 11.
I AGREE WITH YOU BECAUSE MOST OF THE PEOPLE WHO VOICE THEIR COMMENTS HERE ARE THE SAME PEOPLE THAT ARE FOOLED BY POLITICIANS.
AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA best comment so far! lol!
Looks like Panorama is now a competition between two bands only...is this really a competition?
How about changing the rules to make it more competitive, 11 bands in the finals, the champion band from the previous year will have to defend their crown. No prelims or semis for them. Just come on stage finals night prepared to defend your crown.
This will break the strong-hold of two dominating bands and open the competition for other arrangers and their bands to get their glory in the sun.
THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TO BRING JUDGES FROM ABROAD THEY WILL JUDGE MUSIC AND NOT BECAUSE YOU LIKE A BAND LIKE ALLSTARS AND HATE A BAND LIKE DESPERADOES.
Did they judge?