Ronaldo London has been crowned the 2019 Calypso Monarch and has taken home the $700,000 first place prize at the Dimanche Gras 'Kaisorama' at the Queen's Park Savannah Thursday night.
London, singing in position number 16 beat back a field of 16 with his song 'Man's Imagination' to dethrone last year's champion Helon Francis.
The judges gave London the top nod over Karene Asche who took 2nd place and $400,000 and Helon Francis who placed 3rd and took home $200,000.
Helon Francis is the new Calypso Monarch, dethroning Hollis "Chalkdust" Liverpool in Sunday night's final at the Dimanche Gras show on the big stage at the Queen's Park Savannah.
Francis, singing "Change" before the judges and savannah audience, pipped Soca Monarch Aaron "The Voice" St Louis, who placed second with his song, "Year For Love", the same song that won him his third Soca Monarch in a row on Friday.
Rondell Donawa placed 3rd with "De Problem".
Carlos James 'Skate' will perform first come Sunday night for the Calypso Monarch crown.
Dexter Parsons the stinger is in second position,
Michael Osouna ‘Sugar Aloes’ third position.
Kurt Allen ‘The last Bad John of Calypso’ is in fourth position
Alana Sinnette Khan ‘Lady Watchman’ will be the fifth position followed by the reigning Soca Monarch Aaron St Louis, ‘The Voice’.
He will make way for Singing Sandra, followed by Michael Legerton ‘Protector’ in 8th position.
The defending monarch Hollis Liverpool ‘Chalkdust’ is in ninth position.
After enjoying the Calypso Fiesta at Skinner Park on Saturday, three patrons were left stranded after their vehicles were stolen.
The first car, belonging to La Romaine resident Roger Noor, 50, was stolen from the Skinner Park car park at Todd Street. He told police when he returned to the car park around 3 pm he could not find his $30,000 white Nissan B13.
Alicia St Louis, 44, of Fyzabad, later reported that around 6.30 pm, she parked her $40,000 white B14 at Cross Crossing near the Quik Shoppe, but when she returned around 9.30 pm her car was missing.
Heather Mac Intosh sings at the Dimanche Gras show where she placed third in the Calypso Monarch competition.
Calypso Monarch, Chalkdust speaks to the media after his victory.
Chalkdust sings to win his record 9th Calypso Monarch.
Dr Hollis "Chalkdust" Liverpool is the 2017 Calypso Monarch, winning a record 9th title at Sunday's Dimanche Gras show.
He now also holds the title of most Calypso Monarchs ever won by a calypsonian, having been tied with The Mighty Sparrow on eight before Sunday night's victory.
Chalkdust took home the $700,000 first prize after performing last in the competition with his tune, "Learn from Arithmetic".
His song focussed on the issue of child marriages, with a refrain, "75 can't go into 14".