Tough fight ahead for Sweet Soca Monarch
If the semi-finals of the Sweet Soca Monarch is anything to go on, judges will definitely have a hard time choosing a winner come July 29 when the finals take place.
All nine finalists, including the reserve are no strangers to the Sweet Soca stage. Further to that, the competitors have all won a crown or have placed in the top three in previous competitions.
Defending champion Red Plastic Bag has bowed out of competition indefinitely, giving way for a new Sweet Soca monarch this year.
During the judging night at Kensington Oval, dubbed Phenomenal Friday, patrons responded well to the melodious tracks of the artistes but none more so than Lil Rick's 'Morning Vibez' and Mikey's 'Feting Family'.
Though his voice was under pressure, having just put down the performance of his life to cop the crown in the Yello International Bashment Soca Competition earlier that night, Lil Rick still managed to hold it together and shake up the crowd with the spouge sampled track.
Mikey, with his energetic waistline and strong vocals, perhaps had the best crowd response from patrons at the Oval as they bellowed the refrain of "one, big feting family" throughout his performance.
These two will definitely be going head to head at Bushy Park next Sunday.
Not to be discounted from the competition is former Sweet Soca Monarch, Biggie Irie with his double entendre track 'Country'. He would need to give a great presentation at the finals to secure a place in the top three, considering there are other tracks with strong melody and lyrics as well.
One such track would be Adrian Clarke's 'Soca You' as well as iWeb's 'Best In Me'.
The reserve for the competition is Nikita.
Competitors will be judged and awarded on Performance (25 points), Melody (25 points), Arrangement (20 points), Lyrics (20 points), Presentation (5 points) and Crowd Response (5 points).