Monday 24 September, 2018

Women in the Party Monarch Finals in their numbers

Ashawnya off stage after her performance.

Ashawnya off stage after her performance.

Almost 40 per cent of the cast of competitors who are advancing to the Party Monarch Finals this year are female.

They are Nikita, Ashawnya and Chrissy D, with Going the distance, Mess and Rum & Bass respectively. 

Culminating close to 1:00 am, all 16 contenders in the Party Monarch 2018 competition delivered without theatrics and left judges to make their decisions on mainly melody and lyrics.

Beyond their attire there was no attention paid to the visual component as for the semis points are not allocated for such. 

And because of the absence of dancers and props to sidetrack, the crowd of hundreds were forced to hear the music and connect or ignore the performers who were centre stage. The second show, the International Soca Monarch may have been the most highly anticipated event of the night but patrons still cheered and applauded though sparingly during the first segment.

There were no standout performances but quite a few artistes stopped to speak to and try to engage the audience. Kirk Brown rode the rhythm for a minute; Faith called on the crowd to tell her who they're jumping with as she performed Band of the Year; Mr. Blood and iWeb moved some of the crowd and even the band members on stage; and Mac Fingal was on the floor rolling with the 'Blows' literally.

To face defending champ Lil Rick on July 29, 2018, at Bushy Park in St. Philip are the following seven:

Ashawnya

Mess

Chrissy D

Rum & Bass

Mac Fingall

Blows

Mikey

My Kind Ah Party

Mistah Dale

Bold and Brave

Mr. Blood & iWeb

Stomp

Nikita

Going The Distance

Stiffy

Lies

   

Reserve

 

Kirk Brown

De Challenge