The competition isn't over but I believe they just put on a performance that can't be surpassed. They were lucky enough to come on after Iwer George woke up the Stadium crowd and put himself in the lead.
JW & Blaze performance was near perfect. Drawing on the styles of other artists like Bunji Garlin and Machel Montano they then completed their song with a run down of the alphabet.
They definitely should 'Eat A Food.'
this post edited after I got the results
Groovy Soca Monarch
- 1st - Biggy Irie
- 2nd - Mr. Chucky
- 3rd - Nadia Batson
- 4th - Shurwayne Winchester
Power Soca Monarch
- 1st - Iwer George
- 2nd - Nadia Batson and Kees
- 3rd - Shurwayne Winchester
- 4th - Patrice Roberts
...Well I guess I wasn't looking for the same thing as the judges. Even after taking as much time as others entire performance JUST TO SET UP, Shure-is-LAME Winchester, who flooded the stage with a multitude of persons, complete with a Big GATE, still turned in a decent placing. Continuing with the same lyrical style/sound for the past 3/4 years is definitely paying dividends for him.
If you find a winning formula... STICK WITH IT... I cyar vex... right?
I would really liked to have seen JW & Blaze place in the top 4. Coming from being hosts last year (2006) to finalists with a very clever ditty is an accomplishment itself. Mr. Chucky deliverd and was deservedly place as he didn't match up good enough to Biggy Irie of Barbados. The SOCA Monarch has truly gone International as I believe we have the first non-Trinbagonian to win the title.
The show was well produced and flowed fast most times:
- Performers need to be restricted in their setup time like they do for PANORAMA.
- The BIG FLAGS are a real nuisance/menace to a competition like this. That is one reason why I stopped going to fetes. I can't see the stage. They block the presentation by the artists and the cameras trying to shoot the video for the closed circuit screens/broadcasters.
- Patrons who pelt/storm the stage need to be thrown out. We cannot continue to condone such behaviour.
Congrats to the all the winners... Caribbean Prestige Foundation for a wonderful show, TV6 for their coverage and all the sponsors who aim to keep SOCA music alive.
Watch International SOCA Monarch FINALS online @ Jump.tv... enjoy.