Some seasoned veterans of the International Soca Monarch (ISM) competition have been named as finalists in the 2016 competition, while others have surprisingly not made the cut.
The 24th Soca Monarch Competition has already been different compared to those of previous years, with there no longer being a Power and Groovy Soca category. Instead, there will only be one King or Queen to rule them all in this year’s competition and the 18 finalists were named this evening along with the Wild Card contenders and the Carib Breakout Artiste of the Year (CBAY) competitors.
The Qualifiers for the finals are:
1. AARON ST.LOUIS - VOICE
2 . ADRIAN HACKSHAW - THIRD BASS
3. AKEEM CHANCE - PREEDY
4. AKIL BORNEO - 5 STAR AKIL
5. DAMIAN ETIENNE - HYPASOUNDS
6. DARRYL HENRY - FARMER NAPPY
7. DEVON MARTIN - LYRIKAL
8. DEXTER STEWART - BLAXX
9. JASON,PRINCE, SHAQUILL, KEVIN / PHILLIP, ANDREWS, JONES, CUDJOE - CLOUD 5
10. NESTA BOXILL - SEKON STA
11. PATRICE ROBERTS - PATRICE ROBERTS
12. RICARDO BARRITEAU - RICARDO DRUE
13. RONNY BOYCE - PTERNSKY
14. SAMRAJ JAIMUNGAL - RIKKI JAI
15. SHURWAYNE WINCHESTER - SHURWAYNE WINCHESTER
16. STEPHENSON MARSHALL - SHAL MARSHALL
17. TEDDYSON JOHN - TEDDYSON JOHN
18. OLATUNJI YEARWOOD - OLA (DEFENDING MONARCH)
According to the ISM website, the criteria for which the songs were judged during the semi-finals were, Melody- 25%, Arrangement -20%, Lyrics-20%, Performance-20% and Crowd Response-15%. These are the same criteria that will be used during the finals on Fantastic Friday, February 5th 2016.
Two National Lottery Control Board (NLCB) wildcard spots are left in the ISM competition. These will be selected via a public vote from a shortlist of four artists who almost secured a spot in the finals.
The four wild card artists are Kernal Roberts, Peter Wiggins (Peter Ram), Sherwin Jeremiah (M1, aka Mennace) and Terrin Callender (Jaiga).
Meanwhile, two artists were also selected to compete for the Carib Breakout Artiste of the Year (CBAY). They were Jadel and Salty. Both artists were selected based on the results of fan voting and a new round of voting has already begun. It will end at 6pm on Fantastic Friday where the CBAY competitors will perform and the winner will receive $100,000.