READY TO DEFEND: Machel Montano

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$2m battle for Power title

By Deborah John Publications Editor News/Features

Tonight “Fantastic Friday” will determine who takes home the first prize of $2 million in the Power category of the soca monarch competition.

 Last year this was shared by joint winners of the title, Machel Montano and veteran SuperBlue, who made his comeback to the competition,

This year all eyes will be on the two with defending Power and Groovy soca monarch Montano singing last in both categories. The Digicel International Groovy Soca competition and the Play Whe International Soca Monarch competition take place tonight at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain. Montano sings in position number 12 and 11 respectively.

 SuperBlue (Austin Lyons) will sing in position number five.

The event annually draws an audience of thousands who see it as the official start to their Carnival weekend. 

Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts (CPF) organisers of the show said yesterday Fantastic Friday 2014 promises to be a spectacular event showcasing the world’s greatest soca stars giving their best performances. The show also includes the National Lotteries Control Board (NLCB)  Tribute to the Classics and the newest category, the highly-anticipated Carib Breakout Artiste of the Year, powered by Slam and driven by Ford. The world will tune in as Machel Montano and SuperBlue seek to defend their crowns in the Power and Groovy categories, in a showdown that will celebrate 22 years of  entertainment from CPF.

This year, the International Soca Monarch Celebrity Commentary Panel includes Hollywood stars Damien Dante Wayans, Boris Kodjoe, Nicole Ari Parker, Tahiry José and Anthony Anderson. The show will also feature special guest performances by Soul Train and MTV award winner Bunji Garlin alongside Fay-Ann Lyons & the Asylum Vikings, and Kes The Band. In addition to being shown live on CNC 3, the organisers announced yesterday that EIGA World Link Services, one of Trinidad’s leading IP, satellite, and fibre transmission services, will do live streaming of the finals in HD  at 9 p.m. local time; 8 p.m EST.

The Live HD streaming is a PPV event, which will be available at http://gocamp.us/pay-per-view/soca-monarch/ on Fantastic Friday. Access from the US & Canada is US$19.95 and other countries, including the Caribbean can log in for $9.95 USD.  Streaming will be available on all android and iOS mobile devices, as well as personal computers and laptops including Apple computer platforms. The HD stream will adapt to any broadband connection ensuring a quality streaming experience for all viewers worldwide.

Here’s how they will perform


Groovy Soca Category 


1 – Ravi B

2 –  Mr Famous (Junior Noel) 

3 – Erphaan Alves

4 – Skinny Fabulous (Gamal Doyle) 

5 – Denise Belfon

6 – Biggie Irie (Carlton Cordle)

7 – Destra Garcia

8 – Wilt  “Talpree” Cambridge

9 – Farmer Nappy (Darryl Henry) 

10 – Cassie (Cassiano Sylvester) 

11 – Kerwin Du Bois

12 – Machel Montano  


Power Soca category


1 – Ann-G (Angela Giustini)

2 – Snakey (Heaven Charles)

3 – Nadia Batson

4 – Patrice Roberts

5 – Superblue (Austin Lyons)

6 – Iwer (Neil George)

7 – Lyrical (Devon Martin)  

8 – Devon Matthews

9 – Destra Garcia

10 – Mr Kill@ (Hollice Mapp)

11 – Machel Montano

 
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