Reigning Power Soca Monarch SuperBlue, a title he shares with Machel Montano who is also the Groovy Monarch, said last evening he was still unaware of the artistes he was up against for the finals of the 2014 International Soca Monarch competition.
Blue, as he is affectionately called by fans, was too busy in a recording studio putting the final touches on his much-anticipated power soca release, a representative for the artiste said.
Attempts by the Express to reach Montano yesterday were unsuccessful.
The list of the finalists which was released yesterday includes some Soca Monarch veterans including Kerwin Du Bois, Tallpree, Saucy, Farmer Nappy, Destra and Iwer George along with some new comers Japanese artiste An-G and Lyrikal.
“It’s a great feeling being chosen for this competition especially since this is my first time,” Lyrikal said.
“I am excited to perform not just for the audience at the National Stadium but the international audience looking on.
“I am looking forward to putting on a great show and enjoying myself.”
Farmer Nappy, whose song “Big People Party” has been earning him new fans, said it was an honour to be in the finals once again.
“With the response I got from the song from the elders I wasn’t too surprised that I got in. The elders had the song locked down.
“I left everything to ‘The Father’ and ‘The Father’ chose to put Farmer Nappy through.”
The self-proclaimed Queen of Bakanal Destra Garcia, who qualified in both the Groovy and Power Soca Monarch categories is taking her selection in stride.
In a release from her public relations team, Garcia has adopted a “one-day-at-a-time approach, especially given her hectic schedule from now until Fantastic Friday.
Benjai, whose “swinging” semi-final performance of “Come Out To Play” went viral on social media networks, failed to make the final cut of the competition.
In an interview with the Express on Wednesday evening, Benjai defended his choice of attire at the semi finals, boxers and socks, saying that Soca Monarch always had a fete atmosphere and that he didn’t do anything contrary to what any ordinary feter would do.
He said then that if he was not chosen for the finals, because of his choice of costuming, he was confident that his fans won’t let his omission pass without making a fuss.
The International Soca Monarch will come off at the National Stadium on February 28 where SuperBlue and Montano are expected to defend their titles.
Here are the official results: