Finalists in the Play Whe International Soca Monarch and the Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch Competitions are not allowed to perform at shows on the final night of the competitions as has been the norm in previous years. The Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF), in a bid to bring the competitions "to a new level of order" has tied finalists to a contract which strictly forbid them from securing jobs on competition night.
According to a CPF press release, "All artists competing on the final stage of the competition must exclusively perform at the Play Whe International Soca Monarch and the Digicel International Groovy Soca Monarch Competitions on Fantastic Friday. Finalists are to comply with the amendment from 8am on Friday 8th February 2013 to Saturday 9th February, 2013.
CPF Special Adviser, Gregory Fernandes told the Express that the competition must be taken seriously. "We are trying to improve the production. We had a meeting with the artiste and we explained to them that in order to take the show to a new level we can't have artistes not performing in the order they are supposed to perform and now showing up on time, Fernandes said.
"If it is we want to take the competition seriously with a great production we have to get things done right.