Wednesday, January 24, 2018

SuperBlue set to battle Machel, Iwer

Fans upset over final line-up


showdown: SuperBlue performs in the semi-finals of the International Soca Monarch competition last Sunday evening at the Arima Velodrome. —Photo: ROBERT TAYLOR

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SuperBlue is in, and the five-time champion has made it to his first Soca Monarch final in years, the results of which were announced yesterday.

The much-anticipated showdown between defending Power Soca Monarch Machel Montano and SuperBlue is now a sealed deal as the iconic soca artiste has made it through to the final of the competition on Carnival Friday.

The line-up of finalists for the International Power and Groovy Soca Monarch competitions at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain were released yesterday by the Caribbean Prestige Foundation, producer of the show.

Having created a stir with his performance of "Fantastic Friday" at Sunday's semi-final of the competition at the Arima Velodrome, SuperBlue was given the nod by the judges.

This came as no surprise to most as the public at large had fallen in love with "Fantastic Friday" from the time it was released about three weeks ago.

The ads for the finals of the competition have even been built around a showdown between, among others, SuperBlue, Montano and Iwer George.

The line-up of finalists in both categories is not pleasing to some, who have been expressing their displeasure on Twitter and Facebook since the list was released.

People, including some who attended the semi-finals, are asking how come artistes such as Chucky, Super Jigga TC and Shurwayne Winchester, Prophet Benjamin, Skinny Fabulous and Olatunji Yearwood, who all deliv- ered very good performances in the Groovy and Power categories respectively, did not make the cut.

George has made it into the finals of both categories as have Destra Garcia and Benjai.

Only local artistes have made it to the Groovy finals while in the Power category, St Vincent road march monarch Fya Empress is in, as well as Tallpree from Grenada.