The crowd at the International Soca Monarch finals saw a significant decline as compared to previous years but despite that, the finals of the competition went on as planned on Fantastic Friday night in Port-of-Spain. In the end, the top three spots would be filled by two unconventional rising stars and the crown would be retained by the 2016 King.
No Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, Fay Ann Lyons, Nadia Batson, Shurwayne Winchester or Destra Garcia to compete against, the playing field seemed fairer than ever. Patrice Roberts, Blaxx, Farmer Nappy and Iwer George were undeniably the elders in the competition but on show night, Iwer would be the only one who’s attempt at taking the crown would earn him a spot in the top 4. He’d placed 4th.
The theatrics on show night were commendable. Props that fittingly expressed the lyrics of each song, were showcased, proving that despite the fact that less patrons had been physically present to witness the show, a television audience was being catered to and the competitors understood the need to live up to the show’s previous standard.