Ready, set, party
Sweet Soca and Party Monarch finalists pull their positions
All systems are go for one of the biggest events on the Crop Over Festival calendar –– the Soca Royale’s Sweet Soca and Party Monarch competitions scheduled for July 26, at Bushy Park, St Philip.
This morning on the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation’s Festival Stage Live, the nine finalists in each competition pulled for their performing positions.
In the Sweet Soca finals, defending monarch Biggie Irie will be performing at number four. First-timer, and one of the two females in the competition, Imani, will be the first to hit the stage.
Imani will be followed by Hypasounds, TC, Biggie, Mistah Dale, Edwin Yearwood, Red Plastic Bag and Ian Webster. Nikita will be the reserve in this competition.
Reigning Party Monarch Gorg was not there to draw but he will be second to hit the stage. Adrian Clarke will kick off that competition and he will be followed by Gorg, and iWeb, Hypasounds, King Bubba FM, Blood, Mikey, Peter Ram, Lil Rick, Kirk Brown will be the reserve.
After the positions were drawn this morning, some entertainers spoke to Barbados TODAY about their readiness and eagerness to hit the stage and shake up the park.
Biggie indicated he would be bringing an award-winning performance to the stage and indicated that he hoped his voice would not fail him when he sings My Island.
“It’s a great song for presentation, expect a great performance, an award-winning performance as usual,” he said.
This year history will be made when both competitions are held at night. A delighted Biggie said he was one of those artiste who called for this change since 2011.
“It’s going to be cooler, the fireworks will be used by the Sweet Soca crew more effectively, you will see the screen a lot better, so I think moving it to night is a fantastic idea,” he said.
Webster was also enthusiastic about the move, which he said was something good and new to try. Webster added the delay would merely provide him with additional time to focus and pace himself for his two performances.
“Look forward to a high energy performance. I am going to give it my best shot, but look for lots of energy,” the calypso king said.
Meanwhile, Mikey said he was pleased with his seventh position, placing him after Blood and before Peter Ram.
“So I am going to pull out some stops. I want to come out, enjoy, have a good time and party. Leave the judging to the judges, just come out and party,” Mikey said.
After taking a two-year break from the competition, Lil Rick said he would be bringing a high energy performance to the stage.
“Expect pure hype, expect my best, expect Lil Rick in fine form,” said the energy boss.
Not perturbed by his last place position, Lil Rick stated: “Two things can happen when you closing a show; people can either be tired; or the people want to get on bad to the last song. It’s an advantage and a disadvantage. You know when I come, I coming.”
Festival and Events Producer of the NCF, Adisa Aja Andwele, stated that once the draw took place it was all systems go from there.
He added that Soca Royale was always a night event in terms of the Party Monarch competition, and explained that it was just that the night aspect would go a bit later.
“The doors open at 12 noon, it’s still a party, it’s still going to be a day and night [event],” Andwele said.