Soca finalists announced; Chairman pleased with strong semifinal turnout


After a thrilling night of performances at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (Carnival City) last evening, the list of the 14 finalists for the Flow Party Monarch competition has now been completed.

Defending groovy monarch Tian Winter will compete in both groovy and jumpy categories. Also competing in both categories are Claudette Peters, Zamoni, Lyricksman and Menace. Kimmy makes her second party monarch finals in the groovy section with her song ‘Chug It’.

Groovy finalists:

  1. Claudette Peters (Arm’s Length),
  2. Ezzy Rattigan (Syrian Soca),
  3. Kimmy (Chug It),
  4. Lyricksman (SSSStama Man),
  5. Menace (Nar Tek You Back)
  6. Zamoni (Work It)

The defending groovy monarch is Tian Winter.

Jumpy finalists:

  1. Claudette Peters (Mash it Up),
  2. DJ Who (The List),
  3. Lyricksman (LSA Jam),
  4. Manace (Friends),
  5. Tian Winter (All for One),
  6. Zamoni (Shell Shock)

The defending jumpy monarch is Ricardo Drue.

This year, the semifinal venue was changed from the Barrymore Hotel to the ARG and Flow Party Monarch chairman Herbert “Burga” Joseph expressed his pleasant surprise at last night’s turnout.

“I was impressed,” said the party monarch chairman.

“I didn’t expect that many people. The turnout exceeded our expectations by three. From where I was, the grounds looked packed.”

Despite the higher than expected turnout, most of the people entering the grounds arrived after 8 pm despite the listed start time of 7pm. The chairman explained that because of the late-arriving crowd that, “We had to make an executive to delay the start time of the show.”

“The artists need the energy from the crowd to perform, so we thought it prudent wait for the crowd to build before we start.”

The show began a little bit after 8 pm.

This year’s semifinals was also dubbed as a ‘cooler fete’ and Joseph felt that the concept helped boost attendance to the show despite saying that, “I wanted to see more coolers, but it’s still our first year.”

“No sense in reinventing the wheel. We reached out to the people at LOL to see how we could make our event as successful as theirs and we will only get better in years to come.”

The artists will all appear on Carnival ‘Bacchanal Sunday’ (5 August) to compete for a first-place prize of 50,000 (up from $30,000 in 2017). This year’s cash prize for the first runner-up is $40,000 and the second runner-up $30,000.

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  1. Same old boring line up hopefully somebody other than Tian Ricardo or Claudette will take the crowm

  2. Comment:this is the worst set of finals in the history of carnival.some in there because of their name. cp did not even try and she in there

  3. Seriously. Every year the same act. Yawn will skip party mornach this year cause the winner done know who he/she is.

  4. If this is the sorry set of performers we changed for Calypso show on a Sunday night well our culture really gone gone.

  5. Well well well. This have to be the Cp Peters show. She was horrible last evening and pass. Y’all killing talent. Time enough for that old woman to retire. Tizzy we love you. Stay young and sweet.

  6. Claudette shouldn’t have made it in the Jumpy. Her song was not impressive. Supa Mario had a much better song and a waaaayyyy better performance.

    Claudette got through on name.

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