Last year Konris admitted to not entering the competition because of personal reasons and this year again he has again withdrawn himself from competing in that specific competition.
There are many speculations about the former king and his reasons for not competing this year and in an effort to shed some light on the situation, MiyVue.com contacted Maynard to hear from him the reason for not contending in this year’s competition.
“The critics will always have something to say no matter what you do. Take for example, when I was winning all the time, many persons were saying, he winning all the time and they giving him everything and even to go as far as saying judges cheat for me.
“Now that I am not competing the same critics want to know why I am out, but you just can’t please people. And when I am ready and I feel satisfied that I am ready to enter the arena again I will do that in my time,” Konris said, adding that he hopes the critics can handle what they have been asking for, upon his return.
When asked about his opinion on the seven finalists for this year’s Senior National Calypso Monarch Competition, Konris told MiyVue.com, “It’s a very interesting selection of calypsonians.”
What exactly did he mean by interesting selection? “It’s a wide open field, because some of the songs I’ve heard are very strong and there are some experienced calypsonians among the seven who will be going up against the reigning king,” he explained.
During the interview, the issue of the release of songs by the reigning Calypso Monarch, King Socrates, was also brought up.
As late as Saturday 18th December the reigning Calypso Monarch had yet to release his contending songs for this year. “This means that he has something really good up his sleeves,” Konris said.
Although Konris has stayed away from the local calypso competition, he has managed to retain the Leeward Islands Calypso Monarch for the second consecutive year and has made history by being the first calypsonian to win the title ‘back-to-back’ in its 14-year history.