From the very start, it was evident that fans were out for a night of first class “jump-up” entertainment.
Hundreds packed into the Sugar Mill to party, have fun and to jam, along with the 13 artistes who were involved in the combination of the Groovy and Power Segments of the competition.
They kicked off with the Groovy Segment, which saw Konris getting the ball rolling, with the tune, Party Long.
From that point onwards, each calypsonian took their turn on stage to wow the crowd with their display of showmanship, prancing around, heading into the audience to encourage their support and involvement and setting the Mill alight with dramatic fireworks, confetti and dancing ladies and men.
But when all the dust and confetti settled, the judges crowned the former 4-Peat Junior Calypso King, The Mighty Take Over, as the new Power Soca Monarch with his hard hitting, trail blazing and sensational presentation of the song, “Going Insane”. Such energy, such prowess, such confidence; it was definitely a performance that could do this country proud in any international soca competition. Take Over truly lived up to his name, destroying the other power guns including defending Soca King, Konris and all other stakeholders. He was in a zone of his own.
He began his performance from amongst the fans, surprising everyone in the crowd, who eventually helped him to make his way to the stage, but not before causing them to go ‘insane’ with an amazing performance which also featured fireworks and a rowdy but choreographed band of flag wavers.
First Runner up in the Power Section went to ‘Stitch in Time’ who had the ‘Newtown Iron Band’ as part of his performance. Second Runner up went to Honesty who had one of the more popular tunes on the night; captivating the crowd with his antics and the lyrics of his popular song ‘Stupidness’.
Meanwhile, in the Groovy Segment, the night belonged to the soca divas, starting with Shakki Star Fire, who became the first ever Groovy Soca Monarch last night, when she stole the judges’ hearts with her popular song “Party Plenty”.
Ali-Dee captured the First Runner-up slot in the Groovy division, performing the song ‘With or Without You’. There was a tie for the Second Runner-up position between Stitch in Time and Konris, but after the tiebreaking rules were applied, it was Stitch in Time who prevailed.
Many fans left the show expressing their satisfaction with the decisions of the judges.
The opportunity was also used to honour the memory of the late Dwayne Sturge, who was the Chairman of the Soca Monarch Sub- Committee. The audience in attendance, held a minute’s silence while a specially created video tribute was also featured on the big screen.