It has always been an event that has struggled to find its place in the line-up of carnival activities, and this has forced the organizers to try new strategies, mostly to attract greater crowd attendance. The decision this year to host a free Semi-finals in the heart of the downtown district of St. Kitts, seemed to have paid off with calypso lovers flocking to the back of the old treasury building, to give support to the artistes.
But after over 10 hours, with some threat from the Friday night showers, the judges found no place in the top 10 positions of the Power Finals, for the former Soca Queen, Shakki. She along with quite a number of other crowd pleasers did not manage to make the cut.
The night belonged to the newcomer to the field of calypso, Mr. Hype, who fascinated the audience with his simple but catchy tune titled, “Wuk It”. Mr. Hype outclassed some of the veterans of the competition, including, Mr. World, Ali De, Kibi, Khyla, Fantastic Tunda and others, to dominate the Power Semi-finals, and scoring the highest points, (231). The closest rival to Mr. Hype was Delly Ranks, another relatively new artiste bursting onto the circuit in St. Kitts.
Hype was also third in the Groovy Soca category thereby confirming that the young man is indeed a new force to be factored this year.
Whether Mr. Hype can maintain the momentum and performance levels necessary to take control at the final show, is left to be seen, but one thing that is certain, the crowd, which matters in the judging criteria, will be in full anticipation.
Getting the nod from the judges were in the Power contest were:
Artistes Name of song Points
- Mr. Hype Wuk it 231
- Delly Ranks Waistline 220
- Mr. World Hardware 215
- Mr. Bagnal Wuk Up Session 213
- Ali Dee Get On Bad 211
- Fantastic Tunda I Love Noni 210
- Ma’ Davia More Confidence 200
- Kibi Start De Jumpin’ 197
- Khyla Without Me 197
- Nickail Can’t Stop 196
There is at least one “wild Card” slot that could be be filled by one of the unlucky artistes who were eliminated on Friday. Their faith however is up to the public who are required to text their favourite choice, to help secure that final spot in each category.
Results of the Groovy Category:
1. Delly Ranks Love We Festival (255 points)
2. Fantastic Tunda Roun-up Anthem (231)
3. Mr. Hype Like So (228)
4. Ali Dee Jammin Coming(228)
5. Piece A Man Onion Batty (220)
6. Shakki Starfire Hypnotize Me (217)
7. Khyla Tonight (213)
8. Richie Buntin Come to Party (212)
9. Ras Kelly Smart Phone Wave (206)
10. Jazbo Make Your Body Work (201)
11. Kibi Pop it Lock It (201)
The Soca Monarch Finals (both categories) are scheduled for 20th December in Basseterre.