Reigning Bashment Soca King Stiffy knows he is a marked man, with everyone in the contest at Friday night’s Phenomenal Friday gunning for his crown.
But he warned they would have to work extremely hard to defeat him because he was not about to surrender the title without a fight.
During Thursday’s grand rehearsal at Kensington Oval, Stiffy was calm, cool and collected and told his competitors to bring their ‘A’ game Friday.
“Plan and come good. Not giving it up that easy at all, so come good,” he said.
He told Barbados TODAY he was looking forward to getting on stage Friday to perform his song Tip and Ben Ova.
“It’s always good to be in competition and that excited feeling doing what you love and presenting it to your fans at that level. This is the highest level it has been at so far, this is the second year and I’m looking forward to it and bringing all my energy to the fans. Not feeling any pressure at all. The main thing is to get all the elements of what I have planned pulled together and once I get that done it should be a good show,” the Bashment king said.
However, 2017 favourite Scrilla, with his popular song Wood, said he had his eyes on the title and the $50,000 grand prize.
He said being a fan favourite meant there was added pressure to perform well, but he was taking it all in stride and would be at his best at Friday’s contest.
“There’s no second or third place so you have to win, and I’m coming to win for sure. It’s kind of pressuring because I can’t turn anywhere without someone saying, ‘man you got to win’. I have to do my best tomorrow and I have to perform good. That’s what I know I have to do. I will perform at my greatest,” Scrilla said.
“It was a very big surprise for me. Even from the inception when I drop the song I wasn’t looking for so much response positively, but I feel real good about the response I’m getting.
“Like anyone else in a final you know you have a little nerves and so on but that will settle down by tomorrow. I’m going on stage now to do the technical rehearsal to make sure everything is good, and everything should be good. But all around I’m good,” he stressed.
Another Bashment finalist, Snap Brandy, who sings On Pun It, was not shy to speak about his royal ambitions.
“I feel good that I made it to the finals and I’m just trying to put on a good show for my fans, something they have never seen before. Expect a lot of bashment, a lot of acting, and a lot of excitement. Keep a lot of noise when you see me. Let’s make this happen. When you hear winner takes all, you have to give it your all. I’m coming to do my best,” he said.
Also performing Friday night will be the semi-finalists in the Sweet Soca and Party Monarch competitions, all vying for a spot at Soca Royale on July 30.
Barbados TODAY also caught with some of the semi-finalists who all said they were ready for Friday’s show.
Faith, who is in both competitions, said she was feeling good and ready to perform.
“It feels great to be in both competitions. It’s my first time in Sweet Soca and with a song that I wrote, so I’m really excited about that. Both competitions mean double the work, double the practice. But I’m definitely going to give it my all and do my best.
“I’m excited, a bit nervous, I don’t think you could ever get rid of the nerves, but everything will be good,” she said.
Kirk Brown, who is also in both competitions told Barbados TODAY he was ready to have some fun.
“Feeling accomplished and giving thanks to God every minute and thanks to the fans. I’m ready to deliver. This year [it’s] all out fun,” he said.
Mr Blood, also in both competitions, said he felt comfortable and was ready to deliver for his fans.
“I’m feeling really good. The rehearsal went extremely well. The band is awesome. I feel comfortable and people are going to have a lot of fun tomorrow night. I feel good about being in both competitions. We worked hard from the beginning of the year so we are just ready to deliver,” he said.
Nikita, a semi-finalist in the Sweet Soca competition, said she felt blessed to be a part of it.
“I’m feeling good. Trying to stay positive, and happy. You know it’s Crop Over and it’s all about the music. In the competition there’re so many great songs. I’m just happy to be a part of it. It’s all love,” she said.
Mikey, a semi-finalist in the Party Monarch competition, said he was still feeling a tinge of disappointment, having not made the Sweet Soca semi-finals, but he was ready to give it his all.
“I’m happy for all the others that made it. I’m really looking forward to the Party Monarch semi-finals and push to get into the final. Expect energy. It’s feting and brass, and that’s how we do it. People seem to like the tunes,” Mikey said.