Former Party and Sweet Soca Monarch and finalist in the Party Monarch and Sweet Soca competition Michael Mikey Mercer told the media that he won’t be the same in this year’s Crop Over as he has enhanced his relationship with God.
He was speaking to Barbados TODAY on the sidelines of the drawing of the positions for Soca Royale, set to kick off on July 29 at Bushy Park. Mikey said his approach to the competition this year will be different as he has gotten a bit closer to God after losing a few of his friends last year.
“I think that God blocked certain doors, so I had to do certain things and create certain openings with the team that I have. The energy around me is different – it is a lot more positive, a lot more focused. I think it helps with the power of the strong man; the fitness is back up; I have gotten a bit closer to God and I think that has helped significantly. I am just enjoying life because I lost a few friends last year, and it really reminded me that life is short and tomorrow is not promised, so just do it to the best of your ability and enjoy it,” he said.
Turning his focus to the Party Monarch and Sweet Soca finals in which he will be competing with Feting Family and My Kind of Party, he said he does not believe it will be an easy time for any competitor as there are a few dark horses that could cause trouble at Soca Royale.
“Anyone who knows me knows that I go to win. This year I have some pretty good chances particularly in the Sweet Soca.
Feting Family is almost like a people’s anthem for Crop Over 2018 so that one is looking good and My Kind of Party is starting to pick up. We will be dropping a road mix for that one shortly so that should add some more fire to it. But it will not be a walkover for anyone in this competition. There are some dark horses as some people say, but you cannot underestimate anyone. It is all about the day. You can have the most popular song but if on the day if you do not represent, I am going to be sorry for you. It’s going to be two fantastic competitions,” he said.
He also urged the public to support the entertainers as artistes pay a lot of money to entertain them at the Crop Over events.
“I just want everybody to come out, enjoy themselves, have a good time and support everybody. Obviously, you are going to cheer extra hard for your favourites. But it is not easy to go up on stage and put on that presentation; it is not cheap either, so please show some appreciation and just support everyone. We are all one family when all is said and done,” he said.