Lil Rick showed why he is the lone artiste with six Party Monarch titles to his name. Performing at position number six in the MQI 98.1 The One Soca Royale at Bushy Park tonight, the reigning monarch pulled out all the stops to retain his crown.
However, Mikey and the duo of Mr Blood & Iweb came closest to giving him a run for his money.
Rick’s Mudda Sally easily won favour with the crowd, which was bawling before he hit a note of the song.
Dressed in an all grey outfit surrounded by stiltsmen and of course Mother Sally, Rick put down his usual energetic performance. The infectious melody made it hard for the crowd not to move.
At one point during his performance he was struck to the ground from a Mother Sally whine and had to be resuscitated.
Surprisingly, there was no picong in his last verse as the crowd has grown accustom to.
Mikey was impressive in his delivery of My Kind Ah Party. Dressed in red as was his dancers, he worked his song and used the stage effectively.
Mr Blood & iWeb have the most lyrically and topically strong song in the competition. Stomp deals with stamping out crime and violence. However, their presentation lacked impact. The connection to what they did on stage and on the big screen to the song was lost, especially on the crowd.
However, given that the two are professional singers with many years’ experience their rendition was flawless.
Mistah Dale gave the best visually appealing presentations with his Bold and Brave. He used the Wakanda theme that was nothing short of excellent. While his song maybe not as popular he brought his A game to the competition.
Nikita also gave a good showing of herself with Going The Distance. Using the theme of woman who has excelled including Prime Minister Mia Mottley she did well.
Stiffy made a beautiful transition from the Bashment Soca stage to the big Party Monarch stage. His presentation of Lies was entertaining and he delivered.
Veteran Mac Fingall should have been reminded he was at Bushy Park and not a political meeting with his Blows. He made very little impact.
First timers Chrissy D (Rum & Bass) and Ashawyna (Mess) both gave a showing of themselves. (IMC)