The MQI/98.1 The One Soca Monarch is underway at the National Botanical Gardens, Waterford, St Michael.
The crowd is starting to build at the new venue.
The 16 contestants will be judged based on the following:
- Performance – 30 points
- Melody – 25 points
- Arrangement – 15 points
- Lyrics – 15 points
- Presentation – 10 points
- Crowd Response – 5 points
The judges are Chief Judge: Ryan Boyce, Deputy Judge Winston Farrell, Bakari Murray, Michelle Hinkson-Cox, Dr Stefan Walcott, Steve Sobers, Anderson Birch, Adzil Stuart, Scott Headley and Gaynelle Marshall.
The contestants in order of appearance are: Marxville, Lil Rick, Betty B, TC, Jamal Slocombe, Santuary, Just D, Adrian Clarke, Faith, Leadpipe, Damian Marvay , Natahlee, Skung Yung, Shaquill, Mikey and Bo Bo.
The competition will be followed by an after party billed Ready Fu De Road featuring King Bubba, SK, Mole, Walkes, Peter Ram, Edwin & Gryneer, Fadda Fox and Magikal.