Rome sings first at Soca Monarch semis

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As the NLCB’s Play Whe International Soca Monarch competition heats up, Jerome Precilla also known as “Rome” will be performing in first place at the semifinals to take place at the Queen’s Park Savannah, Port-of-Spain tomorrow.

Contacted yesterday Precilla said, “It is more exciting than nervous to be in the first place. I get to set the pace so the other guys will have to keep up.”

He added it was the first time he had qualified for the semifinals.

The draw took place at the the NLCB’s box office held at the Queen’s Park Oval yesterday. Sergio “Singer Boy” Camejo, who was initially selected as a semifinalist, opted not to compete resulting now in 34 artistes vying for a spot in the finals.

Carded to sing in second place is Sherwin Jeremiah known to his fans as M1 or Menace and Marvin “Swappi” Davis will be performing in third place.

New comer to the Soca Monarch stage and youngest competitor Aaron Duncan, who would be singing in 11th place, said he was not daunted to come up against seasoned performers such as Dexter “Blaxx” Stewart and Dawg-E-Slaughter who would be singing in places 34 and 6 respectively.

“I feel very confident and I would be putting on my best show.

Kevon “Yankey Boy,” Asten Isaac and Rikki Jai would be singing their popular tune “Blue Soap” in 24th place.

The competition is being sponsored by Guardian Media Limited (GML).

This year’s cash prizes saw a reduction from $500,000 to $300,000 for the first prize and $300,000 to $200,000 for the second prize.

The finals would take place on February 9 (Fantastic Friday) at 8 pm.

The following is the order of appearance for the Soca Monarch semifinals

1 ROME D KEY/WHOLE SELF

2 M1 UPS AND DOWNS

3 SWAPPI BED

4 EDDIE CHARLES WET AND READY

5 SHRADAH LIT

6 DAWG E SLAUGHTER Aempmargin;DE TRIBUTE (JOOK & JOOK)/ EASE UP (FUH WA)

7 LFS MUSIC NO WEAPON

8 DEV IS JAM

9 FARMER NAPPY WIFEY

10 MARZ VILLE GIVE IT TO YA

11 AARON DUNCAN BETTER DAYS

12 OMARDATH MARAJ ME OR MEH MOTOR CAR

13 ORLANDO OCTAVE LOVE YOU SO

14 QUIN-C AH NEVER

15 CASSIE ;empmargin;DROWN DEM WITH SOCA/ PLAY MEH SELF

16 MIGHTY & SUBANCE mempmargin;BACK BEND REMIX/BAD IN BUM BUM

17 TRINIDAD GHOST BUBBLE N DIP

18 KERLZ DRIP

19 S.O. KING BAP BAP BAP

20 MARVAY ADRENALINE RUSH

21 HOLLYWOOD HP DRAMA

22 BANJELA Bempmargin;AH LOVE MEH ISLAND/BLAZE FIRE

23 AMBI AH SOCK IT AHREADY

24 ;empmargin;ASTEN ISSAC, YANKEY BOY, RIKKI JAI BLUE SOAP

25 FOLUKE DOH HOLD BACK

26 MARLON ASHER KEEP UP

27 MOTTO PARTY LIT

28 JADEL DOMINATE/ ROUND N ROUND

29 TURNER CHAMPIONS/SHE BAD

30 CHINGEE AT LAST

31 KRIS KENNEDY DEVOTION

32 5 STAR AKIL FEEL RIGHT

33 SLAMMER-CUTTER SHE HUSBAND MONEY

34 BLAXX HULK