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