THERE WILL BE NO RESERVE in the Party Monarch semi-finals as Leadpipe and Saddis have told the National Cultural Foundation (NCF) to count them out.
Their manager, Ingrid Holder, told the DAILY NATION on Sunday night that they would not wait to see if they got to compete. Instead, they would focus on their Crop Over and overseas commitments.
“They decided Sunday after some discussion after the list of the semi-finalists was released. They only entered the Party Monarch, so I have already notified the NCF of the decision.”
Holder said the space was now vacant for the next person who had the next highest points after Leadpipe and Saddis to have a shot.
However, the NCF said there would be no reserve.
“The rule does not provide for a replacement for the reserve to be named. However, in the event that a competitor withdraws for any reason, before the rehearsals end, the person with the next highest score would be chosen as a replacement. This is done to ensure that the competitor will have an equal opportunity for rehearsals and be able to compete on a level playing field,” corporate communications specialist Simone Codrington said.
Meanwhile, some of the artistes who didn’t get into either the Sweet Soca or Party Monarch semis are seeking answers from the NCF.
Two calypsonians who spoke to the DAILY NATION on condition of anonymity, want the NCF to let them know why they didn’t make the cut.
“I don’t know what the judges didn’t like or if I was disqualified or if the songs didn’t fit the criteria. I might have to ask the NCF for the reasons,” said one.
A veteran kaisonian who has won many crowns, said: “We have been asking the NCF for years to tell us where we went wrong. Even at the semis of the Pic-O-De-Crop we have asked for feedback so as to what to do and not do in the future.”
When contacted yesterday, Hypa Sounds, who for the first time in four years did not make the semis of Sweet Soca, said he had three songs “that fit the criteria and I entered Liquor. I didn’t get in but life goes on”.
Former monarch Mikey said he was disappointed in only making one of the semis.
“I’m thankful and excited about Party Monarch. A little disappointed about Sweet Soca but that’s all a part of it.”
Adisa Andwele, NCF event producer, has asked the 32 semi-finalists to bring their lyric, stems and music to the NCF tomorrow.