FIVE-TIME Party Monarch Lil Rick could be a six-time king or two kings of the road could just as easily get their first taste of being crowned monarchs of the party.
Lil Rick, and Ras Iley and Grynner were the two standout acts at the end of the MQI/98.1 The One Soca Royale Party Monarch Final. They managed to bring alive an almost dead party crowd and trigger a resounding reaction from the thousands at Bushy Park.
The Hypa Dawg defended his title with plenty of Energy. Dressed in all white and surrounded by dancers, he worked the stage and stirred the crowd. As expected, he brought the magic to the finals and ought to have done well enough to impress the judges.
Although at position No.1, Lil Rick performed as if he had drawn No.9. It made no difference that he was the first man on stage.
The duo of Ras Iley and Grynner singing D 2 Ah We did a great job of rocking the audience. With the words Kaiso Nursing Home behind them, the stage veterans had arguably the best presentation.
Veterans Ras Iley and Grynner rocked the crowd.
They were full of energy and connected with the crowd and, hopefully, the judges. By the end of the prancing, dancing and wining, a voice was heard saying that both would be booked in at Bayview for medical attention next day as an ambulance drove by.
Running them close was Mikey with Feting and Brass. He was also dressed in white and effectively used the Grass Skirt Posse at the end of his performance to show what feting was all about. That went down well and it helped that the former Party Monarch played the opening bars of Edwin Yearwood’s popular party tune Yardie.
Peter Ram had one of the more infectious songs in the competitions but failed to deliver it vocally. The 2015 monarch’s use of aerialists hanging upside down at the side of the stage was effective. However, his attempt at a picong at the end failed, as his diction was not clear.
Mr Blood was excellent vocally as he delivered Leggo. The former monarch had good props and put everything into his performance. However, he failed to connect with the crowd.
Mistah Dale’s Soca Fameleez was warm to watch and hear. He did well to deliver a song of unity while partying but the audience response was tepid.
Rameses’ Cock failed to crow even with the inclusion of the likes of media personalities Natlee and Sherriann Norris in his presentation.
The two females and first-timers had two different performances. Faith Run It on stage but surely did not run it in the competition.
Saffiyah, who was the last contestant, must be commended for doing well with Tun Up and brought a freshness to the competition of stakeholders.
The crowd came out to party.