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No Power, Groovy Soca Monarch for Carnival 2016

THE Power and Groovy categories have been dropped from next year’s Soca Monarch Competition, which will now be a straight Soca Show, according to Peter Scoon, Chairman of Caribbean Prestige Foundation, organisers of the show. Scoon said there will be no live broadcast of the finals of Soca Monarch, no live streaming, or pay-per-view broadcast and the results will not be announced at the end of the show.

Scoon made these announcements on Tuesday night at an (International Soca Monarch) ISM 2016 artistes’ forum at the Diamond and Topaz Rooms at the Hyatt Regency, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain. Scoon said the Soca Monarch show will be launched November 20, at 5pm on the Brian Lara Promenade, Port-of-Spain, opposite Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). He said only the semi-finals of the show will be shown live on CNC3 television. 

The finals at the National Stadium will be recorded, edited and will be shown on CNC3 on Carnival Saturday night. There will be a special package for international cable television, pay-per-view and streaming live television. He said he is aiming for a top class show similar to “The Voice” and the results will be announced at the end of that show. 

Scoon said auditors will take charge of the score sheets after the finals, and secure them until the announcement of the results. 

Questioned by the artistes about the broadcast of Panorama, he said that show would be carried live on the State-owned television station CNMG, but his show would end long before Panorama. 

According to Scoon, the Soca Monarch show was too long and he was aiming for an edited production of about three hours which he said was good for international television. 

He said there were too many gaps between performances, because of the changeover times between artistes which he said could be anywhere from three to ten minutes and more, if the changeover involved props and musicians. 

He said 50 artistes will compete in the semi-finals of the show and 15 will be chosen to go forward to the finals, with another two nominated through social media, or selected by the public. 

The show will maintain the breakout category where additional artistes will be given an opportunity to perform. Scoon said there will be special prizes for different categories of music, although he couldn’t give details about that, or say what the prizes would be. 

He said he had met that day with Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts, Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly and proposed to take the top five Soca artistes to work with the top five music producers in the world in order to help the local artistes refine their craft “to get our music mainstream.” Although he couldn’t give a budget for the show because he said no boards were in place as yet. 

The government, he added, could not say how much it would contribute to Soca Monarch until it was discussed and agreed by Cabinet. 

Scoon said there would be an improved prize structure, stressing that, “even the last place will be happy. It will be vastly improved.”



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