Feb 17, 2009 News
By Alex Wayne
After a night of steamy competition at the National Park on Sunday, it was the sexy and captivating Shellon ‘Shelly G’ Garraway who was declared the new Carib Soca Monarch, much to the delight of the large audience.
Almost the entire audience was mouthing the fact that “Shelly G’, as she is popularly known, was more than ready this year to whisk away the crown, taking into consideration that her presentation was sleek, her costume phenomenal and, of course, her back-up dancers were selected from the best in the city.
The hysterically screaming supportive audience sealed the deal for the new Soca Queen, as their thunderous applause for sure must have added many valued points to her score.
Shelly G performed ‘Work It,’ and put on such a sizzling show that her position was declared by the festive crowd long before the judges’ decision was announced.
The new queen took home $750,000, while her runners-up, Melissa ‘Vanilla’ Roberts, and Wilbur ‘Lilman’ Levans, were awarded $400, 000 and $200, 000 respectively.
Carting off the prize for ‘Best Newcomer’ was Mark ‘Anaconda’ Batson, winning for himself $100,000.
After riveting renditions by the Brutal Jammers Band, the first to hit the stage was Batson, whose performance was explosive as he belted out the pulsating ‘Festival Fever’.
His act was good and entertaining, and in keeping with his song title, his dancers seemed to be gripped in the throes of ‘some other fever’.
Next on stage was Orlando ‘Bonesman’ Johansen, who performed ‘Anyhow Ah Coming’ with so much energy that it spilled over to sections of the audience.
Then came the duo ‘Fire Clan,’ whose ‘Tsunami’ was fairly okay but confusing at some sections, since many in the audience complained of not being able to follow their lead.
Talented sisters Nancy and Nichole, calling themselves ‘Reflections’, by far had the best vocal skills in the entire competition. Their song, ‘Ghetto Loving,’ was truly a unique and creative mix of dancehall, Soca and reggae flavours, which brought a fresh new taste to the competition. However, had they put a little more fire into their performance, they might have placed among the top three finalists.
Vanilla, dressed in a sexy black and gold costume, truly upped her act since the semifinals, putting extra sizzle and zest into her performance. She exited the stage gyrating on a constructed wooden platform carried on the shoulders of four robust and stunning hunks, as the crowd screamed their approval.
Beverly Williams did a very impressive execution of ‘Sharon’s Abuse,’ which really hit home to the female audience. Many, at the end of the show, voiced their opinion that she was one of the contestants expected to place in the Soca Monarch clash.
Not to mince matters, one has to admit that Roger ‘Brains’ Hassel was a total mess, and surely did not use his brains at all. Many wondered why he did not just launch into ‘gibberish’ throughout his lengthy and confusing act. His ‘Baby Just Wine on Me’ was a piece more suited for a new porn soap opera.
Clinton ‘Passion’ Adolphus was not bad this year around, and his rendition of ‘No Judge’ was spectacular.
Newcomer Tomeeka Thomas’s entrance was truly sensual and almost erotic. She was carried in a basket by male dancers, and emerged ‘writhing and convulsing snakelike’ on stage, before her gold sari was whisked away to reveal a skimpy shimmering costume that left little to the imagination.
She was a strong contender, but somewhere along the line she lost her judgment between sexy and vulgar. Her ‘Wine and Shake’ presentation was enjoyed by the revellers but apparently not by the judges.
Something must have gone wrong with Wilbur ‘Lilman’ Levan’s circuit, since his performance lacked the customary volcanic eruption he evokes when entertaining or competing. His ‘Circuit Overload’ was either affected by mismatched fuses or a wire was connected wrongly somewhere along the line. Nonetheless, he was well applauded for his efforts, which still remain raunchy and electric.
The duo ‘Purssanility’ was very good female singers but needed to make better use of the stage. While their verbal crowd manipulation skills sounded as though recited from a handbook, it was their expressions and failure to connect with the crowd that may have put them out of the top finishers. They did manage to ‘work up a sweat’ and ‘Get Wet’ anyway, as their song suggested.
Many have agreed that the competition this year saw intense creativity and onstage versatility from most of the competitors.
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