A million dollar first prize is guaranteed for the 2019 International Soca Monarch. But that will not be attainable for the seven “groovy soca” finalists for whom it will be tougher.
There will be a first place in the groovy category- but he or she won’t be crowned the groovy soca monarch and the prize money will be half, approximately TT$500,000.
Reigning Soca Monarch Aaron "Voice" St Louis whose rendition of the groovy classic “Year for Love” earned him the crown is not yet ready to comment on the latest developments. "No comment just yet about it,” he said on Tuesday morning, promising that he and his team will make a statement by Friday.
The changes were revealed by the new Chairman of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation Fay Ann Lyons at a meeting with artistes and managers on Monday night (see photo). Fifteen finalists- eight in the power category and seven groovy- will be chosen from the 35 contestants in the semi finals carded for Sunday, February 10th at the Arima Velodrome.
Registration for the competition started on January 21st .
All the artistes will be backed by the Asylum Vikings band.