Critics: Soca Monarch Semis Disappointing

Several much-anticipated acts fell flat vocally during a series of uninspired displays that left fans disappointed and social media abuzz with scathing criticism.

Dancehall soca sensation Pternsky (Ronny Boyce), with his immensely popular “Non Stop”, and Patrice Roberts, “Money Done”, were perhaps the worst of the lot.

Pternsky was way off the key played by the backing A Team band, while the usually on-point Roberts hit some notes to make a politician cringe.

Breakout artiste Voice (Aaron St Louis), meanwhile, failed to capitalise on the momentum of his runaway Carnival hit “Cheers to Life”. The occasion seemed to get the better of the San Juan-based crooner, who failed to duplicate the charisma and impressive vocal range he has demonstrated on the fete circuit.

The Bajan duo of Peter “Ram” Wiggins and King Bubba (Adam Elias) were completely off the pace. Their lack of physical preparation showed as both men were always a millisecond behind the beat during out-of-breath performances of “All Ah We” and “Mash Up”, respectively.

hird Bass (Adrian Hackshaw) and Farmer Nappy (Daryl Henry) had no such problems, however. Bass turned the venue inside out getting the entire crowd to wave plant-like substances during an entertaining performance of his monster hit “Bum Bum (Stush). And when he invited the original bush man herbalist Trevor Sayers on stage, much to the amusement of the feteing crowd, his passage to the final was secured.

Antiguan Ricardo Drue, singing “Professional”, Preedy (Akeem Chance)“Veteran” and Shal Marshall with “Party”, while not at their best, also did enough to warrant a place in the final.

They will all be chasing St Lucian Teddyson John, however, come Fantastic Friday night. The “Allez Allez” man gave a master class in performance art, striking the perfect balance between energy on stage and crowd engagement all while maintaining vocal integrity. Via: Trinidad Express