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Artistes raise the bar, impress judges
Judges spent more than 12 hours at the Cascadia Hotel, St Ann’s, yesterday adjudicating the 300-plus entries in the preliminary round of the 2012 Soca Monarch Competition. A reported 250 entries were received in the Groovy category, while 130 were submitted for the Power segment of the competition. Chief judge Josephine Torrel-Taylor assigned five judges to each category from which an undisclosed number will advance to the semi-final round scheduled for Sunday, January 29 at the Arima Velodrome. “It’s difficult to say at this stage how many would go on to the semis,” she said.
“A lot will depend on the quality of compositions submitted and whether they meet the judging criteria. It would appear from what we have heard so far that the standard has climbed another notch.” Taylor assumed the role of chief judge for the first time this year, but has been an adjudicator for several years. She is also associated with the “Pan in the Classroom” project operated by the Ministry of Education. William Munroe, chairman and founder of Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF), host of the competition, said he was optimistic that the first prize would again be $2 million as “it is not good business to drop prize money.”
He said in 2013 he wants to form associations with a number of Government ministries, inclusive of Tourism, National Security, Transport, Trade and Industry, Foreign Affairs and Arts and Multiculturalism to secure a US$1 million first prize for the Power Soca Monarch and US$.5 million for the Groovy Soca Monarch. “If we get everybody on board we can achieve it and take the Soca Monarch Competition to another level,” Munroe said.
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