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‘Iwer’ is International Soca Monarch 2007

By Denise Balgobin Sunday, February 18 2007

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Neil “Iwer” George convincingly “mashed up” the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Friday night, to capture the title of International Soca Monarch 2007, with his runaway hit, “Fete After Fete”.

During Iwer’s performance, it seemed like everyone in the venue was jumping and waving to his directions. So when the judges called out the final results minutes before 5 am yesterday, no one was surprised.

The title of Groovy Soca Monarch went to Biggie Irie of Barbados with “Nah Going Home”, making him the first ever non-Trinbagonian to cop the top prize.

Last year’s double winner, Shurwayne Winchester proved he had the crowd support when he was named as the bmobile People’s Choice winner in both categories. He eventually placed third and fourth in the Power and Groovy competitions respectively.

Another favourite from the semi-finals, Nadia Batson, scored in both categories, placing second and third respectively in the Power and Groovy. After her performances, Nadia stated backstage that she was pleased with the crowd response. “It feels good to know I have the support of the public. While I know this is a competition, it is not all about competing for me. I want to be known as an artiste who has brought something positive to our culture. I love writing and singing,” she admitted. Fans were shocked and felt cheated when they realised Patrice Roberts didn’t place in the top four in Groovy and ended up in fourth place in the Power Soca Monarch.

Central contender, Blazer Dan proved he was here to stay in the Soca industry with his highly seductive performance of “Be Mine Tonight”.

Crazy held his own against the younger stars, bringing out a quartet of winer girls who all fell prey to his prowess in “Cold Sweat”.

Despite a good performance, he didn’t find too much favour with the judges.

Patrons praised promoters, Caribbean Prestige Foundation, for producing a well-organised and smoothly executed competition, especially since it was at a new venue.

Many in the crowd were pleased the show was held in the Stadium, since there was enough seating and accommodation for party lovers when they got tired during the eight-hour long event.

The concept of ticket prices including drinks was well-received by patrons who failed to “buss the bar” according to some overzealous Soca Monarch die hard fans in the crowd. CPF Communications Specialist Janelle Forrester explained, “It was something new we decided to try and it has worked out well.”

The heavy security presence proved successful in deterring possible fights or scuffle.

There were no reports of cars being stolen up to the end of the show, with the only mishaps being a few lost wallets and cel phones.

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