Thirty-six singers have been selected for the semi-final round of this year’s Chutney Soca Monarch.
The 36 were selected from a total of 65 artistes who registered for the 26th edition of the competition.
CSM said of the 65 registered artistes, 13 applications came through their agents in Canada, USA and Guyana.
The semi-final round will be pre-recorded and packaged into two segments and will be
aired on January 30 and 31 through official media partners, CNC3, Sangeet106.1 and various social media pages which include Facebook and YouTube.
CSM said the fact that the show will be pre-packaged and open only to an ‘online’ audience presents many opportunities that were never before possible.
“Over the years, Carnival’s biggest audience has now become the ‘online’ audience, and this presents opportunities for Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean artistes to showcase our culture to the world. These artistes will be our cultural ambassadors that will fly our flag for the next year,” CSM said via a release.
The event will be fashioned to a similar format as other internationally renowned TV shows
such as America’s Got Talent and Voice, and will be fun and exciting to look at.
A ‘text 2 vote’ element is being reintroduced in 2021 to make the event more interactive and more exciting for the viewing public that will now be open to persons across the globe.
CSM said the biggest challenge this year will be sponsorship.
“However, that being said, we are confident that we will be able to achieve the goals that we have set. We are still presently in talks with our annual sponsors the NLCB and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism that have been very supportive over the last 20 years of this event. Producers are also looking at setting up a link for people to be able to donate to the event if they
wish to do so. It must be reiterated, however, that the event will remain ‘free’ to the
viewing public. The option to donate will be voluntary.”
The grand final of the CSM will also be pre-recorded and packaged and will be aired on
Carnival Saturday, February 13.
The 36 Artistes that have been selected are as follows –
Joel Davis – Connector
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Daddy Chinee – Ricardo Melville
Riz & Theatrics
Prince Navin Prabhoo
Dr Tunes – Kess Ramroop
Mr Nice Vibes