The 2013 Soca Monarch Champion Jalon “Boyzie” Olive has topped the preliminary round of the SMC/LIME Soca Monarch Competition which was spread over a four-day period last week.
Boyzie scored 209 points with his song “Battalions,” just two more than Little Natty and Thunder who scored 207 points to end up in the second place position.
In an exclusive interview with THE NEW TODAY newspaper, Boyzie said this was the first time he publicly sang the song as it is still in the demo stage in preparation for its release.
The former soca monarch winner stated that he was stunned by the way patrons accepted the song when he performed it last week Saturday during the third round of the competition at the Sauteurs Bus Terminus in St. Patrick’s.
According to Boyzie, “Battalions” would be the song he will use in the other rounds of the competition and hopefully for finals on August 7 once selected by the judges.
He spoke of being anxious to retain the coveted crown that he lost last year to the Sauteurs duo of Luni Sparks and Electrify.
Boyzie believes that his chances of capturing the soca monarch title next month is great as “Battalions” was composed for the big night of the competition at the Grenada National Stadium.
He described the song as one that tells the people he does not want to participate in the competition but due to the fact that his colleagues have pushed him, he is back with a vengeance.
“It is war on the night (of the competition). No easing up, full force. No friend, but you see after the night I will shake hands with you, I will just speak with everybody as normal, but you see on soca monarch night I have no friend, the King is back for his crown,” was the message Boyzie wants to send out to his fellow competitors.
The semi-final of the competition is fixed for July 24 and the list of selected artistes includes a host of veterans who previously held the title, along with some young and upcoming artistes.
The top ten finishers who will perform in the semi-finals to be held at the Grenville Bus Terminus in St. Andrew’s are:
First position – Jalon “Boyzie” Olive (209 points)
Second position – Little Natty and Thunder (207 points)
Third position – Kennedy Mapp (199 points)
Fourth position- Terra Kid (198 points)
Fifth position – Elimus “Inspector” Gilbert, and Black Blingers (197 points)
Seventh position – Muddy (196 points)
Eighth position – Super Star (195 points)
Ninth position – Shortpree, and Baby L (194 points)
The others who booked a place in the semis are Squeeze Head, Sylum and Snake Oil, Otis and Pappy Boi, Lil Vaughn, Cloud, Boogie B, Crane, Dash, Young Sound, Shem and Sheldon, Loose Cannon, Super Flying Flint, Magas, Shally Bally, Wassy K, Mystyk, Mr. Walkie, Original Mix, Young Stunna , Zingo, Black Wizard, and Mozo.
The judges will narrow down the field to fifteen persons for the finals to be held at the national stadium.
Meanwhile, calypsonians are in the final stage of preparation for the preliminary round of the Groovy Monarch Competition which takes place this weekend.