International Soca Monarch Finalists Announced

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The International Soca Monarch (ISM) has released the list of finalists that will be competing for the coveted title.

Vincentians Hance John and Shertz “Problem Child” James competed at the semi-finals on Sunday (Feb. 2), representing St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Problem Child competed with his hit “Nasty Up”, while Hance went in with his 2019 Ragga Soca Monarch win “Uptown Party”.

See Hance’s performance below;

See Hance’s performance below;

Problem Child made the cut, being the third name on the list. Hance, however was not so fortunate.

The ISM has revealed that there will be a new category at the 2020 ISM competition.

According to ISM Chairman Simon Baptiste, the “Fan Fave Save” will feature one artiste who entered the competition but did not place. Based solely on their socials, the person can be voted in by simply going to the ISM’s Instagram page and liking their picture.

Baptiste said, “A top 5 will be released on our IG page later this evening. The specific promotion will end on Tuesday February 4th 202 at 11:59p.m.”

The finalists were also revealed; see below who will battle for the crown in the Power and Groovy categories on Fantastic Friday night.

Fantastic Friday – International Soca Monarch Finals will take place at Queen’s Park Savannah, Port of Spain on Friday February 21st from 6pm.


Mr. Killa (returning Champion)- Soca Monster

Lyrikal- Rukshun

Problem Child- Nasty Up

Olatunij- Thankful

Iwer George- Stage Gone Bad

Trinidad Ghost- I Ain’t See

Shall Marshall- Bun Up

Prophet Benjamin- Betty Cat

Luni Spark and Electrify- Bachannal Party

Preedy- Shell It

Mical Teja- Bumper Murder

Rome- Easy to Break



Swappi- (returning Champion) Feeling It

College Boy Jesse- Happy Song

Blaxx- Canboulay

Ding Dong- Outside

Skinny Banton- Wrong Again

Isaiah- Soca Slide

Preedy- Yuh Bad

Kerry John- Go Away

Rayzor- Dread Tabanca

Rome- Good Good

Asten Isaac- I.O.U

Leadpipe- Sometimes