Rikki Jai 3The finalists for this year’s Lotto Plus Chutney Soca Monarch, has been announced.

This after 43 contestants appeared at the Semi Final stage last Saturday at Rienzi Complex, Couva.

The 20 finalist were released by Southex Promotions today.


They are:

VEEKASH SAHADEO                               RAVI B

RIKKI JAI                                                      SALLY SAGRAM

RICK RAMOUTAR                                    OMADATH MAHARAJ

HUNTER                                                        KI PERSAD

NISHARD MEHRU                                    BLAXX

ANAND YANKERAN                                KENNETH SUPERSAD

ADESH SAMAROO                                     RESHMA RAMLAL

HEMLATHA DINDIAL                             SNAKEY – HEAVEN CHARLES

NADIA MADOO                                           CRAZY – EDWIN AYOUNG

OLATUNJI                                                      KAVITA MAHARAJ

Reigning Chutney Soca Monarch, Raymond Ramnarine, yesterday said he will not be defending his title.

Ramnarine said not receiving his full prize money for winning the Monarch last year was only one of the reasons for him not defending the crown.

Last year’s $1 million dollar first prize was sponsored by the Ministry of Arts and Multiculturalism.

However, Ramnarine only received $800,000 dollars.

Southex Promotions chief executive officer, George Singh said last month this year’s competition was in jeopardy as funding was not yet confirmed by the ministry. But days later, he announced, that the show will go on following discussions with the minister.

The Grand Final scheduled for Saturday 15th February at Skinner Park, San Fernando