Iwer out of Soca Monarch as semi-finalists revealed
Iwer George has been a Soca Monarch staple for years winning the title three times.
But come Thursday when the semifinalists take the stage for a spot in the finals, George, the self-proclaimed 'water boss' will not be there.
George's name was conspicuously absent when the list was revealed on Monday afternoon.
When contacted by Loop, he said he didn't enter the competition since his sons, Marlon de Manager and Keel, had submitted their music for the preliminaries and he thought it was time to give the youngsters a chance to shine.
They weren't chosen for the semis, however.
George has one of the biggest songs of the season with his 'Savannah' one of the top contenders for the Road March title.
He isn't the only soca artist with a big song to shun the International Soca Monarch this year.
Nailah Blackman, Patrice Roberts, Erphaan Alves, Preedy, Shal Marshall and Sekon Sta are among those who didn't submit their music for consideration.
Blaxx is the only veteran on the list of 35 which includes newcomers such as Rome and the band LFS Music from New York.
The semifinals will take place on Thursday at the Savannah from 6 pm.
The semifinalists are:
- 5 STAR AKIL
- AARON DUNCAN
- ASTEN ISAAC, RIKKI JAI, YANKEY BOY
- DAWG -E- SLAUGHTER
- EDDIE CHARLES
- FARMER NAPPY
- HOLLYWOOD HP
- KRIS KENNEDY
- LFS MUSIC
- MARLON ASHER
- MIGHTY & SUBANCE
- OMARDARTH MAHARAJ
- ORLANDO OCTAVE
- S.O. KING
- SHRADAH MC INTYRE
- SINGER BOY SERGIO
- SLAMMER CUTTER
- TRINIDAD GHOST