Massive in Chutney Soca Monarch semis
George Singh, CEO of Southex Promotions with 2017 CSM winners Omardath Maharaj and Ravi B
Nermal "Massive" Gosein has made it to the semifinals of the Chutney Soca Monarch.
Gosein's name was among the 34 semifinalists announced on Monday at a media launch for CSM. One hundred people registered for the competition.
The singer, whose controversial "Rowlee Mother Count" has elicited criticism from People's National Movement supporters and others, will vie for one of only eight spots in the finals.
Among those who will also be in the semis is newcomer Rome, former Chutney Soca Monarch Rikki Jai and Crazy.
Missing from the list was former winner KI Persad. Goerge Singh, CEO of Southex Promotions, said Persad did not register for the show this year.
The semifinalists will be vying to take the crowns away from 2017 joint winners Omardath Maharaj and Ravi B.
At the launch, Singh said Ravi had not yet made a decision to defend his crown and urged him to do so.
In his address, Singh spoke about plans to monetise the CSM in 2019 through digital media initiatives. He said the online audience for the event is now much larger than those actually attending the finals with over 70,000 people logged online to take in the show.
The semifinals will take place on Saturday, January 13 at LIV Nightlife, Gulf View, La Romaine.
The Semifinalists are as follows:
2. Devanand Gattoo
6.Rome - Jerome Precilla
9.Nishard Mayroo/Neval Chatelal
10.Shivan Ragoonath/Slammer Cutter
11.Wackerman - Kerron Tyron Williams
12. Neil Bhajman
13. Surendra Ramoutar
14. Veekash Sahadeo/Ravi Babooram
15. Kenneth Salick
16. Rick Ramoutar
17. Saleem Beharry
18. Nermal Gosein
19. Vishan Mohammed
20. Imran Beharry
21. Kavita Maharaj
22. Avinash Sookraj
23. Crazy - Edwin Ayoung
24. Kumar Sienarine
25. Jesh Ramnanan
26. Ramnarine Prabhoo
27. Nigel Gobin
28. Vee ram Vishnu Ramkaran
29. Anil Rock
30. Alex B
31. Veejai Ramkissoon
32. Mario Jitman
33. Mr Rave Lochan Ragoobir
34. Rikki Jai