It was the come-back that wasn’t.
The First Couple of Soca – Fay-Ann Lyons and Bunji Garlin have pulled out of the International Power Soca and Groovy Soca Monarch contests, just a few weeks after they had announced that they had returned to the contest which they have dominated over the years.
And once again, contractual issues have been the issue.
According to the Express, the soca stars “took exception to … the rule that winners must give back to the Caribbean Prestige Foundation (CPF) five per cent of the winnings.
Also, the winners must defend the respective titles the following year, or they will have to pay back 90 per cent of the prize money.
Another clause the artistes are objecting to in the contract is that the winners must attend the prize distribution ceremony wherever it may be, here at home or abroad.”
Hm. Fair enough. Of course, this is not the first time that Fay-Ann and Bunji have taken issue with the contractual demands of the Caribbean Prestige Foundation – in fact, their issues with the 5% deduction go back to 2009, when Fay-Ann swept everything.
Of course, since Carnival is bacchanal, there is plenty of speculation that the duo pulled out because they ‘fraid’ Machel Montano.
But… and call me biased because y’all know I back Fay-Ann without apology – that is nonsense.
CPF head honcho William Munro said himself that the power couple topped their respective preliminaries and fretted about “how the public is going to take this news because everybody was so happy when they returned.”
And really, was anything beating Differentology this year? I don’t think so!
Still, it is disappointing, especially with the big comeback of the original Soca Monarch, Fay-Ann’s father Super Blue. I was really, really looking forward to seeing the family match up this year.