Soca artistes pose for a picture with their position numbers after the draw for the International Soca Monarch finals Power category at the NLCB Box, Queen’s Park Oval, yesterday. The finals will be held on Friday 21.

With defending Soca Monarch Hol­lice “Mr Killa” Mapp opting out of the competition this year, all eyes will be on Iwer George whose collaboration with Kes the Band “Stage Gone Bad” has won the hearts of soca lovers across the country.

George will take the stage in the seventh position in the Power Soca category at the International Soca Monarch (ISM) competition on Fantastic Friday (February 21.)

In a brief interview yesterday with Guardian Media, ISM’s creative director Simon Baptiste confirmed that Mr Killa would not be defending his title this year.

Baptiste said he met with Mr Killa’s team earlier this week and while he described the meeting as cordial and productive, he said Mr Killa was not budging on his decision to pull out of the competition.

He said Mr Killa maintained that he did not have enough time to prepare.

George meanwhile has been rooting for his fourth Soca Monarch title for years, after last having captured the title in 2007 with ‘Fete after fete.’

In the Groovy category, 2019 Groovy Monarch Marvin ‘Swappi’ Davis will perform in 12th position.

There are 12 performers in each category.

Performers in the Power Soca category will take the stage in the following order:

1- Lawrence Adams, ‘Mr Renzo’- Soca Mambo

2- Jerome Precilla, ‘Rome’- Easy to Break

3- Mical Williams, ‘Mical Teja’- Bumper Murder

4- AkeemChance, ‘Preedy’ -Shell It

5- Kellon and Kelson Ogiste, Luni Spark & Electrify- Bacchanal Party.

6- Stephenson Marshall, ‘Shal Marshall’- Bun Up.

7- Neil George, Iwer George- Stage Gone Bad

8-Devon Samuel, Prophet Benjamin- Betty Cat

9- Olatunji Yearwood, Olatunji- Thankful

10- Shertz James, Problem Child- Nasty Up

11- Devon Martin, Lyrikal- Rukshun

12- Akel Mc Lean, Trinidad Ghost- I Ain’t See

Performers in the Groovy category will take the stage in the following order:

1- Osvaldo Reid, Leadpipe- Sometime

2-Asten Issac- IOU

3- Jerome Precilla, Rome- Good Good

4- Allister Mc Quilkin, Rayzor- Dred Tabanka

5- Kerry John- Go Away

6- Akeem Chance, Preedy- Yuh Bad

7- Andre Houlder, Ding Dong- Outside

8- Jesse Stewart, College Boy Jesse- Happy Song

9- Dexter Stewart, Blaxx- Canboulay

10- Shirlan George, Skinny Banton- Wrong Again

11- Anderson Mc Phee, Isaiah- Soca Slide

12- Marvin Davis, Swappi- Jumbie Head