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FLASHBACK 2020: SOUTHEX CEO George Singh, centre, poses for a photo with chutney artistes during the media launch of Chutney Soca Monarch (CSM) at Paprika Bistro, Gulf City Mall, San Fernando.

Only fully vaccinated artistes, band members, musicians, handlers, workers, stage hands etc will be allowed into the venue for the upcoming Chutney Soca Monarch competition.

This is just one of the stipulations outlined by Southex, organisers of the 2022 edition of the annual competition.

The semi final, which is being held in a sterile environment, will see 25 artistes competing using instrumental track in front of a judging panel. They will be recorded and 25 video clips will be created and posted on social media for another part of the judging process as the public will also have the opportunity to like, view and share the clips. A text to vote element will be in place from the semi final stage. This will be done with no audience, as strict public health protocols will be followed.

The Semi Final clips will be released on February 1, while the Grand Final will be aired on February 26.

The Grand Final will see ten artistes competing on a stage with a full theatrical production. Two major titles will be up for grabs—Chutney Soca Monarch and Queen of Chutney Soca.

B-mobile has signed on as the official telecommunications provider for the event, while TTT is the official TV provider, and U97 the official Radio station.

E-Networks in Guyana has also been confirmed as the official TV/Cable network in Guyana and they will carry the event simultaneously with all the other providers. The event will also be streamed to the world via the Southex ‘Live’ Events pages on YouTube.

Registration for this event closes on Monday. Artistes have registered from Guyana, Canada, USA and Trinidad & Tobago.

All artistes that qualify for the Grand Final must be in Trinidad for the event. Southex will be guided by all health protocols stipulated by the Ministry of Health.