CEO and founder of Question Mark Entertainment, Simon Baptiste, has been appointed as Creative Director of the International Soca Monarch.
His nomination comes days after former chairman, Fay Ann Lyons-Alvarez renounced her position, claiming a lack of resources and time to organize this year's celebrations.
According to a post on social media, Lyons-Alvarez stated:
“I believe in giving the public a Soca Monarch they deserve and with limited time, it becomes harder to accomplish…”
Defending Soca Monarch, Voice, will perform in position number 21 in Friday's International Soca Monarch competition.
The event will start with Antigua Soca artiste, Tizzy, and will see 22 artistes vying for the $500,000 top prize.
The following is the order of appearance, following a draw for positions today.
Seasoned performers Shurwayne Winchester, Farmer Nappy, Blaxx and Patrice Roberts have all qualified for the final of the Internaional Soca Monarch competition on Fantastic Friday.
They have been named on a list of qualifiers following Sunday's Semi-Finals at the Queen's Park Savannah.
The organisers have also announced the Wildcard artistes and Carib Breakout Artistes of the Year.
The following are the lists released today:
1 AARON ST.LOUIS: VOICE
2 ADRIAN HACKSHAW: THIRD BASS
3 AKEEM CHANCE: PREEDY
4 AKIL BORNEO: 5 STAR AKIL