'Magnum' down to Super Six

Friday, May 19, 2017

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The Super Six were showcased on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall at D'Entrance on Constant Spring last Saturday. Rankin Pumpkin yet again defied the odds to remain in the mix. Bad Gyal Bambi lost her place to the 42-year-old Japanese native to place fourth in the Queens' competition. Male contestant Tatik suffered a similar fate.The Super Six performed twice to earn spots in the semi-finals. Deejay Ninja sat in for resident judge Skatta Burrell who was travelling. He declared that Ali Ferrari's performance of Herbalist reminded him of Lady G and Sister Nancy.

Male entrant Compass once again showed his command of the stage and crowd with Magnum Tonic a Mek di Gyal Dem Panic.

“Your voice is very powerful. I am proud to see your development. You have all the ingredients for a hit song,” said resident judge Professor Nuts.

Rankin Pumpkin shook off her nervousness to perform Mi Nuh Mix Up Inna Babylon, while Vanzo's Big Ooman impressed guest judge I-Octane.

“Even if you nuh win, nuh worry. Yuh still a guh buss,” I-Octane told the aspiring deejay.

Suspense, once again, took charge with Bad Gyal Medley, while Symatic's Naah Mind Nuh Man garnered a huge forward.

For the second round of performances, the top three princes and princesses continued to impress the judges to declare that they were already “ready fi di road”. Buss It Up chanted Ali Ferrari as she strutted across the stage to lead a singalong with the audience. Compass continued to serenade the ladies with My Kinda Gyal.

Rankin Pumpkin took resident judge Miss Kitty's advice to dance more on stage while she delivered Money Is Root Of All Evil. Her set drew commendation from Ninja Man, who suggested that Jamaica needed to see someone like her in the competition.

Vanzo showed his other side with Just Ah Easy and drew rave reviews.

The showgirl, Suspense, costumed as the grim reaper, declared she was the war goddess, much to the crowd's pleasure.

“You ah lead! You command the crowd, your outfit on point and your utilisation of the stage shows you are ready for the business,” said I-Octane.

To close the show, Symatic all but secured his spot in the finals with Hard Bamma. The performance had all in frenzy and even led Ninja Man to declare: “Mi feel like mi waah jump inna di war when mi not even involve inna it. This is the way to make the finals!”

Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall continues on Saturday. The male and female winner of the contest will each receive $1.5 million.




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