The seventh Season of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall is in full swing with the 5th and final auditions set to take place this Sunday (December 15) at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre in Kingston.
With over 2000 talented Jamaicans Auditioned so far in Sav-La-Mar, Ocho Rios, May Pen and Portmore, Kingston is expected to carry the biggest crowd; attracting all those who have tried and failed to secure a place at the other four auditions as well as those who have waited until the last minute to show their talent.
Marketing Director, Wines & Spirits at J. Wray & Nephew Limited, Gary Dixon, says Kingston is the heartbeat of Dancehall so it is only natural for it to host the biggest and most exciting of the 5 auditions: “Every year Kingston continues to impress and this year we expect no different. Over the past 6 seasons some of the best talent to grace the Magnum stage were unearthed at the Kingston Auditions. Kingston will be the last chance to get Into the competition this year and based on history people from all over Jamaica will be there to show the best of their talent.”
Judges Miss Kitty, Skatta and Professor Nuts select the best from each auditions. These auditions’ finalists are placed in a pool for the Judges to then deliberate and select the Top 28 Live Show finalists (14 Princes and 14 Princesses) who will compete for the title of 2014 Magnum King and Queen of Dancehall.
The Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre will be buzzing with activity this Sunday December 15 between 9am and 3pm when talent from all corners of Jamaica will seek their final chance to Be the Boss by taking the first step towards Magnum stardom.
On Saturday March 5th Jamaica’s number one dancehall talent show will return to TV. The 4th season of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall will premier on TVJ fresh and clean on Saturday nights with a new host, new venue, new audition format and, as expected, a brand new set of princes and princesses all vying to take the Magnum crown with all the trimmings.
With the exit of Empress, the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall producers did and open audition to find a new host for the hit show. They searched far and wide for a talent who could embody the essence of the show while at the same time bring their own flavour and style to the Magnum Stage. After auditioning numerous interested host hopefuls the producers decided on Yanique Barrett.
Yanique Barrett embodies all of the swag and flavour that Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall has come to symbolise over the last three seasons and she is ready for the Magnum stage. She has pledged to fulfil the mantra of the show which is to usher in a fresh new crop of dancehall princes and princesses for the public’s viewing pleasure: “It’s a dream come true. I am so happy that I will be able to do what I love while at the same time helping the young and talented to buss.”
For the fourth season Judges Ms Kitty, Scatta Burrell and Professor Nuts return to bring added excitement and insightful comments to the Magnum stage. The Judges will select 5 princes and 5 princesses from each of the 5 audition location. After deliberations they will select the Top 20 Live Show finalists (10 Princes and 10 Princesses). The Magnum Top 20 will be announced to Jamaica on two live shows to be aired on TVJ starting on Saturday March 19. The 20 finalists will then compete for the Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall crown and $1 Million.
Auditions will take place in February 2011 at 5 locations across the island for one day only from 9AM – 3PM.Ocho Rios Saturday February 5 Amnesia Nite Club Montego Bay Sunday February 6 The Wexford Hotel May Pen Saturday February 12 Bargain Village Car Park Portmore Sunday February 13 Club Afrodiziac Kingston Saturday February 19 Ranny Williams Centre
Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall have returned for a fourth with all the swagger and flavour of past years but with some new changes that will definitely excite. The number one Dancehall talent show will continue to showcase the best and freshest Dancehall talent ever to premiere on Jamaican TV. The interactive talent competition filmed live in Kingston, has energized television viewers for the past 3 years and will continue to do so as the fashion, lyrical battles and intense competition will be stepped up a notch as the show continues to showcase authentic Jamaican talent in 2011.
The Police High Command says investigators have now collected 15 statements in their probe into the beating and shooting death of St Ann man Ian Lloyd by the police last Thursday.
Lloyd, who was also known as ‘Ching Sing’ was beaten and then shot dead by the police in a video recorded incident in full view of residents.
He had allegedly earlier stabbed 66-year-old Lovelita Wilson to death.
The high command says eight of the statements were provided by police personnel and the other seven by members of the public.
At the same time, the Major Investigation Taskforce (MIT) which has taken over the case is appealing to anyone with information to call 948-1329 or 922-5344.
A postmortem has been scheduled for tomorrow on the body Lloyd.
Meanwhile, three policemen remain in custody in connection with Ching Sing’s killing.
Oswest Senior Smith, the lawyer representing two of the policeman has filed a writ of habeas corpus in the St Ann Resident Magistrate Court demanding that his clients be either charged or released.
Resident Magistrate Carolyn Tie is expected to make a ruling on the application tomorrow.
Senior Smith has accused the St Ann police of disregarding the rights of the policemen by holding them in custody without charge.
He has also taken issue with the fact that investigators have yet not completed their probe.