On the list of the 62 names of artists participating in the semi-finals of the International Soca Monarch competition to be held on Fantastic Friday (February 5), The Queen of Bachannal- Destra Garcia will not be one of them.
According to reports, the female Soca powerhouse decided not to enter because she was tired of the stress of the competition. Garcia also mentioned that she wants to put more of her energies into developing her Queen of Bacchanal brand as well as other ventures.
“Every year I have entered Soca Monarch it was to try and cop the title but I realised some of my happiest years in terms of enjoying the Carnival was in the six years I did not enter,” said the Queen of Bacchanal in an interview with LoopTT.
“I re-entered after I had Xai because the fans wanted me to but in the past couple years it has been really stressful planning a performance and on the night something always seem to go wrong. I am of the realisation now that I am not a competition artiste, I don’t do my best, I always get nervous, I freeze up.”
Garcia now follows the reigning Soca Monarch King Machel Montano who announced last year that he would not be competing in the 2016 soca monarch competition.
Despite the sad news, Destra Garcia will not be missing from the Carnival. Her QoB concert tickets have already went on sale! The show will be held on February 3rd at the O2 Park.