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Magnum Kings and Queens of the Dancehall - Season Six
Those wishing to be crowned as the next representative of Dancehall royalty (at lease in TV land) are being urged to dust off their lyricism as the reality TV series Magnum Kings and Queens of the Dancehall returns for its sixth season.
The new season of the show was launched earlier this week at the TVJ Studios. The launch took the form of a faux talk show, with series host Yanique Barrett interviewing sponsors, the production team and last season’s winners, Deep Jahi and Taliban, who also delivered performances of new material.
Taliban, who won the season five tiara, revealed that she had since had since retired her stage name for a shortened version Tali. When asked why the name change, she answered with easy candor. “Well mi try fi even access Facebook and them nah take di Taliban ting at all,” she said.
New TVJ boss, Claire Clarke-Grant, challenged the next crop of contestants to come with their best. “I’d like to see the contestants come with lyrics that are cute, lyrics that are creative and lyrics that are clean,” she said.
Kings and Queens of the Dancehall returns with all three judges from the last season, Cordell ‘Scatta’ Burrell, Professor Nuts and Miss Kitty. All three judges continued to endorse the relevance of the show as well as the personal benefits being involved accrued to them. Scatta Burrell noted that being a judge brought brought about increased street credibility, complimentary services and the chance to develop young talent.
Professor Nuts pointed out that much work went into uncovering the talents and so prospective entrants should bring out their best and not rely on gimmickry. “You know how much bleach we bleach fi scrape you up all off of di carpet fi say, ‘Be somebody,?” he admonished. He therefore advised would-be contestants to let go of “foolishness” and instead come armed with good lyrics and good performances.
Show creator and Executive Producer, Mark Kenny explained the show’s genesis. He pointed out that during his time as producer for Digicel Rising Stars, he noted the number of DJ and Singjays who entered the competition, only to be left along the wayside as the show was not the right vehicle for them. A late night sighting of the video of Dancehall’s self-proclaimed king, Beenie Man’s King of the Dancehall sparked the idea.
Auditions for Kings and Queens begin on November 18, 2012, at the Wexford Hotel in Montego Bay and end on Sunday, December 16, 2012 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre, Kingston. Three additional auditions will take place on November 24 (Amnesia Night Club, Ocho Rios), December 2 (Tolans Gas Station, May Pen) and December 9 (Portmore Town Centre). The auditions will result in the select of 28 contestants, 14 males and 14 females.
Season six of Kings and Queens begins on January 5, and continues through to April 20, 2013.