In the end it was crowd favourites, Devin Di Dakta and Tripple A, who walked away as the winners of Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall finals on Saturday night at the Fisheries Car Park in downtown Kingston.
With the Ruff Kutt Band on stage, the right mood was set for the lyrical face-off with the top four contestants. There was high intensity when both Tripple A and Ffrench took the stage for their lyrical bout.
Despite her slip-up at the last staging, Tripple A still had her numerous supporters cheering her on even as Ffrench deejayed, “why mi haffi get a man fi clash?” There were some boos from sections of the audience as she attacked Tripple A’s ‘fluffy’ appearance. Unbothered, Tripple A replied saying, “a mi appearance mi use fi defend me.”
Tripple A even poked fun at herself noting that she forgot her lyrics before but it would not happen this time around. And, although she had a similar mishap right after uttering those words, Tripple A managed to regain her confidence and got ‘forwards’ in the process.
At the end of their clash, the judges – Miss Kitty, Professor Nuts, Skatta and guest judge Damion Crawford – all agreed that the clash ended in a tie.
But when Devin Di Dakta and Lava Vein took the stage, there were no questions about who would win. In a surgical manner, Devin gave Lava Vein no opportunity to recover from his lyrical onslaught, especially when he said, “A me di bwoy a call docta fish a because him girlfriend steam mi down this morning.”
The crowd jumped and cheered at almost every utterance from Devin, causing most of his lines to go unheard. And despite several seemingly strong efforts, Lava Vein was unable to connect with the audience that obviously found favour with Devin. In the end, the winner of that clash was quite obvious.
After the clash, all four contestants performed several songs. Tripple A gave quite the surprise when she invited her ‘twin brother’, Big Pop, to the stage. The top 10 contestants also performed their group song, but it was Innovata who got the biggest response.
When it reached to the crowning moments, there were no surprises when Devin and Tripple A got the top spot. After being announced as the winner Tripple A also shed a few tears, as she thanked her supporters.
Devin also made a major gesture when he placed his crown on Lava Vein’s head, as they have been friends since grade six and maintained their friendship when they both attended St Mary High. The audience applauded and both contestants ended by singing, Real Friends.
The winners received $1 million each, as well as a phone from Digicel. Meanwhile, the top four were all offered contracts from Esco’s Starstruck Records.