BILLED as Jamaica’s number one dancehall TV show, Magnum Kings & Queens of Dancehall was launched at the Lyndhurst Road offices of TVJ on Tuesday.
The occasion saw news that the programme would spread its reach to Trinidad & Tobago for its eighth season.
“We have partnered with a TV station in T&T to carry the show. To help it along we will be having auditions in Port of Spain,” Mark Kenny, co-producer, told the Jamaica Observer.
This opens the competition to a potential victor from the twin island republic. Also announced was a partnership with $tar Struck Records to help bring the competition winners to the next level.
Sanjay Ramanand, co-producer, explained that the 2015 champions will receive a two-year recording contract with the label, giving them access to professional recording equipment, along with managerial and career advice.
Judges Khadine ‘Miss Kitty’ Hylton, Cordell ‘Scatta’ Burrell and Professor Nuts confirmed their return for the new season, with companion programme Digicel Endz getting a new host in the form of comedian Dufton Shepherd. There will also be a host of after-parties during the finals.
“Dancehall is indigenous to Jamaica and the show provides a refreshing of the talent in the industry,” Hylton said.
With auditions set to start on November 8 in Savanna-la-Mar, the launch also doubled as a recording of the contest’s season seven retrospective to be shown on TVJ this Saturday.
Guests were treated to the premiere music videos from previous Magnum King Krushal and Magnum Queen Kadyah ‘Candy K’ Thomas. Krushal’s Tek Set was a humorous look at money-hungry females, while Thomas’s Me Name Candy K played on her sexy but tough dancehall persona.
“It’s been a good experience for me,” Thomas said about her post-contest time.
Before providing the studio audience with a rousing freestyle, she noted with pride of the fact that she’s used some of the one million-dollar prize money to further her education.
Sidelined by chik-V, Krushal was subbed in by his 2014 show rival Hydal