Booster Shot: St. Maarten sore loser tells off soca judges

>> Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Authorities struggle with angry soca artiste
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In 40 years of St. Maarten Carnival, Tuesday night was a Senior Soca Competition like no other in beautiful Philipsburg.  Carnival Village played host to some serious bacchanal when Ricky de Phox realized he wouldn't be in the top three.

Here's how the judges saw it:

1st - King T-mo (Winner of the 2009 Senior Soca Competition)
2nd - (it was reported as) King Tempo - 382 points 
(however, to my knowledge there was no such person in the competition, possibly King Jacko)
3rd - King Stunky - 377 points 

(Out of the Ten finalists in the competition, 4 have the title King in their sobriquet) is reporting that de Phox was disqualified for breaking competition rules, however, at the time of posting (4:00 am), I have not been able to confirm exactly which rule(s) he may have broken.

Just after the results were announced, Ricky de Phox got real vex. He stormed onto the stage, snatched a microphone from the head judge and expressed his "disappointment" to the crowd. More than one hundred people were at the show to witness the spectacle.

If you don't know the name Ricky de Phox, don't be too surprised if you never hear it again! In his fit of anger he announced that he will no longer be involving himself in Carnival.

That sucks...cuz with chutzpah like that, I think I'd quite enjoy writing about him again.

What can I say, people? Axes to grind...just one more reason to love Carnival!

Love and Soca,

(Nurse) Karen

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