Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I Won' - says Reggae Queen - Executive producer said her votes had decreased
Reggae Queen, who placed second on Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall last Saturday, is claiming that she is the real winner but the executive producer of the show, Mark Kenny, said this is far from the truth.
Immediately after Bumpa was announced as the winner, people in the audience started booing, making obvious their disapproval.
When THE STAR spoke with Reggae Queen after the show, she was convinced that she was the real winner.
"I don't feel any way 'cause I know that I won, but because of the sanctions they wouldn't give mi because there would be nobody to promote the brand Magnum. If I can't perform on the road shows, what good would it make? They wouldn't be getting any benefits from the whole sponsoring of the show," said the contestant, who was the crowd favourite.
"Mi nuh really surprised. From Wednesday mi know that still. Because all the while meeting keep from Wednesday, so mi know dat from Wednesday. Mi done know dat man, it nuh tek a genius fi figure that out. It's all politics."
Last Friday, the show's executive producer made an apology on behalf of the show and TVJ, via the media, for Reggae Queen's breaches of the Broadcasting Commission's directives.
Reggae Queen performed suggestive lyrics and gestures during her performance two Saturdays ago.
During the final, Reggae Queen also apologised for her actions on the previous show.
Kenny said Reggae Queen's claims of 'politics' are not factual.
"That's not true and she knows this for a fact. I presume that she feels disgruntled, but she was warned twice before about how close she was getting to the line," he told THE STAR.
Instead of heeding to the warning, Kenny said she did it again.
Although she could have been disqualified, Reggae Queen was only sanctioned. As a consequence of her actions, she was not allowed to do a solo performance and in the future she will not be able to perform on the Magnum road shows or be included on any compilation done by the brand. And, if she were crowned the winner on the night, 25 per cent of her $1 million prize would have been donated to a charity.
While reluctant to give figures, Kenny said Reggae Queens' votes had decreased, which helped Bumpa to surpass her.
"The voting is the one thing that didn't work for her. The voting went down because of her breach. The public penalised her, not us. She fell significantly short of Bumpa. It certainly was not a closely won contest," he told THE STAR.