2009 Detroit Dancehall Queen Competition and Reggae Showcase
On Friday, July 10th, Detroit’s new Dancehall Queen was crowned. Empress succeeds Selebrity, who was named Detroit Dancehall Queen in November 2004 by Reggae Gurlz Entertainment, and later won the title in Detroit’s first Dancehall Queen Competition in 2007. Empress humbly accepted the title with tears of joy and is ready and looking ahead to her year as Queen.
This year’s Dancehall Queen Competition & Reggae Showcase was held on July 20th at the King David Grand Lodge. The host for the evening was Chicago’s D. Mose. The entertainment began after 1:00 a.m. with performances by local artists Channel, Rusty Deyah, and Skarpian. Directly after, the contestants came and introduced themselves one by one: Senshatian from Dollface Crew, Empress, Glam from Dollface Crew, Spicy Diamond from C.A.T.S. Crew, Nikki, Acacia, and Spicey Spice. All the girls came with much energy in round one, but unfortunately the venue decided to shut down immediately after each girl was able to perform. Most of the crowd declared their personal favorites and was looking forward to the rest of the competition.
To give the contestants another opportunity to show their talents, Reggae Gurlz uploaded videos of all the contestants on dancehallqueendetroit.com. Anyone was able to register and vote for who they believe should win. The judges from the night of the competition viewed the same videos and poll results. The year’s judges were Fuji of Windsor’s Fuji One Promotions, Fudgie Springer from Vybe Machine Sound, Bashy Bloggette of Chat ‘Bout Cleveland, Kingston & Jamaica from Detroit Dance Party, and Fatal from One Blood Sound. Scores from rounds one and two were combined to give each contestant one total score. The top 3 were announced and the Queen was crowned at Tropical Hut. Coming in 3rd Place was Glam. She will be Detroit’s Dancehall Diva, a title that Empress held for the past 2 years. 2nd Place went to Spicey Spice. As the runner up, Spicey Spice went to Chicago on July 11th to compete in the Midwest Dancehall Queen Competition. And the 2009 Detroit Dancehall Queen is Empress!
Empress says that the entire experience was a positive one. Her love for dancehall and the opportunity to network and meet new people are the reasons she entered the competition. She is looking forward to traveling and work hard to put Detroit on the map. Empress wants to bring certain dancers and dance crews to Detroit to bring a different experience and to vibe and enjoy themselves.
The new dancehall queen wants all the contestants to know that they are all queens. It’s not easy going in front of an audience, and it’s a lot of hard work preparing an outfit, routines, and being memorable. She tips her hat to all the dancehall queens who’ve been doing it over the years including Selebrity.
Empress will be representing Detroit in the International Dancehall Queen Competition in Montego Bay, Jamaica on August 1st. Her attitude is “come hard or go home.” We wish Empress all the best as she goes to compete against over 50 women from around the world.
Pics coming soon to the Gallery