The rules of the Sounds of Greatness competitions seemed to change a little throughout the three month contest, and the judging was somewhat confusing. Fact was, in the final analysis, it was always 70% crowd and 30% judges, meaning it was all about the forwards. And the crowds were terrific. The final, held at Mas Camp in Kingston was packed, but the events leading up to the showdown between Bass Odyssey and Sound Trooper often drew huge crowds in country-Port Antonio being a particularly memorable occasion. Folly Oval is just a great venue.
The fact that each clash was broadcast (albeit in abridged form) nationwide in JA on CVM tv, was a great way to get the word out about Guinness, but also to hype up the clash. Thing is, the televising could have let some of the energy of the competition speak for itself. There’s simply too much zoom, and too much movement. As well, I would have appreciated a little more interaction with members of the crowd-after all, they’re the most significant element of the clash.
p.s. I also have to say that I’m a fan of the Guinness Girls. They beat America’s Bud Light Girls any day of the week.