Each week, the “Fluffy Diva,” Ms Kitty, veteran entertainer, Professor Nuts and local music producer at Downsound Records, Skatta Burrell add their own layer of spunk and charisma, giving the competition a talent show and reality TV hybrid edge. Magnum Kings and Queens is aired live on TVJ at 9:30pm on Saturdays.
Ms Kitty, whose given name is Khadine Hylton, says viewers can expect “Louder,” energy from her this the ninth season.
“They can expect high energy. They can expect me being frank, up-front, and keeping it real. They can expect a lot of high fashion, sexiness—it’s all about beauty and brain, so we are bringing forth all of that,” she said.
For his part, Carl “Professor Nuts” Wellington says that their animated vibes are not planned.
“Spontaneously, that’s how we do it. It’s not something that we plan,” he said, referring to the camaraderie between himself and his judging colleagues, “We try to keep as energetic as possible as judges. I don’t see any replacement for them (Ms Kitty and Skatta).”
Of the crop of 28 contestants that will vie for J$1 million dollars this season, while not underestimating competitors, admits she is unsure that they will be able to live up to the high standard of talent the competition has been able to unearth over the years.
“This year, I see some potential but I am still worried that the talent in Jamaica still needs to be honed and unearthed,” she said.
Meanwhile, Professor Nuts is more optimistic about the group.
“We have a good crop of contestants this year. They are spitting more fire than last year. We might find that they start a little shaky, but with grooming, throughout the competition they will get better,” said Nuts, whose favourite thing about working on the show is the fun that is had as well as the fact that he can see the next generation of dancehall talent.
Ms Kitty, however, likes the fact that she is able to see growth and development in the contestants.
The show continues to grow and remains the #1 watched show in Jamaica. With a mandate to support Jamaica’s popular culture that is Dancehall. Magnum Kings and Queens of Dancehall airs on Saturdays at 9:30pm on TVJ with repeat shows on Tuesdays at 11:30pm and Thursdays at 11:00 pm.