2017 King of Kings Gervio Spanner (second right) with from left: third-place winner Layo Woodley, first runner-up Linroy Smith, reigning Carnival Queen Eboni Rivers, and second runner-up Brian Carty.
ST. EUSTATIUS–Seven talented young men vied for the crown in Thursday’s King of Kings Competition. Gervio Spanner beat the other contestants to be crowned the King with 392 points. He also won the titles for Best Beachwear, Best Casual Wear and Best Elegant Wear. The six other contestants were Akeem Hook, Linroy Smith, Celford Gibbs, Phillip Wayne, Brian Carty and Layo Woodley. Master of Ceremonies Renee “Lyrics” Courtar handed out the prizes to King of Kings Spanner, which were US $1,500 in cash, a WINAIR ticket, a four-month membership at Earl Merkman Sports Gym, a gift certificate from Duggins Shopping Centre, a drill set, and a perfume set.
Smith ended first runner-up with 380 point. He also won the titles of Mister Popularity and Best Sportswear. He won US $750, a ticket from Trans-Anguilla, a perfume set, and a three-month membership at Earl Merkman Sports Gym
Brian Carty was the second runner-up with 374 points. He won US $500, a two-month gym membership, and a flashlight set.
Woodley came in at third place with 342. He also won the title for Best Speech. He won US $250, and a one-month gym membership. All contestants also received a gift basket.
Contestants showing their elegant wear on stage.
Organizer and promoter of the show Shirley Smith and her team organized the King of Kings Competition in lieu of a Carnival Queen Show.
The audience responded very enthusiastically to the contestants. Due to rain interruptions, the show only ended at 4:00am. Nevertheless, the crowd remained throughout the show. Some enthusiastic women admirers even went as far as “pinning” some cash to the contestants.
The judges for the contest were Nevis artist, decorator, trainer and Culturama organiser since 1985 Vaughn Anslyn; model, designer and tattoo artist from Aruba, Dashell Kock; and pro-bodybuilder from Curaçao Marshel Herman.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/68093-gervio-spanner-crowned-this-year-s-king-of-kings