Mackinly Richardson crowned King of Kings | THE DAILY HERALD

King of Kings 2018 Mackinly Richardson kneeling as he is being crowned by first runner-up in the 2016 Carnival Queen show Reinalda Fleming.

From left, contestants Layo Woodley, Mackinly Richardson, Osborn Johnson and Khalil Houtman showing their best in formal wear.

The King of Kings contestants in creative wear.


ST. EUSTATIUS–The atmosphere was alive Wednesday evening when the King of Kings show took place at Mike van Putten Youth Centre, aka Carnival City. A large crowd was on hand to see Mackinly Richardson crowned the King of Carnival 2018.

Four competitors took part in the contest: Khalil Houtman, Osborn Johnson, Layo Woodley and Richardson. DJ Sense entertained the crowd throughout the night, which included a modelling show.

Besides winning the overall title, Richardson also won the titles for Best Casual Wear, Best Speech and Best Swimwear.

Woodley came in first runner-up and captured titles of Best Creative Wear and Best Formal wear.

Second runner-up was Johnson and Houtman was placed fourth in the competition. Houtman won the titles of Most Popular and Best Interview.

Richardson won the competition with a total of 333 points, Woodley had 320 points, Johnson captured a total of 292 points and Houtman finished with 268 points.

Richardson won a monetary prize of US $1,500. Woodley came away with US $750, Johnson’s total earnings were US $500 and Houtman walked away with US $250.

After Richardson was crowned, his family and friends rushed on stage and celebrated his victory.

Carnival continues tonight, Friday, with Power Soca SSS Edition in which competitors from Saba, St. Eustatius and St. Maarten will compete. The show at Carnival City is scheduled for 9:00pm.

On Saturday night a Soca Workout will be launched with headliners Nailah Blackman and Edwin Yearwood, along with the Turbulanzz Band and the Jamm Boyzz band. The show is scheduled to start at 9:00pm. Organisers said there will be “lots” of giveaways at the show.

Source: The Daily Herald