I finally checked on the website of the Belarusian Telegraph Agency (BelTA) and the city of Minsk and found updates on the ongoing Miss Intercontinental 2009 they are hosting. There’s really not much to source from the net – be it images or bits of news – but I was still able to gather the following:
From the Minsk City Executive Committee, here’s the press release:
MISS INTERCONTINENTAL 2009
THE MISS INTERCONTINENTAL 2009 beauty pageant will take place in Minsk. The most beautiful girls from all over the world will come to Minsk on 10-13 September. Shortly after the arrival of the beauties a tour around Belarus will be organized for the participants of the contest. The final of the MISS INTERCONTINENTAL 2009 will take place in Minsk on September, 27, 2009.
The MISS INTERCONTINENTAL contest, which started off in 1971, is in the top five of the most prestigious beauty competitions in the world. The challenge prize – a crown made of platinum with 720 diamonds, worth about $361 thousand, is thought to be the most expensive crown of all beauty pageants.
The MISS INTERCONTINENTAL 2009 contest will take place in a hall for 4,000 spectators with a big stage and the most modern stage, light and sound equipment. The presentation and broadcasting of the Final will be accomplished in Russian and English.
Belarusian pop stars Dmitry and Georgy Koldun and 2006’s “Supermodel of the World” Ekaterina Domankova will be the MISS INTERCONTINENTAL 2009 show presenters.
Among the guests of the Final will be the winner of the EUROVISION 2009 contest Alexander Rybak, the winner of the EUROVISION 2008 contest Dima Bilan, Arash, Morandi, Lou Bega.
On the other hand, the BelTA National Source of News reports:
Miss Intercontinental 2009 final to be host by Koldun brothers
Dmitry Koldun and Georgy Koldun will host the Miss Intercontinental 2009 final on 27 September, BelTA learnt from Alina Provotorova, spokeswoman for ONT TV Channel.
Initially, ONT TV Channel asked Alexander Rybak, winner of Eurovision 2009, to host the international beauty contest. However, the singer declined the offer.
The two brothers will share the stage with the Belarusian beauty Ekaterina Domankova, winner of the Supermodel of the World 2006 contest.
The script of the show is underway. It will be sent to the World Beauty Organization soon.
Apart from the beautiful girls from 60 countries, the show will be attended by the Eurovision 2008 and 2009 winners Dima Bilan and Alexander Rybak, Arash and Aysel, F.R.David from France and Morandi from Romania.
The name of the Belarusian representative at the contest is still unknown. “It is a very prestigious contest, which will be aired to all the countries of the world. It is important that a Belarus’ representative not only take part in the contest, but also impress the jury. That is why we should find a girl who will attract attention. That is why the jury is so meticulous,” Alina Provotorova noted.
Finally, the Official Site of Miss Intercontinental has this update:
Just A Few Days To Go
Back to Minsk, we just have a few days to go to the Grand Finale of Miss Intercontinental 2009 in the Football. 250 Journalists from around the world will attend the show which is to be seen worldwide via Satellite and on air in over 32 countries.
After the show, all candidates will have a “meet and greet” with Belarus President Alexander Lukaschenko.
The stage is ready to set and Rehearsals are beginning.
Who will win the 38th edition of Miss Intercontinental? I cannot even hazard a guess at the moment, but let’s hope that Miss Philippines – Fil-German beauty Jacqueline Schubert – will figure out well in the finals this coming Sunday, September 27. The group shots of the candidates above were taken from a distance so it’s hard spotting our bet even after some major eye-squinting. Anyways, the finals will take place in front of a crowd of 4,000 at the National School of Beauty in Minsk, Belarus.