Now that the 2011 Miss Universe Pageant is over, I can ask two nagging questions about the whole thing. I’m not doing this to raise more speculations but to just get them off my chest. Here goes…
Question #1: What on earth happened to Miss Malaysia Deborah Henry and her failure to crack the Top 16?
This could have been Malaysia’s “coming-out” year in Miss Universe. After 41 years of failing to enter the competition’s first cut, all signs are pointing to Deborah changing all that and erasing the memories of forgettable past participations. It baffles me how her outstanding performance during preliminaries got outscored by at least 15 other candidates. And I’m not alone in this regard because practically all other pageant blogs and websites placed her as a definite semifinalist. I am unquestionably pro-Shamcey, but I would like to see another ASEAN country (outside either Thailand or Indonesia) shine, and Malaysia should’ve been it. Was there a falling out between her and the MUO (Miss Universe Organization) that we are not privy to?
Question #2: What’s with Miss Portugal Laura Goncalvez getting the global fan vote and earning the 16th quarterfinal slot?
During the pageant proceedings, the two color commentators (Shandi Finnesey and Jeannie Mai) made mention of the fact that Laura Goncalvez won the online voting right at the time that she was called to the Top 16. Not that she is not qualified, but Portugal was and is never a pageant-crazy nation known to have multitudes of voting supporters. In fact, she never even figured out among the Top 5 of the Telemundo poll or the Miss Universe fan voting prior to the finals. I wouldn’t be surprised if Nicaragua or Dominican Republic or Thailand or Indonesia claimed the position because of previous years’ trends. Is there something we don’t know? Fine if Puerto Rico (who’s in the top 16) was announced as such, and which means that Portugal made it because she got high scores in the preliminaries. I’m still scratching my head analyzing the same.
If someone out there is in the know, I would appreciate getting a dose of enlightenment on the twin queries. I’ve already moved on, but since we’re still within the 24-hour post-finals frame…..indulge me.
I won’t ask anymore about the favorable performance of Portuguese-speaking nations (Angola, Brazil and Portugal) because that’s a no-brainer. 😉