It was such a close fight for the crown that a sudden death was declared when only three remaining ladies in the Top 5 were left unannounced in terms of placement. An extra round of Q&A took place and this yielded the following results:
Miss Grand International 2020
Abena Appiah of the United States of America
1st Runner Up:
Samantha Bernardo of the Philippines
Ivana Batchelor of Guatemala
Aurra Kharishma of Indonesia
Lala Guedes of Brazil
Nawatt really knows how to make newsworthy moves in his pageant. Add to that the spotlight moments of Misses Kenya and Nigeria who tested positive for COVID upon arrival in Thailand and Miss Myanmar Hann Lay who did a long speech about the coup troubles and fighting in her country.
I was really rooting for Samantha to take the crown after the second round of final questioning but the judges might not have been convinced when she chose to give the last vaccine available to a senior citizen (this is like a deja vu of what happened to Nicole Cordoves last 2016 when she chose to give the less popular answer and ended up getting 1st Runner-Up to Ariska Pertiwi).
Anyways, what are your thoughts, dear readers?