It’s showtime, dear readers.
The stage at Versailles looks like an improvement from last year’s. Instead of just one fiberglass ramp crossing the length of the pool, there are now two half-moon curved structures where the ladies can glide without bumping into each other.
Audio problems during the telecast plagued the opening, but was restored after the video introducing each delegate and just before the first commercial break. It would have been a fun lively opening theme – if only it wasn’t unceremoniously muted.
Hosts (husband-and-wife team) Oli Pettigrew and Linda Black are very energetic. Miss Earth 2008 Karla Henry was featured to give a collective thanks to everyone who helped the ST Yolanda victims.
It’s a pity the audio is going on-and-off.
Judges are being introduced now, predominantly Filipino with the board headed by Lorraine Schuck herself.
The Official Top 16:
– China PR
– South Africa
India, Ukraine and Brazil out! Surprised?
Mercifully, audio is back to normal.
Swimsuit competition up next.
Long commercial break now to fix technical hiccups.
Okay, the flimsy shawls are distracting.
But the relative standouts in swimsuits are Thailand, Venezuela, Philippines, South Africa, France, Spain and Mexico.
Guest performer David Pomeranz serenading the delegates (in evening gowns) who did not make it to Top 16.
The Top 16 will compete next in the Evening Gown Competition.
It’s odd that Wrecking Ball is being played during Evening Gowns.
Standouts in Evening Gowns are Mexico, France, Thailand, Spain, Philippines, Mauritius, South Africa and Venezuela (Alyz was best in this segment, imo).
Top 8 announcement up next. For real.
The Official Top 8 Finalists:
1) Austria – Katia Wagner
2) Korea – Catharina Choi
3) Mexico – Cristal Silva
4) Thailand- Punika Kunsuntornrat
5) Poland – Aleksandra Szczesna
6) Philippines – Angelee delos Reyes
7) Venezuela – Alyz Heinrich
8) Serbia- Andjelka Tomasevic
Interview segment up next.
Austria – best invention is solar energy to replace generators
Korea – worst form of discrimination is any kind of discrimination because it is bad.
Mexico – most risky thing she has done is joining the pageant
Thailand – biggest threat to Mother Earth is human behavior. Bad human behavior affects the Earth.
Poland – God allows natural disasters to happen so that bad people can be shown how to love everyone.
Philippines – About ST Yolanda, Mother Earth is sad about environmental problems and is a wakeup call to take care of the environment.
Venezuela – Eco-Tourism is important because we as people are also responsible for destroying the earth.
Serbia – a woman is an Earth Warrior because what is inside is more important, share happiness and take care of planet.
Philippines aced her interview. Thailand and Venzuela actually made a lot of sense with theirs. Austria is also good.
Farewell walk of Tereza Fajksova, Miss Earth 2012. Very sincere and touching, I must add.
David Pomeranz is serenading the 8 Finalists now.
So there will no longer be a Top 4 this year. From Top 8, the winners will be announced.
And our Elemental Queens for 2013 are…
In reverse order:
Miss Fire – Korea Catharina Choi
Miss Water – Thailand Punika Kunsuntornrat
Miss Air – Austria Katia Wagner
MISS EARTH 2013 –
VENEZUELA ALYZ HEINRICH!
Congratulations to all the winners! 🙂