Contestants vie for Miss Universe crown in Miami on Sunday

25 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

It’s all about the interview at Miss Universe.

Representatives of 88 countries will smile it out for the title of Miss Universe Sunday in a contest rattled by Miss Israel taking a selfie with Miss Lebanon, their countries’ sworn enemies.Several weeks ago, Miss Universe pageant officials, naively or not, asked me if I wanted to join them for a few days for a Miss Congeniality-esque experience while the 88 women who had qualified from their respective countries got ready for the big night.

On one of my first visits to L.A. for the TV critics’ press tour, in the long-ago, ABC announced that it would air the Miss America Pageant, taking over from NBC.MANILA, Philippines—The whole Philippines is behind Miss Universe Philippines Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa as she competes against 88 women from all over the world for the coveted Miss Universe 2015 crown. Since 2010, the Philippines has consistently placed in the Top 5 of the tilt—Ariella Arida, 3rd runner-up in 2013; Janine Tugonon, 1st runner-up in 2012; Shamcey Supsup, 3rd runner-up in 2011; and Venus Raj was 4th runner-up in 2010.

The world’s lovelies staged a preliminary competition on Wednesday, parading first in casual wear, then formal night wear and finally in pink bikinis. To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here. It’s not a beauty contest.” Guffaws greeted the statement, and by the time we were finished wiping away tears of laughter, Horn seemed to be still talking, but nobody cared. And you can’t beat the $4 price tag.Photo: Andrew Rothschild/Yahoo Travel There were more — so much more — but I only had a small window, and I had to try out some of the beauty tips that Miss India and another contestant gave me. See for yourself how Miss Russia would bring peace to Syria; where Miss Korea would travel outside of Earth; and how Miss Croatia feels about standing around in a bikini in front of old men.

All sorts of beauty competitions take place in all sorts of places, but you just don’t see many of them on TV because networks are reluctant to absorb the criticism that results from endorsing beauty pageants. The winner will be chosen by a jury of five people, including Cuban actor William Levy, Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao and two stars from US reality TV shows, Kristin Cavallari and Lisa Vanderpump. Miss Lebanon, who was careful not to be seen next to her rival, explained that while she was posing with Miss Japan and Miss Slovenia, the Israeli beauty queen Doron Matalon came up to her by surprise, took a photo and posted it on Instagram. ‘Too bad you cannot put the hostility out of the game, only for three weeks of an experience of a lifetime that we can meet girls from around the world and also from the neighboring country,’ Matalon said on her Facebook page.

Controversy aside, the contestants have endured a grueling process of preparation and activities around Doral and Miami, followed by a gaggle of journalists and fans. ‘They say it is a beauty pageant, but the truth is that it is a beauty pageant of endurance, because it is not easy to be here. Go to the Miss Universe website, which I did on your behalf, and the first photo gallery you find features Trump posing with the 88 Miss Universe contestants. This year, the pageant made the news – the nutty news – when Miss Israel posted a selfie showing her with Lebanese contestant Saly Greige (Miss Slovenia and Miss Japan were in it, too) during preparations in Miami. Some Latin American contestants said that to win would bring happiness to their countries, in some cases saddled by violence, like Mexico, or economic crisis as in the case of Venezuela. ‘We are doing everything possible to take that joy, that crown … back to the people of Venezuela. Castellanos acknowledged she felt a special kind of pressure as Venezuelans are often favorites in the competition: the reigning queen is from her country and Doral is home to many Venezuelan immigrants.

Used to be a bit obscure, but the actors-only event – no speeches from behind-the-scenes people you’ve never heard of – is now firmly established as an attention-getter. As the Screen Actors Guild claims, “Lauded by critics for its style, simplicity and genuine warmth, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which made its debut in 1995, has become one of the industry’s most prized honours.” The only televised awards show to exclusively honour performers, it presents 13 awards for acting in film and television.

Among the presenters are Adrien Brody, Laverne Cox, Bryan Cranston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eric Dane, Viola Davis, Felicity Jones, Lenny Kravitz and Eddie Redmayne. Set in 1950s England, it’s about Sidney Chambers (James Norton), a clever, charismatic clergyman who solves crimes, usually alongside one Geordie Keating (Robson Green) – a salty type – in the tiny town of Grantchester.

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