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Congratulations to Jamaica’s Davina Bennett for Finishing 3rd in the Miss Universe 2017 Pageant!

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The Top 3 of the Miss Universe 2017 Pageant after being announced! Miss South Africa, Colombia and Jamaica were selected from the Top 5 Finalists that included Miss Thailand and Miss Venezuela

The Miss Universe 2017 Pageant was held in Las Vegas last night and the beautiful and confident, well poised South Africa’s Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters took the crown! Congratulations to her. Well deserved.

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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters takes her walk after being crowned Miss Universe 2017 (Photo: http://www.bustle.com)

The Pageant featured gorgeous gowns, but for Suga, it was our Miss Jamaica, Davina Bennett in Yellow who stood out amongst a sea of nudes and neutrals. Her stunning lemon-yellow gown with caped sleeves was designed by our local,  Uzuri International Designs Ltd. The pop of colour was accentuated by her beautiful dark coloured skin and natural hair. Davina modelled the gown with the necessary charisma and flair.

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Miss Jamaica Universe, Davina Bennett in her Uzuri International Designs Ltd. Gown

Davina reached the top 5 answering a question on how Men and Women can work together to tackle the issue of Sexual Harassment. She started off well but got nervous towards the end, giving an overall mediocre answer. Not to worry though, because the other Top 5 Finalists who were given questions on other major issues gave mediocre answers as well. Miss South Africa, who was a favourite of mine from the beginning, was quite confident and concise with her answer.

After the Top 3 Finalists were announced, all 3 answered the same question this time around, of course using soundproof headphones so they could not hear each others’ answers.

The Question asked which Quality did they have that they were most proud of and how will they apply it to their time as Miss Universe.

Miss Jamaica was announced first in the Top 3, thus called first to answer. It was obvious she was nervous, starting off with a grammatical error, then finished eloquently with an overall good answer. She mentioned her Drive to create awareness about the deaf and how they should be treated as equals to get jobs etc. She even added a bit of sign language that was a nice touch.

Miss Colombia, Laura Gonzales followed with a mediocre answer having to do with her quality of Compassion. At first, I thought Miss Jamaica should have definitely placed before Miss Colombia for the 2nd spot. However, if you watch them answer their questions again, Miss Colombia answered confidently and more fluently without stuttering. I think Davina’s initial blunder and obvious nervousness throughout her answer costed her 2nd place and maybe even the crown. She also seemed a bit rehearsed.

Miss South Africa’s answer was natural, concise and to the point again. Her quality was Confidence, which was no surprise and she expressed herself well.

If you would like to just see Davina’s answer, click on the link to the first video. To see the answers from all 3 Finalists, check the link to the video below it.

Watch “Miss Universe 2017 Miss Jamaica question and answer” on YouTube’s link here:
 

https://youtu.be/37NjZMkYuRs

Watch “Miss Universe 2017 Top 3 finalists – The Final Question And Answer” on YouTube’s link here:

https://youtu.be/Yorb7N2YcEE

I am proud of Davina for representing Jamaica well. She was absolutely stunning and a natural beauty. Congrats Davina!

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Host Steve Harvey Announces the WRONG winner for Miss Universe!

Last night, Steve Harvey announced Miss Colombia as the winner of the Miss Universe Pageant and the card read Miss Philippines as the winner.

Miss Colombia was crowned by the reigning Miss Universe who is also from Colombia. So it was a jubilant celebration.

Then Steve came out and apologized profusely in English. So Miss Colombia must have had an idea what happened but of course seemed a bit lost at first.

Honest mistake but HUGE error on Steve’s part. Miss Colombia even started to celebrate but it was clear with no contestants running up to her, and from the previous rounds of the competition, Miss Philippines was the true winner.

Both contestants displayed great grace after such a terrible mishap. Kudos to both ladies.

It was too late to apologize and he probably will never host another Pageant but we still love you Steve!

Check out how it all went down here:

 

Congratulations to the winner of the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant, Miss Colombia?

Miss Colombia, Paulina Vega was controversially crowned Miss Universe on Sunday night in Doral, Florida, as one of the crowd favourites Kaci Fennell, Miss Jamaica Universe placed 5th in the competition. When Jamaica was called 5th, there were resounding boos and after the crowning, half of the contestants rushed over to Miss Jamaica, lifting her up in the air as the crowed chanted ‘Jamaica ‘. Why? Did the judges get it wrong? Was Jamaica robbed of the crown or even a place in the top 3 because she did not have the traditional look with long, flowing hair?

It all comes down to the questions to determine the winner, or so we think. All 5 represented themself well in their gowns and then came the questions. The first question from the judges was a disaster for all 5 contestants. None of their answers were impressive. They either did not answer the question, that is, saying something totally irrelevant to the question asked or they gave an answer lacking in substance. It was also obvious that most of them had difficulty hearing the judges ask the question and then nerves instantly overcame them.

Miss Jamaica was the only contestant to greet the judges and the audience when answering her question. However, at that point I would say the field was leveled or the contestants that gave an answer lacking in substance, for instance, USA, had a slight edge. It was obvious Jamaica did not hear the question, even when the judge repeated the question with an accent, since Spanish is his native tongue. Saying we should come together to fight crime does not answer a question on tackling sexual abuse of women. Come together how? Maybe its best she said ‘World Peace’. But putting fun and joke aside, it was at least a start to an answer. How about education, counselling? The list goes on. But hey, she didn’t hear the question. I think it would have been better to ask the question to be repeated one last time because she couldn’t hear it clearly instead of saying she did not understand the question. Big difference in use of words.

Thankfully they had a chance to redeem themselves with the question polled from the people on Facebook, basically asking what kind of influence has their country had on the world. As USA, Colombia and Ukraine approached their question, one could instantly feel sorry for them, as the first thing that came to mind was war, racism and drugs. Then poor Netherlands, what have they really done? But Jamaica! This answer should have been textbook. She should have been trained to answer this question from the Miss Jamaica Universe Competition. She should have been prepared to answer this question in case it was asked in the Prelims or even by Donald Trump on the golf course. Any intelligent Jamaican could be asked this question at the airport or a hotel on the north coast as well. The answer should roll off of our tongues with ease. Former Miss World, Lisa Hanna and Former Miss Universe runner-up, Yendi Phillips ‘woulda mash up dat’. There is a standard way of starting each answer. For instance, Jamaica is a very small island etc. Include the pathway Bob Marley has paved for reggae music and other talented artists globally, his impact on our tourism etc. The word, culture should not be forgotten. Jamaica’s culture is so rich, not only in music but dance as well. Yes, Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world, but for such a small country we have so much talent etc. Yes, it’s easy to sit here and say all of that without standing in front of the world, however nerves or being hard on yourself because of messing up the first question should never have an impact on this question. At this point, the judges were probably observing the composure and poise of the contestants in such a situation. SuGa thinks the expectation of a great answer which she ‘bombed’ again, put her in 5th. Basically saying Usain Bolt and Bob Marley leading and trailblazing in music and track and field then full stop cannot win the crown. She knew there was more to say and stopped abruptly leaving us wanting more. Keep talking. Let them cut you off. Don’t be afraid to say more.

Not remembering both of Colombia’s answers, she at least answered one, also lacking in substance. USA I remember, had a mediocre response for both answers, but they were still suitable answers compared to the others, hence her placing second. Should she have reached top 10 is another question, but the host country is usually in the top 5. That is just how it is with these pageants. Ukraine and Netherlands are not worth a comment. But that final walk after all questions, for the judges to see them one more time?! Colombia slayed it. She looked like a star and the winner. She was comfortable, beautiful, sang along with the performer and still modeled like she was in a pageant.

Now Kaci, it is the end of the competition, kill the fierce look for a moment, we get it, but smile all the way for that final walk. There was an awkward slip and an awkward dance. There was a serious face (Oh no I messed up) then a smile as the camera focused on her. The judges weren’t watching the television, they were able to see them at all times at all angles. It is the recovery and choosing the best out of the worse set of answers that mattered. But it’s over. ‘Coulda shoulda …never’. Jamaica was not robbed of the crown, but SuGa believes she should have placed in the top 3. Kaci may have disappointed Jamaica towards the end, but it was still bittersweet. It is not an easy task to make the top 5! Jamaica should still be tremendously proud of what she accomplished and how beautiful she was, being able to stand out amongst the rest. All the best to Kaci Fennell in the future.

 

Watch Kaci Fennell represent Jamaica tonight at Miss Universe on NBC at 8pm!

Kaci in the National costume show at the 63rd annual Miss Universe competition
Kaci in the National costume show at the 63rd annual Miss Universe competition

One thing Jamaicans know how to do is to rally around those who represent us with the potential to succeed. The support for current Miss Jamaica Universe, Kaci Fennell has hiked over the past few weeks. She has become a favourite in the competition in Florida by even Non-Jamaicans. Extremely loud cheers for her in the Prelim competition seen online. She surely stands out with her short hair and facial features compared to the beauty, Audrey Hepburn. True Old Hollywood Glam. Is anybody capable of winning such a pageant with such short hair? Let’s see.

Currently, Kaci is in 1st place ahead of Miss Universe Philippines in the People’s Choice votes for the next Miss Universe online with 431,145 votes followed by a far behind, 274,223 votes. Pray for Kaci and let us all hope she continues to keep her natural composure and poise and will bring home the Miss Universe Crown, which will be a first for Jamaica.

To make her lead even more overwhelming, if you would still like to vote for Kaci for the next Miss Universe, go to http://391856.tbits.me and follow the instructions, ensuring that you click on the line to like their official Facebook page first to make your vote valid. There is still time to help her secure the majority of the votes online.

The 63rd Miss Universe Pageant airs tonight on NBC at 8pm (Jamaican time). Triple Century will be hosting a Viewing party, where will yours be?

Good Luck Kaci! Jamaica is already proud of you!