The second was the charm for the 70th edition of Miss World. The final of the international contest is held today for the first time in its history in a Spanish-speaking country and the selected venue was Puerto Rico.
From the stage of the Coca-Cola Music Hall, the world saw Miss Poland, Karolina Bielawska, crowned as the successor to Jamaican Toni-Ann Singh, who had held the crown since 2019.
Bielawska represents the first crown for her country in the seven decades of Miss World.
The first runner-up was Miss World United States, Shree Saini and the second, Miss Ivory Coast, Olivia Yace.
The event took place three months after the original date, scheduled for December 16, 2021 at the Puerto Rico Coliseum, when an outbreak of covid-19 among twenty of the candidates and a large part of the production team led to its cancellation. .
From early hours fans from the Philippines, Ivory Coast, Mexico, Brazil, Puerto Rico and other countries arrived at the venue to accompany their candidates during the evening.
Similarly, candidates for Miss World from Puerto Rico 2022 were present at the contest, as well as the designer Carlos Alberto.
The event, broadcast in the United States by Reelz and locally by TeleOnce, was hosted by Mexican actor and singer Fernando Allende and Englishman Peter André, replacing Miss World 2016, Puerto Rican Stephanie Del Valle, who withdrew from the contest in through a lawsuit for the realization of the same, controversy that remains alive in the courts.
In fact, Del Valle was present throughout the evening through several videos that recorded the passage of the candidates for the blue crown between November and December of last year.
The contest started with a Latin rhythm and with the theme Vivir mi vida, by Marc Anthony, the first group of candidates was presented, the most applauded being the representative of Venezuela and the Puerto Rican Aryam Díaz Rosado, who sought to be crowned at home.
The second group took the stage while the hit Pégate, by Ricky Martin, was playing. The third was also enlivened by a Puerto Rican theme, on this occasion, Que rico out. Olga Tañon was also heard at La Gran Fiesta.
The Bahamas and Mexico and the Dominican Republic also received applause at this initial stage.
Among the public, the claim dominates: “Let a Latina win.”
Of the 98 original candidates, the 40 semifinalists were called: 15 winners of the mini competitions and 25 selected by the jury panel.
Miss World Ivory Coast, Olivia Lies; Miss World Mexico, Karolina Vidales, Miss World Mongolia; Burte-Ujin Anu, Miss World India; Manasa Varanasi, Miss World England; Rehema Muthamia, Miss World Kenya, Sharon Obara; Miss World Philippines, Tracy Pérez; Miss World South Africa, Shudufhadzo Musida; Miss World United States, Shree Saini; Miss World Paraguay, Bethania Rodríguez; Miss World Cameroon, Audrey Monkam; Miss World Nepal, Namrata Shrestha; Miss World Venezuela, Alejandra Conde; Miss World Nicaragua, Sheynnis Palacios; Miss World Botswana, Palesa Molefe; Miss World Poland, Karolina Bielawska; Miss World Hungary, Lili Totpeti; Miss World Puerto Rico Aryam Diaz, Miss World Colombia Andrea Aguilera, Miss World Czech Republic Karolina Kopincova, Miss World Northern Ireland, Anna Leitch; Miss France April Benayoum; Miss World Ecuador, Amar Ibarra; Miss World Guinea, Nene Bah; Miss World Bahamas, Sienna Evans; Miss World Malaysia, Lavanya Sivaji; Miss World Brazil, Caroline Teixeira; Miss World Madagascar, Nellie Anjaratiana; Miss World Indonesia, Pricilia Yules; Miss World Trinidad & Tobago, Jeanine Brandt; Miss World Argentina, Amira Hidalgo; Miss World Canada, Svetlana Mamaeva; Miss World Dominican Republic, Emmy Peña; Miss World Ireland, Pamela Ubaezuonu; Miss World Somalia, Khadija Omar; Miss World Chile, Carol Drpic; Miss World China, Jiang Siqi; Miss World Sri Lanka, Sade Greenwood; Miss World Vietnam, Thi Ha Do and Miss World Iceland, Hugrun Egilsdottir earned their place in the semifinalist bracket.
The group was reduced to 13 due to a tie: Vietnam, Mexico, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Poland, Somalia, United States, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, India, Indonesia and Ivory Coast.
The exclusion of the representatives of Venezuela and Puerto Rico was greeted with boos from the assembled audience. Puerto Ricans can even be heard singing, “Let’s go, the party is over.”
Brock Pierce, in charge of organizing the contest, took the stage with his wife Crystal to make known the beneficiary institutions on the Island. The Alas a la Mujer Foundation, the San Juan Art League and the San Juan Trust Conservation of Vieques History, received $20 thousand each.
“Justice for Stephanie,” someone in the audience yelled at the start of Crystal’s speech.
The final six were narrowed down to representatives from the United States (a winner in addition to Beauty with a Purpose), Poland, Indonesia, Mexico, Northern Ireland and the Ivory Coast.
Wilnelia Merced, the first Puerto Rican to be crowned Miss World in 1975, had a special participation, in which she will also call for peace in the midst of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, lighting 7,000 candles at the request of Miss World Ukraine 2016, Oleskandra Kucherenko.
Then, it gave way to the musical interpretation of the outgoing sovereign, Toni-Ann Singh, together with the Puerto Rico Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of Ángel Vélez.
After the round of questions to the six finalists, Julia Morley, president of Miss World, announced the final table, including the new bearer of the blue crown: Karolina Bielawska.
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