10 Signs that You are Watching an Omega-level Pageant

Yesterday evening I had funny discourse between me and a former colleague in the fashion biz. We were discussing about a controversy about a pageant result which lead to my colleague blurting out a list of signs that a pageant is a ‘minor’ pageant (Omega level pageant if you will). Plus the fact that he is friends with a number of our beauty queens and their horrid and horrible backstage stories would either be a source of laughter, dismay or a full-body cringe.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I like a number of pageants but we have to agree that because of the over abundance of pageant nowadays (they seem to reproduce like rabbits on Viagra), the standards and the expectations are just quite too high from pageant connoisseurs to be called a certain level of quality.
I wouldn’t take credit on this list as it was not mine, but please take no offense as this was made purely as a joke with loads of sarcasm… I was just entertained with the funny one liners in the conversation…
1. Not enough food for the candidates – when candidates bluntly tell that they are starving, hungry or there is not enough food, that’s a sure sign of a low budgeted production. More so when candidates would post later on that they have to buy food on their own because ‘they ran out of breakfast’ at the hotel… Imagine the scenario of starving skinny beauconeras saying “gutoomm na kameeehhh“…
2. No Finals Night Rundown of events/ script – not this is something that the production team should have. Not having this would make the pageant susceptible to errors in announcement of winners. Just think of this, if a highly produced MU pageant managed to have a mistake last year, how much more for those that don’t have a script.
3. When there is only one or two good looking candidate – for an international competition, this would be bad. Guaranteed that standards of beauty may vary but when the pendulum swings on polar opposites in terms of candidate quality then that might not be a good indicator. More so if those two end up only as runners up with a ‘questionable winner’… or as my friend would say “nautusan lang bumili ng patis tapos beauty queen na nung bumalik“.
4. When there are two reps from one country – this I agree on specially if they represent separate regions/ provinces of that country. How would you feel having a Miss North Philippines, Miss Middle Philippines and a Miss South Philippines all in one pageant? As my friend would say ‘the more, the many-er’…or ‘pandagdag tao sa stage‘…
5. No makeup room/ area, not enough makeup artist & hairdressers– now that’s a sign to be alarmed when candidates do their makeup and hair on the bathroom of the hotel or on the floor of the halls. Gives a whole new meaning to the Andrew E song “Banyo Queen“.

6. When you have multiple versions of the pageant name or have different versions of the same pageant – need we explain more? #pageantversionabc #pageantspamore #misstourismpamore #unlipageant #unlibeauconto888
7. No official sponsors – no makeup sponsor, no swimsuit sponsor, no official media partner, no official hotel/ accommodation partner, etc… makes you question where do they get the money to run the pageant? This would specially be fishy as the money would be coming mainly from the pockets of the candidates or the national org sending candidates. “Yung pinagkakakitaan lang kayo…” as my friend would say.
8. When a National Director also serves as a judge on the finals – we know a number of pageants guilty of this… even an Alpha pageant is found guilty of this last year…
9. Last minute change of pageant format – No sash or trophy for special awardees/ runners up and yet these are announced suddenly during the finals. Or when a candidate suddenly makes top 10 or top 5 without prior information that a candidate will make semis/ top 5 if they win a certain special award – this is just obvious people. Rigging as its best, or what Latinos call ‘tramoya’… 
10. When a part of the stage collapses during the finals night – remember the Kris Aquino joke in the late 90’s? Well you get the picture…
Can you think of more signs to add to this list? LOLs

PS, photo no relation to the blogpost… And thanks JGBeks for making me laugh with this topic…

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