Back in 2017, the Miss Universe pageant introduced an innovation by implementing the continental grouping of candidates. 4 years after, we now can say that it has become a total failure.
It was in November 24th of 2017 when we first wrote about the new Miss Universe format of having the candidates grouped per continent. Even then, we weren’t a fan of it as we thought that there are better ways of diversifying the semifinalists.
Miss Universe Continental Grouping
The Miss Universe continental format is implemented by dividing the countries into 3 groups: the Americas, the Europeans, and Asia-Pacific & Africa. A fourth set of semifinalists is then taken from each group which is called the Wildcards. Even in the grouping itself of around 28-35 countries, there would be an limit of 5 semifinalists that can enter per group. Then the rest of the countries would then be ranked according to their performance and would comprise of the wildcards. After the semis are called, the top 16/ top 20 are then made to compete on their own without the safety net of the continental grouping.
Everyone is looking forward to the official announcement that the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA will now be under a new management.
This rumor has been buzzing around Miss USA insiders for weeks now and we just can’t help but think that the separation of the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA is another revenue-earning move from the Miss Universe organization.
Rumor has it that the reigning Miss USA Asya Branch and Miss Teen USA Ki’ilani Arruda will be the last queens that the Miss Universe organization will have to handle as starting 2021, Crystle and her organization will crown their own winner sometime fourth quarter of 2021 (most probably around October or November).
Is the 69th Miss Universe pageant gonna copy several elements from the virtual pageant of the Miss Earth 2020?
There are a number of rumors floating around that the Miss Universe will adapt or adopt some of the things that we have seen Miss Earth do in their 2020th edition. While these rumors are yet to be verified, it does shed light on how the virtual Miss Earth pageant has opened a new way of doing pageants during these times.
DISCLAIMER: these are only rumors and no confirmation can be made. Be reminded that these should be taken with a grain of salt and should not be considered confirmed until an official announcement is made public.
In a beautiful land far far away, there lived a maiden with hair as straight as bamboo, with eyes as shiny as the finest carved ebony, with skin kissed by the golden sun and a heart as pure as the first fall of snow. She was named “Flowing Water”, a name that meant both life giving and selfless.
Flowing Water was named the most beautiful in her beautiful island, and as such she was to become the island’s Tribute in the selection of the Queen of the 90 Kingdoms. As a Tribute she is to be guided by two Elders, the First Elder was once a Queen herself and she blessed Flowing Water with protection. The Second Elder would help Flowing Water be clothed in the finest of garb in the land and prepare her in the rigorous transformation for the selection of the Queen of the 90 Kingdoms.
But there was a third figure that would later inject himself in Flowing Water’s life. A conniving masked snake called Maledictus that was lurking behind every step of Flowing Water’s selection as a Tribute. Once he was able to penetrate the 90 Kingdoms’ courtiers he was able to seep his venom into the palace.
Flowing Water was a trusting child and did not think of malice or ill-intent from Maledictus. In a planned encounter with one of the highest courtiers of the 90 Kingdoms, Maledictus introduced Flowing Water to the High Shepherd of the kingdom. In that encounter, Maledictus shamed Flowing Water by saying to the High Shepherd that she was impure and that she was no vestal virgin. That Flowing Water had a scroll that would prove her impurity. Shocked with Maledictus’ revelation, Flowing Water could only mumble that the case is being investigated in the high courts of her island.
That encounter would only be one of the nails that Maledictus would hammer to Flowing Water’s coffin. He would pile on her chores and errands that were planned to diminish her beauty. No rest and no sleep, Maledictus believed that her beauty would fade.
Despite all these, Flowing Water would still shine through in the selection for the new Queen of the 90 Kingdoms. Despite all that she gone through, she did well as a Tribute making the initial selection for the Queenship. She never left empty handed though as she was blessed as the silver winged goddess of birds.
It is speculated that the 69th Miss Universe pageant would have the least number of candidates. With countries still grappling the Corona virus pandemic, it is likely that around 70 countries would participate in this edition of the pageant.
So far only 61 candidates have been officially named as their countries’ reps to the pageant with only a handful countries left to select a rep. Nepal, Great Britain and Belize are still to announce their candidates while Germany and Sweden have made public that they will not be able to participate in this edition, and would return for the 2021 edition (tentatively to be held in December next year). It was rumored that national directors and organizers were given until the end of the year to submit their respective candidates to the Miss Universe Organization.
We’ve heard the rumors before: Trump is gonna buy the Miss Universe pageant back, the Kardashians will be the new owners, Ryan Seacrest purchased the pageant from Endeavor, etc…
Now it’s making the rounds all over again on social media following the comments from one of the key people from CHI, revealing that the pageant was already sold.
We saw this coming from a mile away since we learned about the financial woes of the Miss Universe pageant’s parent company, Endeavor (formerly IMG|WME) early this year. We even gave a timeline of how their financials fell apart in an article. Who are we kidding? Endeavor currently has an astonishing $4.6 billion in long-term debts and overall liabilities totaling $7.2 billion. A company with that much debt is bound to sell their assets sooner or later…
At this point do we even care? The pageant has been rumored to be passed like a toy from one donation bin to another… Personally, we just wanted a consistently good show from year to year like it used to in the 80’s-90’s. New ownership or not.
If the Miss Universe pageant has truly been sold, then brace yourselves pageant fans. NEW doesn’t automatically translate to BETTER. The new owners might exercise more controls than previous owners have. It could mean changes in leadership and organizational structure as well. So there are many unknown factors to consider in this development. All of which pageant fans like us are powerless spectators of what is to unfold before us…
What do you think about this new “development”? Do you even care who the new owners are? Let us know on the comments below…
The Japan-based Miss International pageant has crowned 58 women from all over the world since its establishment in 1960. And Sashes&Scripts is listing the names and years of the Miss International winners based on their country ranking!
There has only been 2 times that the pageant was postponed/ cancelled in the years 1966 and 2020. And despite that, 31 countries have won the Miss International title at least once.
The season to be excited about the Miss Universe pageant has begun! Based on what we have been seeing online there are at least 15 ladies to be on the look out in the coming 69th edition of the Miss Universe pageant.
Despite the lack of reliable information on the dates of the MU pageant, we cannot help but sense the feeling that an official announcement may be made by the end of December. But that shouldn’t be of our concern for the moment because the Miss Universe fever seems to have started. And we have listed the ladies that every pageant fan should watch out for!
Blogger’s note: the names are listed in random order and shouldn’t be mistaken for a ranked list.
The Binibining Pilipinas pageant is the oldest running national pageant in the Philippines. Throughout the past the pageant is been deemed to be slow to change, preferring to stick to its tried and tested formulas.
All of this started to a change 4-5 years back when the pageant started to adapt and adopt progressive steps in its way of handling the pageant and its winners. While it would be too much to ask for a new pageant franchise to be added to its roster, we nevertheless focus on the more achievable wish-list for today’s blog post.
Pageant wardrobes have always been number 1 in every Filipino pageant fan wishlist. From 2015 onwards, pageant winners were allowed to have a say on their outfitsfor their international pageants. This allowed more freedom for the BBP winners to select the designers and glam teams that they would want to work with. This has always been a sore point with fans who clamored for better gowns and national costumes for our reps. The winners now also have longer ties with the Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated with longer contracts of 18 months. Even the candidate contracts have also been extended to 6 months.
There have been numerous rumors floating around regarding the 2020 edition of the Miss Universe pageant. Most of which are from various online sources. One thing is for sure, the pageant won’t be happening in 2020 and will be most likely to be called as the 69th Miss Universe edition in its publicity materials.
Here are several rumors that are most likely to happen:
1. Venue will be in the US– there are rumors that the pageant will happen in either Las Vegas or in Miami, it was let slip by Fred Mouawad that pageant will happen in the US so the likelihood that it will happen in other countries is quite slim. Earlier this year, we already posted the possibility of Miami as host only to have heard Las Vegas as an alternative should a hosting be not possible in Miami. With speculations that a Latina is ‘favoured’ to win the competition this year it makes good sense that the pageant is set in these two locations. Las Vegas has been a lucky venue for Mexican reps as Lupita Jones and Ximena Navarette won Miss Universe 1991 and 2010 respectively in Las Vegas. Miami on the other hand is a hub of the Latinos with the last latina winner, Paulina Vega of Colombia, winning in Doral, Miami.
2. Dates are Still Unconfirmed – the pageant is slated to happen during the 1st trimester of 2021 and this would happen sometime between the months of February to April. There have already been a ‘rumored schedule” going around online however this schedule is still debatable as National Directors did not receive such schedule. While pageant fans are hoping for the finals to happen sometime February, this might move depending on how the situation of the Covid19 is in the US. While it is hoped to have the pageant around middle of February, it is more likely that the pageant could happen a little later around March or April. The MUOrg is rumored to be having headaches due to the restrictions happening due to the pandemic. Announcements on dates and actual venue might happen anytime although it is more likely to expect official word around late January or February, as everyone is monitoring Covid situations in the US.
3. Lesser Number of Candidates this Year – if in 2018, the pageant saw it’s numbers swell to 94 candidates, it is very unlikely that this year they would breach 70-80. So far only 45 candidates have been confirmed to join and if by the end of December countries haven’t announced their candidates, the number is most like to be between 50 to 60 candidates for the 69th edition. National Directors are given a deadline to name their reps by end of the year or risk not be able to join at all. So expect more appointments to happen instead of crowned queens from competitions. For the first time since 1952, Germany will not be joining the MU pageant due to pandemic. It is also likely that more countries affected by the pandemic will follow suit as having a national pageant could drain them of financial resources they most likely to be in need of.
4. Pageant Social Distancing – this will still take place as Covid19 restrictions are still in place. Recently the state of California went on a lock-down due to the rising cases and deaths, so it is likely that the girls are going to observe social distancing even onstage. There is the possibility of the Miss USA finals staging to be repeated in Miss Universe is highly likely. And that would mean different microphones for each finalists during speaking rounds, batches of girls onstage for the introductions, no holding of hands for the final 2, etc… Social distancing measures would impact how live performances will be done and we might expect a “more austere” staging of the pageant than pageant fans are used to. Opening numbers could be pre-taped from various locations. Live performers might perform online/ separate venue to avoid too much people gathering in the venue. This applies to the audiences as well, so there won’t be a lot of tickets to be sold for fans to watch it live. It is likely that only close friends and families of the candidates and the national directors will be given tickets to watch the finals in person.
5. Pageant Format Changes – there might be changes in how the semifinalists are selected but the circulating 15-10-5 cuts might not be accurate. Until this is confirmed explicitly by the organization, it is best to be cautious of floating rumors. It is also rumored that the continental groupings is cancelled this year. That might not be the case as if they were to select 16 semifinalists they can do so with 4 each from the Americas, Asia-Pacific & Africa, Europe and Wildcards. That is why it is better to wait until further news can be confirmed regarding the pageant format. But what can be expected is the return of the paid online vote for a semifinal spot, so it might be 16 semi-finalists afterall. This has been something that is been floated among some insiders that the MUOrg has considered not to remove at all.
UPDATES, December 22
6. New Owners – after the rumor that the Miss Universe pageant has been sold, it was made clear on an Instagram reply by MUOrg President Paula Shugart that Endeavor still owns MU. This came after names like Ryan Seacrest, Kind Kardashian, Chavit Singson and even Fred Mouawad was floated as the possible new owners of the pageant.
What do you think of these rumored developments? Let us know on the comment section below…
With an Afro-American Miss USA winner and a biracial Filipina-American Miss Teen USA titleholder, there might be a room for a Latina Miss Universe winner for the 2020 edition of the pageant.
Diversity seems to be the mantra, or some say agenda, that the Miss Universe organization has been pushing nowadays. The conspiracy theorist in us is now looking at the possibility that the Miss Universe 2020 title may be reserved for a Latina winner to complete the set of diverse winners. It is no secret that the Miss Universe organization loves controversy, publicity is always something that is seemingly welcomed by the organization. Last year, the MUOrg made great headlines when its set of winners, from Miss Universe to the Miss Teen USA were all black women (Cheslie Kryst, Kaleigh Garris and Zozibini Tunzi). It also helped that the Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin was also black. They have been the talk of the media that rose the wave of the Black Lives Matter movement. The publicity that they have garnered was immense, as they have been on print and broadcast media for a large part of their reign.
The last couple of years saw a slew of changes in the national franchises of the Miss Universe pageant but what is interesting is how old and new pageant franchises seem to have messy, dirty controversies haunting the national pageants.
Over the past several months we saw controversy upon controversy that popped out against various national competitions and at times national directors who seems to have behaved unethically or are alleged to have rigged pageant results in favor of favorites.
One of the most common discussions your blogger have with pageant fans and followers in social media is about becoming a pageant trainer. We have long skirted this question because we felt that this is such a mature topic to discuss. That is because we personally believe that PAGEANT WRITERS OR BLOGGERS ARE NOT USUALLY CUT OUT TO BE PAGEANT MENTORS.
Shocker isn’t it? For this blogger, not it isn’t. But some of you may disagree with that thought. Let us explain that in today’s post.
BLOGGER’S NOTE: before we begin let us reiterate that this blogpost is mainly based on your blogger’s personal experience. Hence this piece is seen through a personal perspective rather than an over-arching view of all pageant bloggers experiences of it.
Also, most of the photos included in this blogpost were taken during our shoots with Binibining Pilipinas 2017 1st runner up Charmaine Elima prior to her joining BBP… to which this blogger styled her outfits.