Ninety girls vie for Miss Earth 2013 and the winner will be crowned on Saturday, December 7 at Versailles Palace, Alabang, Muntinlupa City, Philippines with live telecast on Star World at 8:00 p.m. Manila time and live stream on http://www.missearth.tv.
Beauty pageant aficionados have their favorites, and this early the frontrunners are the delegates from host country Philippines (Angelee Delos Reyes), India (Sobhita Dhulipala), Brazil (Priscilla Martins), Mexico (Kristal Silva), Thailand (Punika Kulsoontornrut), Venezuela (Alyz Henrich), Ukraine (Anatasia Sukh) and Kosovo (Donika Emini).
Not far behind are the candidates from Nepal (Rojisha Shahi Thakuri), Martinique (Rani Charles), Macau (Ashley Qian), Indonesia (Nita Sofiani), England (Chloe Othen), Dominican Republic (Maria Eugenia Vargas), Colombia (Diana Carolina Ortegon), China (Lisa Xiang) and Canada (Sofiya Chorniy).
Special award winners (each have 3 for gold, silver, bronze) have been announced and the important ones are the Evening Gown Competition (won by Venezuela, Nepal, Philippines), Swimsuit Competition (Ukraine, Brazil, Venezuela), Miss Photogenic Online Voting (India, Macau, Philippines), Talent Competition (Kazakhstan, Russia, China), Resorts Wear Competition (Thailand, Ukraine, France) and Eco-Beauty (India, Macau, Turkey).
In this pageant, Brazil ranks 1st with 2 winners (2004, 2009) and 5 finalists, followed by Philippines with 1 winner (2008) with 4 finalists and 5 semi-finalists. 3rd in the ranking is India with 1 winner (2010), 2 finalists and 3 semi-finalists.
Others in the winning circle are Ecuador (2011), Venezuela (2005), Denmark (2001), Kenya (2002), Honduras (2003), Chile, (2006), Canada (2007) and Czech Republic (2012).
There has been history of dethronement in Miss Earth. In 2002, Džejla Glavović of Bosnia and Herzegovina was dethroned. Winfred Adah Omwakwe from Kenya took over the title being the 1st runner-up. In 2010, Jennifer Pazmiño of Ecuador was dethroned. Viktoria Shchukina from Russia as Miss Air took over the title.
Drama before the finals
The delegate from Trinidad and Tobago withdrew from the pageant a day before the finals. Per Missosology, the organizers in the said country sent Carousel Productions this message:
“It is with deep regret to formally inform you that the Board of ONENESS ENTERTAINMENT TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, producers of the Miss Oneness Trinidad and Tobago Beauty Pageant, announces that Miss Ariana Nadene Rampersad, Trinidad and Tobago’s delegate at the prestigious Miss Earth pageant in the host country of the Philippines for this year, has been WITHDRAWN effective today 5th December 2013 @ 2:18pm, due to circumstances beyond our control.
“Thank you for your time.”
In the show after all
Miss Earth Pageant posted on their Facebook page today, December 7, around 3:30 p.m. Manila time this: “Trinidad and Tobago will be on tonight’s show.”
About four hours earlier (Manila Time), Missosology Trinidad and Tobago posted, “Although our country will not be participating in the show tomorrow, I would like to wish all the contestant (sic) the best .”
Updates and full coverage of the contest can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/MissEarthPageant.