Miss Supranational had announced there would be changed in its format and the edition of this year contest was going to be much bigger and more exciting. While it does manage to live upto its hype and got more media attention than ever, the finale wasn’t any different from its previous edition. I would still say I still enjoy as it is and the stage was magnificent like its previous editions. Production wise, it sure is catching up to Miss Universe and Miss World contest. After wowing everyone, the contest ended with the 2nd crown for India in just a matter of two years and the first for India and Miss Supranational Organisation. While she rightly deserved her title, one contestant that came close to winning the crown was Miss Venezuela ending up with 1st runner up title. The two hosts did exceptionally well. While I enjoyed their stint as a host, it was Davina Reeve who made it more enjoyable. She was just more than a host. She spoke like she was one of the contestants. Her nervousness of who would make it to the next round made it more tensed and thrilling. It wasn’t someone just talking on stage but it was someone who struck a chord with the audience through her words, emotions and her ever ready to appreciate contestants to cheer them. She was just fabulous and different from the rest.
The contest started with a presentation of delegates national costumes live on stage with a background score of a cover of Justin Timberlake song ‘Can’t stop this feeling’ They were joined by the two host of the night. The contestants delighted everyone with their colourful outfits showing their culture, tradition and heritage from their own lands grooving to a cover of different songs such as Martin Solveig’s Do It Right, DNCE’s Cake By The Ocean by DNCE and Calvin Harris’s My Way. This is the one round which will never bored me. Watching people’s culture and trying to understand what it represents is always fascinating. The energy was somewhat low in this round. That’s understandable since contestants had to walk and move wearing their heavy costumes. Some had to walk cautiously and slowly in their heavily decorated national costumes. While the contestants were introduced in batch of three, the intermission by the hosts in between to give time for the next batch of contestants to come on stage was a bit time consuming and kills the excitement. A pre-taped of this round could have been better and saved time. Once done, the contestants could come up on stage in their majestic costumes.
Next was the swimsuit presentation. This time the ladies were introduced more than two at a time. This round was faster and better than the previous round in terms of presentation and time taken. The first group performed to a cover song Ground Level by Auer feat Natalia Nykiel and the second group had Peanut Butter Jelly by Galantis as their background score. India, Indonesia, Poland, Russia, Venezuela, Rwanda, Sri Lanka, Suriname, Venezuela were the few ones who stood out.
After the swimsuit presentation, the 71 delegates get to showcase their evening gown with a performance on stage by Polish singer Andrzej Cierniewskn singing What a Wonderful World and Crying Time. Unlike the previous rounds, the contestants were not introduced. Introducing them in their elegant and gorgeous gown would have made the round more interesting. But someone who struck me from the beginning to this round was Miss Venezuela. The tall and stunning beauty just outshined everyone with her amazing stage presence. I was quite fixated on her gown. Love the gown on her. Her tall stature adds more beauty to the gown she was wearing.
From 71 contestants competing for the main crown, now there were only 25 competing for title of Miss Supranational 2016. Mauritius came in a rather pageant patty red gown. Nothing extraordinary about the gown. Sri Lanka too had a gown which we have seen in many pageants but one thing that works for her is that she looks good in it. She looks so graceful. What works for Russia in her blue gown is her tall stature and modelesque looks. Philippines too wore a gown similar of Sri Lanka. The teal-colored gown which had an off-shoulder draped neckline or top section and split-front skirt looked very classy on her. Hungary wore a white gown that was more suited for a prom or bridesmaid dress. Rwanda’s ball gown didn’t quite impress. Brazil wore a simple blue long evening gown. Poland was in a red ball gown. The energy she brought to the stage speaks a lot for her. Paraguay tulle embroidered red evening gown was one of the best among the 25 finalists. Japan’s gown had too much of glitters. Vietnam looks sexy in a strapless red number. The high front slit with an overlay skirt was a takeaway of the gown. India had a very unflattering black gown. If this round was actually a competition she would have been on the borderline of the top 10. The full sleeve mirror gown of Venezuela was spectacular. Indonesia came with an illusion nude gown with red lines running on top of the nude gown. Mexico’s silver beaded gown was on the safer side. Panama floral applique gown didn’t help to stand her out. Belarus wore a rather simple gown. The silver bead on top with rich blue gown look so simple yet Belarus managed to look elegant in it. Argentina followed in a red mermaid gown. I love Romania’s ball gown. The contrasting colour of the gown work really well. Australia had a mustard colour beaded flowing gown. Netherlands had a beaded sheer gown which had a see through towards the bottom. Ukraine came in a in very flowery gown with a cape. I like the way she was playing with the cape. Myanmar’s red gown with silver linings on the gown was another standout. She also tried playing with her cape by spreading out it out flowing from her shoulder. Slovak Republic followed in a pink number. This was too plain. Suriname was the last one and she looked so cool and pristine in her white mermaid gown. It was those blue floral design applique on the gown which enhanced the beauty of the rather simple gown.
Most of the gowns were too pageant patty. Maybe since there wasn’t going to be an evening gown competition during the finale, the contestants didn’t or their National Director didn’t pay much attention unlike Miss Universe contest.
The Contestants further competed in sportswear round and cocktail round. In the sportswear round, the ladies showed their flexibility and athletic skills while being in the groove of Rinse and repeat by Riton ft Kah-Lo. The cocktail round had the 25 finalists again showing their grace, confidence and presence with a stage performance the famous dou K-Leah and Dharni singing Waiting all night by Rudimental ft. Ella.
Here’s the overall impression of the 25 contestants from both the rounds. Argentina did try to have fun on stage but the energy on stage was missing. Australia was more about walking a runway. Belarus was so much fun to watch. She brings energy that was missing on stage. Brazil was more about balancing the act. Hungary is another tall beauty queen whose assets are her gorgeous face and tall stature beyond the she seems to be lacking some stage presence. India’s performance in sportswear round was good but in the other round, her cocktail dress makes her look short. Every time I look at Indonesia, she reminds me of Katy Perry. She is so fresh. Japan’s performance was a mixture of being fierce and soft. She balanced both so well. Mauritius was low in energy and it was a lackluster performance. Mexico looked like she was trying too hard to have fun and looked appealing. Myanmar was all about come and appear on stage. Her catwalk could have been better. Netherlands personality just shines on stage. Love her smile. Panama seems like she was trying to enjoy being on the stage. Paraguay reminds me of one of the Victoria secret Angels. Philippines looked a bit too serious on stage. Poland was all about having fun on stage and let her presence speaks for her. She definitely was enjoying the attention from the crowd. Romania didn’t do much on stage. Just walked and posed. Russia’s height and her charming smile were her assets. Rwanda despite having a good body and appealing face, she couldn’t deliver a powerful performance. Seems like she was thinking something on stage. Slovak Republic performance was just fine. There wasn’t much spark despite her bewitching smile. Sri Lanka has a sweet and calming personality on stage. Suriname definitely was one of the strongest. I thought the contest for the crown was between Venezuela and Suriname. Ukraine performance was average. Just another contestant who is just having fun on stage. Vietnam was all about smiling on stage. Venezuela is on another level. Her presence, aura and energy speak for herself. She was the star of the night.
The top 10 were announced and they were Myanmar, Belarus, Poland, India, Indonesia, Venezuela, Hungary, Sri Lanka, Suriname and Slovak republic. Indonesia was the winner of internet vote. Whether she was the winner of this audience poll or not, she definitely deserved her placement in the top 10. The Miss Earth syndrome followed Miss Supranational too after Miss Grand International. When Poland was called on stage, Paraguay came on stage instead leaving Poland standing behind. I think it was thoughtful of Miss Poland to stay back or else it would have been awkward moment for Paraguay and further embarrassed her. The Top 10 got a chance to walk on stage to the song of Oliver Heldens X Becky Hill – Gecko (Overdrive) before they were narrowed down to top 5 for question and answer round.
The top 5 were Misses Venezuela, India, Suriname, Sri Lanka and Hungary. For this question and answer round, Question from the top 5 contestants itself. This brings us back to Miss World 2000 but the good thing was that here the contestants were spoke asking question to the contestant.
Miss Venezuela Valeria Vespoli Figuera to Miss India Srinidhi Shetty – “What is the best thing you have experienced in this beauty competition?
Miss India – “One such thing… Well thank you for your question. 71 countries 71 delegates fighting for same purpose that is the crown, with unity and love, that’s one thing I am going to cherish forever in my life.”
Miss India Srinidhi Shetty to Miss Suriname Jaleesa Pigot – “Hi Miss Suriname, you look gorgeous. What a man can learn from women and what a woman can learn from men? One any quality?”
Miss Suriname – “Thank you for your question India. Men can learn from woman patience. A lady carries her baby for 9 months, and you need patience for that. What women can learn from men is to take care and to do your utmost best for your loving family. Thank you.”
Miss Suriname Jaleesa Pigot to Miss Sri Lanka Ornella Mariam Gunesekere – “Hi Sri Lanka… What is the definition of beauty for you?”
Miss Sri Lanka – “Beauty to me is inspiration, beauty evokes inspiration. Beauty is something not just on the physical; it’s something that makes you feel. Beauty is something you feel with your eyes closed, it’s the way a person talks to you, the way a person looks at you, and the way a person makes you feel. And that to me inspires people, and that is beauty.”
Miss Sri Lanka Ornella Mariam Gunesekere to Miss Hungary Korinna Kocsis – “Hello Gorgeous… My Question to you is, what makes you the happiest in life?”
Miss Hungary – Good evening everyone, thank you for the question. Happiest for me would be if you are balanced with yourself. If you are good and your soul is good, I think it’s the happiness. And if your balance is good this could be the happiest thing.
Miss Hungary Korinna Kocsis to Miss Venezuela Valeria Vespoli Figuera – “What is or what are the most important human character for you?”
Miss Venezuela – “Hello, well the most important human character is to respect his elder, to love, to be honest, and always be happy and try to be the best person. Just be positive all the time. Thank you.”
Last year, the top 10 contestants faced questions and they finished their answers in just 2-3 sentences. The questions asked were too simple relating to mostly relating to their activities in Miss Supranational contest. And they answered like they were in a hurry to finish their answers. This year is quite difference. The questions asked were very intelligent and their answers had substance. Miss Suriname and Miss India answer were the best overall. While Miss Suriname answer will struck chord with many women and feminist, Miss India answer about fighting for crown with unity and love reflect the great time the contestants had and without any controversy unlike the previous two international competition before it.
Before the crowning, the top 5 had their final walk on stage. The song used in this round was Coldplay’s Adventure Of A Lifetime. In the end Miss India was crowned Miss Supranational 2016 over Miss Venezuela. While I think Miss Venezuela would be a great Miss Supranational, Miss India outshines everyone through her amazing personality. Miss Supranational Org. had also released a statement on their official Facebook post that during the preliminary interview contestants were asked who should win the contest. Most of them had mentioned Miss India. This speaks for Miss India victory. One of the best moment of the night was the enthusiasm and happiness the contestants showed when Srinidhi was crowned as Miss Supranational 2016. The answer of Miss India about fighting for the crown but with love and unity proved the crowning moment.