The pageant which is scheduled for Thursday 30th December at the Sugar Mill will feature eleven beautiful and talented young ladies and not 12 as originally planned, because Miss Dominican Republic has opted out due to reasons that have not been revealed.
The countries contesting Thursday evening’s event are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Thomas, St. Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, and host country St. Kitts and Nevis.
At a recent press briefing, the eleven contestants encouraged patrons to go out and be prepared to be fully entertained.
Each contestant promised to bring their ‘A’ game to the stage with talent, beauty and intelligence.
Last year there was a tie for the crown where St. Lucia’s Consuelo Dupal and Berriscia Byron of St. Kitts-Nevis had to jointly share the title for the past twelve months.
However, both queens revealed that they enjoyed their reign together despite having to share the crown.
One thing is for sure, there will not be a repeat of a tie result. “The organizing committee has put in place rules that will ensure that there is never another tie and, therefore, we can say that this is one for the history books,” so said Antonio Maynard Executive Producer for the pageant.
According to the new implementation, there shall be no ties for any position, including the winning Queen position or any other segment.
2. If there is a tie for any final position, then the scored performance of the tied contestants in the most important part of the show (the section with the highest points) will be considered and applied. If there is a clear winner in that segment for the contestants involved, then that contestant will be deemed the winner.
3. If there is a tie in points for that section, then the contestant with the majority of the judges scoring in her favour will be deemed the winner.
4. If there is still a tie among the judges, then the scores of remaining judges in that segment will be considered, and applied.
5. If there is still a tie, then the next most important segment in terms of points will be considered, and applied, and the same procedure as above (2-4) will be followed through to the least important segment of the show until a winner is determined.
6. If all of the above fails to separate the tied contestants, then the available judges will be asked to select a winner with the head judge having a casting vote in the event of a deadlock among the judges.
The newly-introduced policy also spells out tie-breaking criteria, which are to be used should ties occur in any of the five segments.
1. If there is a tie for the winner of a segment, then the contestant that has the most first positions in that segment on the judge’s score sheets will be deemed the winner.
2.If there is still a tie then the contestant with the most second places on the score sheets in that segment will be deemed the winner.
3. If there is still a tie, the next position (third) through to the last position will be considered until a winner is determined.
4. If all of the above fails to separate the tied contestants, then the available judges for that segment will be asked to select the winner, with the head judge having a casting vote in the event of a deadlock among the judges.
The full list of countries and their representatives are Miss St. Kitts- Zinga Imo (16), Miss Anguilla – Chelsey Hughes (15); Miss Barbados- Danika Terise Mia Cecelia Haynes (18); Miss BVI- Sylvanna Lerose Charles (15);Miss Grenada -Nandy Summor Noel (17) ; Miss Jamaica- Chanike Russell (18) ;Miss St. Lucia – Racquel John (17); Miss Trinidad & Tobago – Kerry-ann Sealy (17); Miss Antigua & Barbuda -Trevorlyn Sheppard and Miss St. Thomas-Tianna Jeremy (17).
Trinidad and Tobago’s Ziggy Ranking will be guest artiste for the evening. The pageant will be hosted by Grenadian comedian Ezekial ‘Fat Man’ George and News Anchor Jason Davis of ZIZ Broadcasting Corporation.