Elliott proved once again that consistency is key to any pageant victory. Though she may not have been the crowd’s favourite at the start of the show and during all of the pre-show activities, this almost shy looking (on stage) beauty kept her poise as she calmly moved through her five appearances with class and steadiness. Her best segments, where she pulled apart from the field and what eventually delivered the title for her, were her powerful Performing Talent and Evening Wear.
The new queen was very strong in her dramatization highlighting the plight of a woman who was forced to live through her relationship with a cheating husband, though in the end she had the last laugh, taking appropriate revenge.
Elliott eventually amassed a total of 1139.5 points to edge out the representative sponsored by LIME, Tricilla Arthurton who secured the First Runner up spot with 1139 points. Arthurton was also adjudged winner of the Best on Stage Interview with 204 points. A slightly enhanced performance in talent could have given her the dream she hoped for as a possible queen.
The Second Runner up was the pre-show and crowd’s favourite. Miss NEVEL, Vanessa Destouche, who, although had a great start in the competition, lost much ground in her interview, which was poorly executed as she failed to provide an answer that was relevant to the question asked of her. Her talent too was a bit too long and not quite entertaining. Had she also delivered even a slightly better performance in the interview the results could have been drastically altered. She gained just 8 ½ points less than the queen, amassing 1131 points at the end.
Destouche also picked up the consolation prizes for Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic, in addition to being named the winner of the Best Promotional Speech, though some in the audience would have given the nod to the delegate sponsored by Coastal Air, Jahnelle Nisbett.
The final results were, as follows:
Miss Photogenic and Miss Congeniality – Vanessa Destouche
Best Promotional Speech with a total of 213 points – Vanessa Destouche
Best Swimwear -Kentisha Daley
Best Talent (227.5 points) – Jomelle Elliott
Best Evening Wear – Jomelle Elliott (212 points)
Best Interview – Tricilla Arthurton 204 (points)
Second Runner up – Vanessa Destouche (1131)
First Runner up – Tricilla Arthurton (1139)
Queen – Jomel Elliott won by ½ point (1139.5)
Each contestant was also presented with a Participation trophy by the island’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Culture, Mark Brantley who also crowned the new queen.
Generally it was a pageant that had a few lows but mostly high moments especially with the guest appearances from the former calypso King Meeko, and the winners of the various pageants held last week. These included the Miss Talented Youth, Miss Nevis Teen, Mr. Talented Youth, Mr. Kool and others.
The festival continued Monday morning with J’ouvert, through the streets of Charlestown. Later in the evening contestants from throughout the Caribbean were billed to hit the stage in the annual Miss Caribbean Culture.
The other contestants were Catharine Seabrookes, Jahnell Nisbett and Kentisha Daley.