Miss World show goes on - in Bali

16 , 2013 | Source: Sunday World

The Miss World 2013 pageant officially started this week with a colourful and cosmopolitan show that saw the beauties flood the stage in bright traditional Indonesian wear.

Silk dresses, skirts and jackets in orange, pink, gold and a multitude of other colours turned the stage in Nusa Dua, Bali, into a festival of colour.

While the contestants smiled their way through the beginning of the month-long pageant, the tight security betrayed the tension that has marred Miss World since the government of Indonesia decided to move the finals to Bali.

The main event was scheduled to take place at the Sentul International Convention Centre in Bogor on September 28.

But fierce protests from the Muslim community intensified to such an extent that it was deemed safer to move the pageant to Bali.

According to reports, the Grand Hyatt Jakarta has confirmed that all bookings were cancelled on Wednesday. It was to be the official host hotel.

Syafril Nasution, director of corporate affairs at RCTI TV station, which is hosting the event, reportedly said they had tried to get the government to reverse its decision, but to no avail.

He said the decision was regrettable because they had been preparing for three years and now had to scramble for a proper venue in Bali in just two weeks.

Meanwhile, early favourites among the contestants have emerged after this week′s ceremonies.

One of them is Miss Philippines Megan Young.

The gorgeous brunette has websites and blogs dedicated to her awesomeness, with more and more reader polls and votes coming in for her.

Blonde and beautiful Miss Brazil Sancler Frantz is hot on her heels with her sultry pout.

Miss Ukraine Anna Zayachkivska, Miss Peru Elba Fahsbender Merino and our own Miss South Africa Marilyn Ramos are also tipped as top contenders. - Staff Reporter

A set date and venue for the grand finale is yet to be announced.

Sunday World could not reach Ramos at the time of publication.

 

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