19 November 2008

Miss World Contestants Tour South Africa

THE 112 Miss World contestants yesterday departed Johannesburg, for a tour of South Africa for location and beachwear filming.

Today the beauties will tour the host country until Friday 28, November when they return to Jozi. On November 29, there will be a Beach Beauty fast track event where the winner will automatically advance to the semi finals of the Miss World contest.

The following day, there will be a Miss World Talent Show and on World AIDS Day (December 1), they will pay a visit to a hospice.

A Top Model and World Designer Fashion Show is scheduled for Wednesday December 3. On Friday December 5, Miss World sports will be held and the winner in this category also gains automatic entry to the semi-finals. Monday December 8, the beauties will have an annual Miss World party and on December 11, 12 they will have dress rehearsals which will precede the finals the following day at Sandton Convention Centre. On Sunday 14 December, the beauties leave Johannesburg for their respective countries.

Continental Queens of Beauty

The judges of the Continental Queens of Beauty, a fast event in the Miss World contest in Johannesburg have selected their favourite 40 so far.

The ranking is updated every three or four days. All the judges are Miss World followers and will be paying close attention to all candidates as the competition unfolds.

Each of the judges was requested to divide his/her top 40 favourites in eight groups of five candidates. The five contestants in the first group (top favourites) get eight points each, the five in the second group, get seven points and so on, until the five contestants in the eighth group, each earning one point.

All the others do not receive any points. The highest scored in each region will become Continental Queen of Beauty for her region regardless of overall placement.

In the Africa region, Miss Angola, Miss Uganda, Miss Namibia and Miss South Africa are in the judges' top 40.

By Nombulelo Matsebula (In the picture is Miss Swaziland, Tiffany Simelane, to Miss World 2008.)