17 May 2009

Miss Panama 2009 Crowns Representatives to Misses World and Universe 2009

A reality TV show that lasted 9 weeks came to an end on Friday when Nadege Herrera (22), a professional model who holds a degree in Tourism and Marketing, was crowned Panama's representative to Miss World during the final show held at the Tihany Spectacular Circus tent in Panama City on May 15th.

The program was pre-taped for television in the middle of an epidemic scare due to the AH1N1 virus, which forced the cancellation of major massive events.

Herrera (photo, left), who stands 1.82 m tall, will represent Panama at the Miss World 2009 pageant in London and South Africa next December.

Crowned as the Miss Universe representative was 22-year old Diana Patricia Broce (right), from Los Santos. The 1.70 m former carnival queen holds a degree in finances and will compete at the Miss Universe 2009 pageant in the Bahamas, next August.

The remaining finalists were Liseth Diaz (24), Stephanie Thompson (18), Lidia McNulty (20) and Maria Luisa Pretelt (22).

The reality TV show -which was delayed due to the presidential elections weeks ago- was on the eye of a worldwide audience due to the famous "Confucious invented confusion" answer by contestant Giosue Cozzarelli, who was eliminated one week prior to the final. The 10 contestants were supposed

Another innovation was the announcement of the winners; Diana Broce was announced, during the first part of the show, that she would represent Panama in Miss Universe. The remaining delegates will compete again; and when the show concluded, the hosts announced that Nadege Herrera was representing Panama in Miss World.