Catriona Gray, the Philippines’ representative to the 2018 Miss Universe pageant, has confirmed speculation about the revamped format for the coronation day to be held in Bangkok. In an Instagram Live video, Gray on Tuesday shared with her nearly 700,000 followers that she and her fellow candidates were recently briefed about the changes from past iterations of the pageant. For one, the beauty queen said, “there is no live voting this year as in previous years.” Formerly, public votes helped determine one of the candidates who would make it into the top 12. ‘It was meant to light up’: Catriona clueless as to sudden malfunction of Miss Universe national costume The new format, Gray added, will see the 94 candidates trimmed down initially to the top 20, unlike last year’s competition where the first cut resulted in 16 aspiring queens left standing. The regional selection format will be retained for the top 20, Gray said. Europe, Asia and Africa, and North and South America will each have five representatives. The remaining five slots are for the “wild card” candidates, whose selection will be regardless of their continent. The top 20 will “will go straight to an opening statement, which means… Read full this story
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