Sunday, December 14, 2014

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss is Miss World 2014; Miss Philippines in 17th place

Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss was crowned Miss World 2014 which was held at ExCel London Exhibition and Convention Centre on December 14, 2014. Strauss bested other 120 candidates. This is the second biggest roster of candidates ever in the history of Miss World; the biggest of which is Miss World 2013, having 127 candidates in all. Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar won as 1st princess, while Miss USA Elizabeth Safrit is the 2nd princess.
This is the 3rd time that South Africa has won the Miss World title.

Hosted by Tim Vincent and Miss World 2013 Megan Young, this is the 64th edition of the pageant. This is Tim's third time to host the global contest. Co-hosting with them is Mister World Canada 2013 Frankie Cena.

Judges include Donna Darby, Jodie Reynolds, Marsha-Rae Ratcliffe, Mike Dixon, Rudy Salles, Tony Hatch, Agbani Darego (Miss World 2001 - Nigeria), Azra Akin (Miss World 2002 - Turkey), Zhang Zilin (Miss World 2007 - China PR), Kaiane Aldorino (Miss World 2009 - Gigraltar) and Miss World CEO & President Julia Morley. Tabulator of scores was Steve Douglas.

Miss World 1994 Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan (India) was recognized for her efforts and advocacies since she won. She won Miss Photogenic in 1994. Aishwarya is a model and award-winning actress in India.

Miss Philippines Valerie Weigmann only finished the 17th spot in the finals.

Miss World 2014 Winners:

Miss World 2014: Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss

1st runner-up: Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar

2nd runner-up: Miss USA Elizabeth Safrit

Top 5 Finalists:
Miss Hungary Edina Kulcsar
Miss Australia Courtney Thorpe
Miss South Africa Rolene Strauss
Miss USA Elizabeth Safrit
Miss England Carina Tyrrell

Top 11 Semi-Finalists:
1. Miss India
2. Miss South Africa
3. Miss England
4. Miss Guyana
5. Miss Brazil
6. Miss Hungary
7. Miss Kenya
8. Miss United States
9. Miss Mexico
10. Miss Australia
11. Miss Thailand (People's Choice)

Continental Queens of Beauty:
Africa :  South Africa – Rolene Strauss
Americas : United States – Elizabeth Safrit
Asia : India – Koyal Rana
Caribbean : Dominican Republic – Dhío Moreno
Europe : Hungary - Edina Kulcsár
Oceania : Australia – Courtney Thorpe

Miss World 2014 Trivia:
  • Miss Philippines Megan Young is the first and only Miss World to present the show on her final day of reign. Her reign was the second longest ever in history - 1 year, 2 months, 16 days (1 year, 77 days). She was crowned September 28, 2013 and crowned her successor on December 14, 2014.
  • It has been 40 years since the second South African (Anneline Kriel) won Miss World on November 26, 1974. Their first Miss World crown was won in 1958.
  • Countries that debuted this 2014: Chad, São Tomé & Príncipe
  • Countries that withdrew this 2014:  Angola, Botswana, Bulgaria, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Dominica, Guinea-Bissau, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, St. Kitts & Nevis, Samoa, Uzbekistan, Zambia
  • Countries that returned this 2014: Egypt, Israel, Luxembourg, Myanmar, Uruguay, Zimbabwe
  • Miss World 2015 will be held in Nusa Dua, Indonesia;  Miss World 2016 in Seoul, Korea.

Grammy award-nominated and multi-platinum artist Sky Blu, from the super group LMFAO, was the official opening and closing act of Miss World 2014.

Known for his chart-topping global hits "Party Rock" and "Sorry for Party Rocking," Sky Blu will debut his newest single "We Love Girls," setting the tone for the most extravagant Miss World live final to date. The single premiered to a global audience for the first time and subsequently released on iTunes on this same day.

After the crowning of this year’s Miss World, Sky then closed the show with a medley of his smash singles "Pop Bottles" and "Shots" accompanied by live dancers and all the contestants of Miss World.

The second live act was performed by one of the hottest British boy band - The Vamps.

With the first five singles from their debut album, Meet the Vamps, hitting the UK Top 10, and the first four penetrating the coveted Top 5, The Vamps are on the path to global domination. Their smash hit "Somebody to You" which they performed live has already racked up over 40 million views on YouTube. The band will also embark on their first UK headline tour in support of their debut studio album and will play in 14 dates across the country.

Top 25 Quarter-Finalists:

Group #1:
Miss Bolivia
Miss Brazil
Miss China
Miss Dominican Republic
Miss England
Miss Mexico

Group #2:
Miss Guyana
Miss Hungary
Miss India
Miss Indonesia
Miss Malaysia
Miss South Sudan
Miss Vietnam

Group #3:
Miss Finland
Miss Ghana
Miss Kenya
Miss Netherlands
Miss Philippines

Group #4:
Miss Australia
Miss Russia
Miss Scotland
Miss South Africa
Miss Sweden
Miss Trinidad & Tobago

Miss World 2014 - Official Promo

Special Awards:

Beauty with a Purpose: Top 10
Top 5 Winners:
INDIA - Koyal Rana
KENYA – Idah Nguma
BRAZIL - Julia Gama
INDONESIA - Maria Sastrayu Rahajeng
GUYANA - Rafieya Husain

The advocacy projects of these 5 winners will be supported by the Miss World Foundation and Julia Morley, its CEO & President, will be visiting their respective countries.

Miss World 2014 - Beauty with a Purpose Presentation

The other 5 finalists:
BOLIVIA - Andrea Forfori Aguilera
ENGLAND - Carina Tyrrell
PHILIPPINES - Valerie Weigmann
SOUTH AFRICA - Rolene Strauss
NETHERLANDS – Tatjana Maul

People's Choice: Top 10
 People's Choice Winner: Thailand - Nonthawan Thongleng*
 Australia  - Courtney Thorpe
 Barbados - Zoé Trotman
Canada - Annora Bourgeault
Chad - Sakadi Djivra
 Haiti  - Carolyn Desert
 India  - Koyal Rana
   Nepal  - Subin Limbu
 Philippines -Valerie Weigmann
 Tanzania - Happiness Watimanya

*Being the People's Choice Winner, Miss Thailand Nonthawan Thongleng advanced to the semi-finalist round (supposedly Top 10 only), placing her into the 11th spot.

Miss World Top Model: Top 5
Miss World Top Model: BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA - Isidora Borovcanin
CHINA PR - Du Yang
SOUTH SUDAN - Awien Kuanyin-Agoth
HUNGARY - Edina Kulcsár
AUSTRALIA - Courtney Thorpe

World Fashion Designer Dress: Top 3
Best in World Fashion Designer Dress: Miss India Koyal Rana
Dominican Republic - Dhio Moreno
Scotland - Ellie McKeating

Beach Fashion: Top 5
Best in Beach Fashion: SWEDEN - Olivia Asplund
MEXICO - Daniela Álvarez Reyes
KENYA - Idah Nguma
SOUTH AFRICA - Rolene Strauss
INDIA - Koyal Rana

Multimedia: Top 5
Miss Multimedia: UNITED STATES - Elizabeth Safrit
NETHERLANDS - Tatjana Maul
GUYANA - Rafieya Husain
INDIA - Koyal Rana
ENGLAND - Carina Tyrrell 

Talent: Top 5
Miss Talent: Miss Malaysia Dewi Liana Seriestha

Miss MALAYSIA Dewi Liana Seriestha (Opera Singing) & Miss SCOTLAND Ellie McKeating (Traditional Gaelic Vocals), the Top 2 choices, had a sing-off and performed their individual pieces in front of the judges, live audience and millions watching at home.

RUSSIA - Anastasia Kostenko (Ballet)
SWEDEN - Olivia Asplund (Ice Skating)
UNITED STATES – Elizabeth Safrit (Ballet en Pointe)

Sports & Fitness: Top 5
Best in Sports & Fitness: FINLAND - Krista Haapalainen
2nd - HUNGARY - Edina Kulcsár
3rd - SOUTH AFRICA - Rolene Strauss
4th - SERBIA - Milica Vuklis
5th - WALES - Alice Ford

Dances of the World:
Bolivia, Mongolia, Slovenia, Kenya, Scotland, India, USA

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