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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Miss South Africa 2012 Special: Final Telecast Review

This year, our guest blogger in South Africa will once again keep an eye on the journey to find the next Miss South Africa. Every week, our blogger (who wishes to remain anonymous) will share their thoughts and opinions about The Road to Miss SA series as well as keep eye on the contestants who have the potential to do well internationally. There will also be a review of the final, and comments about the production in general. Eye For Beauty Blog is not based in South Africa and we are not able to follow the Miss South Africa Pageant closely.
Here follows our guest blogger's review of Miss South Africa 2012 - The Final:

The 56th Annual Miss South Africa Pageant concluded Sunday, with the culmination of crowning 21-year old beauty, Marilyn Ramos.
12 contestants participated in the live Finale, who were reduced from over 600 entrants during the pre-pageant shows "The Road to Miss South Africa."

About the winner:

Marilyn was born and raised in Klerksdorp but now lives in Pretoria. The 21 year old has Portuguese and Afrikaans heritage and even though she looks exotic and has a very Hispanic last name, she considers herself Caucasian. Marilyn entered the pageant before, in 2010 and 2011. During the run-up to the live event, Marilyn was flying well below the radar and wasn't featured very strongly during the Road to Miss SA. She did manage to place in the Top 3 during the Press Interviews, after which it was revealed that Marilyn was the favourite contestant from among the press, as revealed by Head Judge Sonia Raciti.

I personally find her beautiful but understated. She has potential to transform really well, but she'll need an expert to help her along the way. Melinda Bam has raised the bar extremely high and to continue where she left off will be indeed a tough job. Marilyn has a shy demenour, similar to that of Joan Ramagoshi, Miss SA 2003. She is definitely more of a Miss World contestant where I predict she will do well. At this point, I cannot see her potential at Miss Universe but if she goes all out like Melinda Bam, she can do well. As Miss SA, use the title to uplift you. If you sit around and wait for people to come to you, indeed you are living in a fools paradise. Melinda found designers, she worked herself up and I truly am proud of her accomplishments and am not afraid to say she is my most favourite Miss South Africa ever. I love how she said she will be there for her successor in her farewell video, and I encourage Marilyn to go to Melinda for advice. She is remarkable! Good luck to Marilyn, may you have a successful year ahead.
ABOUT THE FINALISTS:

I was somewhat disappointed in the overall quality of this year's contestants. It's been the weakest group in a long time. Facially, only three contestants stood out to me. The rest was utterly disappointing, and every week during the run-up to the show, I saw stunning girls being eliminated. Girls like Aisha, Zahra, Michele, Roxzanne and especially NALEDI Willers, who after being eliminated had many passionate fans angry and stunned by the judges decision to eliminate her. The facebook site had to remove Sonia Raciti's profile after fans maliciously attacked her for being "dumb", "arrogant" and laughed at her for trying to make music. I have spoken to Naledi about re-entering, but she is concerned for various reasons and has not specified if she will or not re-enter.
I predicted three of the Top five. Charne King, Pearl Nxele and Simone de Kock. I didn't see Marilyn anywhere near the top but suspected Stacey to do well. I wouldn't like to see any of this year's top 12 return. Pearl would age out in 2 years, and whilst Simone was the prettiest amongst this year's group, there have been so many more beautiful girls in other years. I also think that this is a beauty pageant and yes, we should go for the complete package but do not sacrifice a beautiful contestant who struggles in interview for an average contestant who does interview well. Interview skills can be worked on, beauty (unless going under the knife) cannot. And South Africans have a tendency to frown upon plastic surgery anyways.
If you go back and look in previous years, a number of contestants could have won in any given year. This year was a very unattractive bunch. I hope that the standards have not dropped and that more beautiful girls decide to enter next year.

MISS SA on Facebook:
The best thing the Miss SA Pageant has done in years was to introduce a facebook page. There are over 20 000 fans and counting. The person who is running it is amazing and very courteous. It is also a pleasant way of getting the pageant out there.

ABOUT THE PRODUCTION:
An utter yawnfest. It's like I've been watching the same pageant for the last 5 years with different contestants. There's nothing innovative, creative or showstopping. As a pageant lover, I should never feel as if though a pageant is going on and on and on, but it feels just like that.
There is no excitement at all. It's actually quite boring. The only thing I looked forward to was seeing who made Top five and who won. And of course seeing our Melinda's farewell. But the rest of it was just awful.
There needs to be a feeling of competition. Bring back a leaderboard, scores, anything. I have to commend the show on bringing a sound-proof booth so the Top five could all answer the same question. But a very dull question if you ask me. "What is the most underrated thing about South Africa?"

The Haute Couture segment should be banished. All the girls wore yellow outfits. Each contestant came to the mic and introduced themselves.
The swimsuit segment was fine, the best part of the pageant. Dax Martin truly is the best swimwear in SA.

The evening gown competition was seriously the worst thing I've ever witnessed. The gowns were all cream-nude colours and looked like updated matric farewell gowns. If any of those dresses were worn on international stage, we would have been laughed and mocked at. I hated every single gown. And I detest the way all the contestants have to look the same in respect to their hair. This is not a theatre production and the contestants are not part of the crew. All the contestants wore high buns. They all wore the same colour gowns. It was awful.
The stage was nice, the hosts were fine. But the show's production was an utter borefest.
The best production of the pageant was in 2002. Why has there been such a downfall since?
The top five were deserving of their places. Dhesha looked the best ever on stage. She wasn't shining during the run-up, but live on stage, she looked great. I was a bit shocked she missed the cut altogether. The crowd favourite, Pearl Nxele would have been a better choice for the crown, but she had to settle for 2nd princess. Marilyn, also a crowd favourite emerged victorious. Congratulations.
All in all, we have a winner with potential. She is not bad at all. Marilyn will shine at MW but she will have to be insightful and creative for MU. Good luck.

It's been a blast, I would like to thanks Andre for allowing me the opportunity to do this and if I can, I'd love to cover next year.
BTW, Melinda is so winning Miss Universe

Disclaimer***

All ideas, thoughts, comments, and critique expressed in these articles are solely those of our guest blogger and does NOT necessarily represent those of the editor of this website. I would like to make it clear that I have always been a great supporter of the Miss South Africa Pageant and that even traveled to the Miss World Pageant on two occasions to support Miss South Africa. It is my sincere hope that the organizers of Miss South Africa will take all the support, comments, and even criticism they get and use it to make the pageant relevant again. We do not want the pageant to suffer the same fate as its little sister, Miss SA Teen.


EYE FOR BEAUTY BLOG WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR GUEST BLOGGER IN SOUTH AFRICA FOR THEIR AMAZING REPORTS. IT WAS GREAT TO BE ABLE YOU BACK NEXT YEAR... EVEN THOUGH I AM SECRETLY HOPING THAT NEXT YEAR SUN INTERNATIONAL WILL DECIDE TO STREAM THE PAGEANT LIVE. CONGRATULATIONS AGAIN TO MISS SOUTH AFRICA, MARILYN RAMOS. SHE REMINDS OF JO-ANN STRAUSS AND I THINK SHE IS GOING TO GROW A LOT THIS YEAR AND I BELIEVE SHE HAS THE TYPE BEAUTY AND PERSONALITY THAT THE MISS WORLD PAGEANT WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE!!!  - Editor, Eye For Beauty Blog


All photos courtesy of the Miss South Africa Official Facebook Page  and photographer Bruce K. Cantrell www.brucekcantrell.com

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