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Miss Universe competition below par

Published:Thursday | January 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The 2015 Miss Universe coronation show, while entertaining and well-organised, fell below par in terms of the cadre of judges chosen to sit on this year's panel. In a competition of this prestige and magnitude, suitable persons should be chosen to fill this crucial role. The most important feature of the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant - second only to the contestants - is the panel of judges, because they, ultimately, decide who the next Miss Universe will be.

Judges of the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant should not have thick accents (this proved a deterrent to 2015 Miss Universe Jamaica Kaci Fennell when she was asked, in the final round, a question by one of the judges on this year's panel, Emilio Estefan). There should be a good gender and, also, ethnic balance of judges; questions posed should not be of such a controversial nature, that, no matter how the contestant answers, she will be criticised by persons, including the judges, who oppose her position. This, unfortunately, happened to 2010 Miss Universe contestant and finalist, Jamaica's Yendi Phillips, which, many believe, cost her that year's crown.

PATRICK A. GALLIMORE

pagalley@hotmail.com