When Miss Colombia Paulina Vega was crowned the new Miss Universe last night it came as a shock to fans of Miss Jamaica. Live audience members at FIU in Miami, Florida showed their disagreement so loudly it momentarily stopped the coronation announcement. Meanwhile, Twitter fans took to the Internet with the hashtag #MissJamaicaShouldHaveWon.
What was even more shocking to other contestants than Miss Jamaica’s loss was Miss Colombia’s win. First Runner-up Miss USA seemed surprised. So did Miss Puerto Rico, who reportedly fainted on the spot. Pageant controversies such as these bring up the question – Should Donald Trump bring back the digital scoreboard for the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants?
For those of us who watched pageants in the ’90s the digital scoreboard was not only a big clue as to which contestants were doing well in the eyes of the judges. It was also a glimpse into the not-so-distant future. Since members of the home viewing audience were the only ones privy to the judge’s scores, no one in the live audience had warning of what was about to happen next.
Even better than the digital scoreboard were the commentaries from former Miss USA and Miss Universe titleholders. Gone are the days when were treated to the likes of Ali Landry giving a blow-by-blow description of who placed in the Top 3 of each preliminary competition. There was even a time when a winner was announced for the categories of swimsuit, evening gown, and interview.
So, what better time than now to bring back the honored tradition of “we know something you don’t know” to national and international pageantry. Mr. Trump, if you’re reading this, please give the people what they want. Here are the top reasons for bringing back the digital scoreboard to the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.
Finding out what fashions were the judges’ favorites
Sure, looking at pretty gowns is fun. But what I really want to know is what kinds of scores Nina Garcia and Kristin Cavallari gave to all those red dresses.
Seeing what the Pac-Man thought of Miss USA’s answer
Going into the contest, some thought Miss USA was a shoe-in to win the title of Miss Universe. After all, her Taw Kwon Do expertise had to be impressive to one of the judges – professional boxer Manny Pacquiao. But it would have been great to see his score of her answer to his question about world terrorism.
Gaining better insight as to why Miss Jamaica didn’t make the final grade
While Miss Jamaica’s family has their own opinions about how short hair lost her the title, a digital scoreboard would have shown exactly where she stood throughout the evening. It also would have cued us in on the impending eruption that the live audience didn’t see coming when Miss Jamaica was announced as 4th Runner-up.
Feeling the love of a scoreboard
People love a good scoreboard. In fact, Miss Canada’s hockey-inspired national costume went viral earlier this week over one. Scoreboards give us comfort. They give us insight. They let us know which judges are clearly not paying attention, and which ones know great beading when they see it.
Catching up with former titleholders
Of course, with the scoreboard we have to have a former Miss USA or Miss Universe describing the scores to us. Because we need that. Not sure who to book first? Olivia Culpo would be a great start. Then we can get the dish on her engagement to Nick Jonas. Or, better yet, have him join her.
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