Miss Universe Group (MUO) proprietor Anne Jakrajutatipa mentioned she was “shocked however not shocked” after the front-runners, together with the Philippines’ guess Celeste Cortesi, did not make it to the High 16 of the 2022 pageant.
Jakrajutatip spoke about this in a dialog with Filipino entrepreneur Olivia Quido, as seen on the latter’s Fb web page on Wednesday, January 18. The subject was introduced up after Quido, a member of the pageant’s choice committee, acknowledged that Filipino followers have been shocked by this. Cortesi’s failure to enter the High 16.
“I am shocked too — Thailand … I sat again and thought, ‘Holy shit, what is going on on right here?'” she mentioned, additionally mentioning a number of different leaders, together with Italy, Mexico and Honduras, who did not qualify.
“I counted myself in like 15 or 20 of those that used to take the ballot internationally — everyone simply ripped the ballot off,” she continued. “All the things simply turned the wrong way up.”
The brand new MUO proprietor burdened afterwards that whereas she was shocked by the outcomes, she was “not shocked” because the competitors had a “good curriculum” by way of judging standards. Jakrajutatip additionally acknowledged that each candidate must be given “equal alternatives” within the competitors.
“I’m shocked however not shocked by the standard of the referees or the excessive requirements. I feel we had a great curriculum,” she acknowledged. “So I am not shocked, I am shocked, as a result of often they get in, nevertheless it’s excellent news for lots of different nations. As a result of they often say, “Oh proper, the High 16 is all the time the identical.”
Throughout the interview, Yakrajutathipa hit again at allegations that the pageant was “coordinated and arrange”, saying she shouldn’t “endanger” herself by doing so. She then requested pageant followers to respect the outcomes, particularly Miss Universe 2022 titleholder R’Bonnie Gabriel, who “did a terrific job” on the pageant.
Gabriel, a Filipino-American delegate from the USA, was declared the winner on the coronation evening held in New Orleans, Louisiana final January 14. /ra
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