Miss Jamaica World Organizers Defend Pageant. Following a five-year hiatus from hosting duties for the Miss Jamaica World pageant, Spartan Health Club was once again organised the local beauty pageant for the year 2017.
The year has not been short of controversy for the organizers, with last month being one of their hardest periods in the local media, especially with the ejection of Shaneke Williams, one of the original finalists in the top 16.
Then the night all had been waiting for rolled around, and the competition was once again at the forefront of heavy criticism, this time as a result of what many viewers expressed was a poorly organised show.
The pageant was broadcast to the general public via live streaming on YouTube, and the comments section was overflowing with messages pointing out all that was wrong with the production aspect of the show. Viewers expressed concern with everything from the quality of the ladies in this year’s competition to the hosts selected for the final night.
However, in an interview the Pageant Director of Miss Jamaica World 2017 Kandi King said that it is easy for persons on the outside to criticize a project with no idea of the actual work that goes into getting the project off the ground.
King pointed out that having taken over the reins of the pageant again after five years, she believes that her team did their best and can only get stronger in the years to come.
She also defended the pageant’s choice in hosts as she said that the chemistry between former Miss Jamaica World Yendi Phillipps and social media personality Quite Perry was the perfect blend of class and “down-to-earthness” that the pageant needed.
“We were trying to bring some vibrancy and youth to the pageant, and we thought it would have been the perfect balance and believed it worked. Yendi has the poise, the elegance, and the class as a former Miss World, and he had the youth and the vibe and kind of just brought things down to Earth. We liked the combination and we think it worked well on stage.”
Spartan Health Club’s association with the Miss World Jamaica Contest has been ongoing since 1976. Miss Jamaica World concluded over the weekend with Solange Sinclair, Miss New Heights Construction, walking away with the prestigious title. She will be representing Jamaica at the global pageant later this year.