Kimberly Herbert is first Miss Earth BVI
The saying ‘if anything can go wrong it will at the worst possible time’ was very applicable last night as the pageant got underway approximately 45 minutes after its scheduled starting time, then down came the heavy rain and with it the electricity was cut.
At that stage, Miss Herbert was before the microphone doing her introduction.
However, the spirit of determination and patience prevailed as the small audience stood behind the organisation determined that the show must go on. They waited for hours until a generator was brought in and the show resumed.
The three contestants did their best with the backing of their backstage supporters and assistance to avoid long periods of waiting in between segments. Most of the entertainment pieces were taken out in the interest of time.
Following the introductory segment, the three beauties took to the stage in swimwear, cultural wear, the talent segment, evening wear and then finally the question and answer segments.
For the talent piece, contestant #1 Miss Jaidene Webb attempted Celine Deon’s ‘The heart will go on’ on the trumpet; contestant #2 Miss Shona Rogers was the majorette dancing girl to the selection ‘Bend over pick it up’, while contestant #3 Miss Kimberly Herbert did a dramatic piece which sent the message that any job a man can do a woman can do it too. In this case she portrayed herself as a disc jockey (DJ).
At the end of it all prize for the best recyclable wear went to Miss Jaidene Webb. This segment was held some weeks ago at the Village Cay Marina when she had used empty cornflakes boxes to make her complete outfit. Miss Webb also copped the prize for the Best Swimwear. The Miss Congeniality and Miss Photogenic prizes went to Miss Shona Rogers.
All the other prizes, including the queen prizes, when to contestant #3 Miss Kimberly Herbert; Miss Popularity, Best Cultural Wear, Best Talent, Miss poise, Best Evening Wear and Miss Intelligent. The Miss Water/2nd runner up was contestant #2 Miss Shona Rogers who received $1,000 among other prizes while Miss Air/1st runner up Miss Jaidene Webb received $2,500 among other incentives.
The judges’ decision was heavily challenged by some patrons as they thought contestant #1 Miss Jaidene Webb was disenfranchised. They were loud shouts “Jaidine deh cheat” from the audience. Many shared the opinion that Miss Webb received no competition when it came to the cultural wear as the other two contestants depicted more costumes as opposed to a cultural wear. They also felt that there was no substance in the winner’s talent performance when compared to Miss Webb’s piece on the Trumpet.
Some also shared the opinion that the prizes for Miss Poise and Best Evening Wear should have gone to Miss Shona Rogers.
The panel of judges for the night was Mr Purnell Thomas-Christian, Ms Bobbi Fawcett, Mr Gordon French, Ms Hadassah Ward, Miss Sandra D. Ambrose and Miss Alicia Green.