The 22nd annual Miss Chinese International Pageant was held at the Tianjin Goldin Metropolitan Hotel (China) on November 5, 2010. The 24 contestants coming from around the world appeared in a wide selection of outfits competing for Champion, First Runner-Up, Second Runner-Up, Miss Friendship, and Miss Home Beauty. Despite the cold weather, the contestants appeared in sexy swimsuits on stage. After a swimsuit and Q&A session, the champion title went to 25 year-old Vancouver representative Eliza Sam, First Runner-Up and Miss Home Beauty went to Kuala Lumpur representative Belle Theng, Second Runner-Up went to Toronto representative Candy Cheung, and Miss Friendship went to Foshan representative Bai Lu.
Under a new voting system of announcing top3, the competition was much fiercer. Second Runner-Up was announced first and the remaining two contestants were canvassing to the judges in determination for victory and defeat. Eliza Sam won four to one votes with the support of Joe Ma, Liu Yang, Sonija Kwok, and Kate Tsui. The award-winning contestants will receive money and prizes worth up to five million dollars (yuen), which broke the record in history. Hong Kong representative Toby Chan (陳庭欣) was a hot favorite before the competition. Her hard work performance didn’t pay off as Toby only ended up in top6. During the opening “transformation” segment, Toby revealed her “career line” in her deep V gown.
During an interview after the final, Eliza Sam said that her win was unexpected, “I would like to thank everyone especially my supporters! (What did you win of?) I’m not sure. Awards can be meaningless. I spent a lot of time learning Cantonese last year. I hope that I improved. (Do you have any plans for entering the entertainment industry?) I would like to finish my education first. My mom was here to support me tonight as well. (How about your boyfriend?) I don’t have a boyfriend! I wanted to concentrate better on school and the competition.” The reporters asked Belle whether she was disappointed with the results or not, “Absolutely not! I am very thankful that I got in top12 and in addition to a side award. I have tried my best. The champion is intelligent and beautiful. I am not as cute as her.”
Toby Chan said in a non-disappointing manner, “It’s just a show. (Hong Kong representatives usually place though?) It’s not a guarantee! It proves that TVB is fair. (Afraid of reporting to TVB?) Nope! All I have to do is report to myself. (What did you loose of?) Perhaps my smile.”
I was a supporter of Belle Theng since she was competing for Miss Astro. The first impression she gave me was “she is enriched in her experience background and will not settle for the less”. Belle’s performance was well rounded.
The new system of announcing top12 and top6 was refreshing; however, it made the results too obvious. I wondered if it weren’t because of the new voting system of determining the champion, would Belle have won the champion crown instead. Nevertheless, I didn’t sense much of the “grand” feeling of this year’s MCI like TVB claimed it to be earlier. On the other hand, the clips of the outdoor filming, questions during the interview segment, and outfit designs seemed much more effortful compared to previous years. In additional, I prefer the show held in Tianjin rather than Foshan.
“I am glad that the one standing beside my now is my roommate. It’s not easy for us, the 24 contestants to stand on this international stage. Therefore, may I kindly request for an applaud? Thanks! The road ahead of me will not be easy to walk if I am crowned champion tonight. I might come across difficulties. However, I have the determination, confidence, and courage for success. I wish that you, judges would give me a chance and cast your vote on me. In addition, I would like to take this opportunity to thanks the crewmembers for taking good care of me. Because of you people, I sense the warmthness at a winter weathered country. Without your input, this show wouldn’t have happened. Thanks to you all for coming here tonight. Thanks!”
“Judges, I have a few words that I would like to say to the audience. A year ago when I first mentioned about joining a pageant, people made fun of my silly thought. They would criticize me of my Cantonese speaking skills. Therefore, I worked hard learning this year. I would practice day and night. I am proud to say that I can stand here tonight full of confidence telling you all my inner feelings. I wish that all ladies out there, if you have a dream, please reach for it. Because if I can, you can! Thanks!”
Belle gave a very generous speech. Perhaps something a champion material person would say. However, if I were one of the judges, I would cast my vote on Eliza. Although Belle had a better performance, the regulation for this segment was to wash away all the points of the two contestant’s performance and judge for a champion based on their speech. I would judge for a winner not by what you came in with, but also how the pageant itself has influenced and improved you. The last line Eliza gave sounded motivating to many of you ladies out there who dreamed of standing on that stage. To all of you out there: If Eliza can, you can!