... during Miss Cultural Heritage eliminations
MANZINI – Miss Cultural Heritage 2011/2012 finalist Celiwe Sibandze did not make it to the top five during the contest’s preliminary eliminations for the Manzini region.
Celiwe had decided to try her luck again in competing for the contest’s 2012/2013 competition after having made it to the top five last year.
However, this time around she could not make it even at the preliminary elimination stage.
Soon after the judges announced the region’s top five, the remaining four returned to the dressing rooms. This is where Celiwe wept as the others tried to comfort her.
Miss Deaf Swaziland Pageant Director Nokuthula Mbatha also tried her best to comfort her as she continued weeping.
President of the Swaziland Beauty Pageants Associations (SBPA) Tony Dlamini who had come to monitor the eliminations engaged the panel of judges to ascertain the criteria used in judging. Dlamini questioned everything from the interviews to the score sheets.
"I fail to understand why Celiwe was left out," he told reporters from this newspaper.
Dlamini questioned the judging system, scores, the counting, and the overall criteria used in selecting the top five winners. Mbambo did the explaining.
Miss Teen finalist Busisiwe Mthethwa also failed to find favour in the eyes of the judges as she didn’t make it to the top five.
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