One of the Filipino Judges at Miss Universe 2018 Reveals Insider Details About the Pageant
Architect and Platinum Skies Aviation CEO Richelle Louise Singson-Michael is no stranger to being involved in beauty pageants. As vice chairwoman of the LCS Group of Companies, she oversaw and managed the 65th Miss Universe competition when it was hosted by the Philippines last year.
This year became even more special, as she was part of the first-ever all-women panel of judges for Miss Universe 2018 held in Thailand, along with another Filipina, bridal and fashion designer Monique Lhuillier. The same all-women panel sat through both the preliminary and final rounds of the competition—another first in more than 20 years.
“Having understood the turmoil behind organizing this international event from hosting it in 2016, I can say that the best thing about it this time is that I am experiencing the event as a guest and talent of the Miss Universe [Organization] (MUO),” Singson-Michael tells Town&Country in an exclusive interview. ”I was completely stress-free. I was not carrying the responsibility
Prior to the
These are all ladies of substance and are already Miss Universe winners in their respective countries. They each bring with them wisdom from challenges that they have experienced and inspiration from the advocacies that they promote. To maintain the integrity of our thoughts, we do not speak to each other about the contestants nor do we cross paths with them outside their turn during the competition. The selection process is quite consuming and I am proud to take this enjoyable job seriously. I have read all their bios and have written a fair share of notes on the profile book. (My notes are in Tagalog so that only I can understand). A Miss Universe should be someone confident yet humble, and empowered enough to be able to make positive changes within communities as well as the global scene. She should be able to inspire others and raise awareness for her philanthropic endeavors, conducting everything so very beautifully. #missuniverse #missuniverse2018Posted by Richelle Louise Singson-Michael on Thursday, December 13, 2018
“To maintain the integrity of our thoughts, we [the judges] do not speak to each other about the contestants nor do we cross paths with them outside their turn during the competition. The selection process is quite consuming and I am proud to take this enjoyable job seriously,” she said. “I have read all their bios and have written a fair share of notes on the profile book. (My notes are in Tagalog so that only I can understand).”
She shared more details about the very strict protocols of MUO to Town&Country: ”We stayed in a separate hotel
On what she thinks the winner should possess? ”A Miss Universe should be someone confident yet
According to Singson-Michael, the top 20 finalists were selected through the preliminary rounds—interviews, swimsuit competition, and gown competition. She believed that for the finals night, what would play a huge impact and role was stage presence.
“Answering questions in front of a few judges during personality interviews is very different from answering questions in front of a live audience. If I remember my notes correctly, Miss Universe is broadcasted to almost 170 territories with over 600 million viewers. That’s quite a lot of pressure. Whoever can exude that beautiful and fun confidence the most on stage while constructing witty and intelligent responses really deserves the crown,” she shared.
Of course, Singson-Michael can only be proud to have crowned the Philippines’ very own Catriona Gray as Miss Universe 2018. ”Catriona already stood out from the onset during the
Apart from nailing the Q&A segment of the final competition and stunning everyone with her red gown, Gray has been commended for her charity work that began even before joining beauty pageants, which focused on education for the poor.