One of the Filipino judges reveals insider details about Miss Universe 2018

Dec 18, 2018

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 roundsof the competition-another first in more than 20 years.


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Prior to the finals Singson-Michael shared some details about the judging process, even posting on Facebook a video of the pageant's "profile book" that contained important details about each candidate, which the judges had to review and write notes on throughout the competition.

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 #missuniverse2018

Posted 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). 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."

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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 broadcast 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.

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Of course, Singson-Michael can only be proud to have crowned the Philippines' very own Catriona Gray as Miss Universe 2018. Apart from nailing the Q&A segment of the 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.

This story originally appeared on .

Minor edits have been made by the SPIN.ph editors.

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