‘No live voting this year’: Catriona Gray details new Miss Universe format

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Posted at Dec 11 2018 10:25 PM | Updated as of Dec 12 2018 07:28 AM

Catriona Gray poses during the 2018 Miss Universe national costume presentation in Chonburi province on Monday. Lillian Suwanrumpha, AFP

Catriona Gray poses during the 2018 Miss Universe national costume presentation in Chonburi province on Monday. Lillian Suwanrumpha, AFP

Catriona Gray poses during the 2018 Miss Universe national costume presentation in Chonburi province on Monday. Lillian Suwanrumpha, AFP

Catriona Gray, the Philippines’ representative to the 2018 Miss Universe pageant, has confirmed speculation about the revamped format for the coronation day to be held in Bangkok.

In an Instagram Live video, Gray on Tuesday shared with her nearly 700,000 followers that she and her fellow candidates were recently briefed about the changes from past iterations of the pageant.

For one, the beauty queen said, “there is no live voting this year as in previous years.” Formerly, public votes helped determine one of the candidates who would make it into the top 12.

The new format, Gray added, will see the 94 candidates trimmed down initially to the top 20, unlike last year’s competition where the first cut resulted in 16 aspiring queens left standing.

The regional selection format will be retained for the top 20, Gray said. Europe, Asia and Africa, and North and South America will each have five representatives. The remaining five slots are for the “wild card” candidates, whose selection will be regardless of their continent.

The top 20 will “will go straight to an opening statement, which means a 15-second statement, and then the judges will cut down to 10,” Gray said.

The top 10 will then compete in the evening gown and swimsuit rounds, which would determine the top 5.

“The top 5 will do Q&A, then the top 3 will do final word and final look, and then coronation,” Gray said.

Coronation day will happen on December 17 at Impact Arena in Bangkok. Four days before that, the December 13 preliminary competition will determine the top 20, which would be announced during the finale broadcast.

If Gray succeeds in being crowned Miss Universe, she would be the fourth Filipina to do so after Pia Wurtzbach in 2015, Margie Moran in 1973, and Gloria Diaz in 1969.