Expect stringent selection criteria for contestants

The 2018 Vodafone Hibiscus Festival contestants during the launch of the festival at the Albert Park pavilion in Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/FILE

EXPECT more stringent selection criteria for festival and pageant contestants beginning this year.

Local Government Minister Premila Kumar convened a meeting in Nadi yesterday where she said those wishing to become contestants had to be adept in public speaking and answering questions on a range of issues.

“We need to generate higher levels of interest, participation and contribution,” she said, adding the selection criteria should be streamlined to match the criteria for the Miss Pacific Island pageant.

“Over the last few years, I have been told there were situations where winning queens were not able to participate because they did not meet the criteria – and that’s unacceptable.”

She also called for improvement in looking after the kings and queens welfare and also in their grooming.

“And that should be the top priority of the festival committee because that activity is all about them.

“We don’t want to see contestants who don’t have the confidence to speak, the level of IQ is not there, and they are not versed on a number of topics.

“It’s all about grooming them and that’s what happens on the international level where they go through the grooming process for months, not just one or two weeks before the event.

“They can take to the international stage and do wonders for the country.”

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