Maria Venus Raj, the Philippine candidate has reached the top five of the Miss Universe pageant at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, USA. The Philippines was the last country named by the hosts and the announcement was greeted with a loud cheer by Filipinos in the audience.
Venus' greatest asset, apart from her exotic beauty is her insuperable confidence. I am apprehensive, however, that her weak answer to judge William Baldwin's question, "What is one big mistake in your life and what did you do to make it right?" might cost her the Miss Universe crown. I hope I'm wrong and as I write this sentence (10:42am), the hosts are now back to announce the winners of Miss Universe 2010.
They're now having one last look at the Miss Universe finalists in their evening gown (10:43am). The crowd cheers loudest when Venus' name is called.
The outgoing Miss Universe is now making her final farewell (10:45am). The program pauses for a commercial break. When they return, Stefania Fernandez will crown Miss Universe 2010.
The hosts are now thanking the judges and sponsors (10:49am).
Venus is announced as the 4th runner-up -- a terrible disappointment!
Ukraine, 3rd runner-up, Australia, 2nd runner-up. It's now a toss up between Mexico and Jamaica.
Jamaica is 1st runner-up. Miss Mexico, Jimena Navarrete, is Miss Universe 2010! (10:51am).