Miss World 2011

This entry was posted on Friday, November 4th, 2011

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Forget the Olympics, or her Maj’s jubilee, the big one is finally coming to London this weekend. Having hosted the first ever contest, Miss World returns to the UK, as Earls Court stages the 2011 competition.

60 years after launching this whole seedy affair, the UK has grabbed it back, and beautiful ladies will be convening on Earls Court this weekend, to parade around in front of some leering judges.

Like boxing, it is fairly strange that Miss World is still allowed to take place, in today’s politically correct age. The BBC screened the first twenty contests, and ITV the next ten – a situation entirely unimaginable now. Yet over 100 other nations will be screening it and the global audience is estimated at an astonishing 1billion.

So where is the smart money going? The big problem this year for punters is the absence of outright winners in the Fast Track events, that traditionally serve as teasers to the big one.

Our hunch is very much for Miss Puerto Rico, the lovely Amanda Perez, who produced strong showings over the last fortnight, and is also a published poet, so would be a fairly ‘right-on’ winner. She is currently second favourite in the nascent Betfair market at 6.2, behind Miss Venezuela, the early front-runner.

Of the home nations, it is probably only Miss England who has a chance. Currently available at 14s, the wonderfully named Alize Mounter should put up a strong showing in front of her home crowd.

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