Having had heat finals cancelled because of the pandemic, the Miss Lincolnshire and Miss Yorkshire events are now taking place online through video presentations.
With the winners of each contest qualifying for the Miss England Finals later in the year, leading onto Miss World, there is still a great deal of competitiveness in the heat finals. Each of the contestants has been asked to film and submit videos of themselves, giving an introduction and discussing interesting facts about themselves, wear their favourite dress or evening gown to do a parade on a virtual catwalk, and finally to present a talent or talk about fundraising events.
Contest organiser, Phil Green – the owner of Supermodel Agency, told us “the show must go on, and therefore the girls have been asked to do everything on video, which they would have done at the contest venue with a live audience”.
All of the videos are now being watched individually and remotely by a panel of judges, including the current Miss England, Dr. Bhasha Mukherjee; current Miss Lincolnshire, Ella Grace Bayley; former Miss United Kingdom, Nicola Willoughby and Miss England owner/organiser – Angie Beasley. This will be followed by a live interview with each contestant on Zoom.
As well as appointing a new Miss Lincolnshire and Miss Yorkshire, there is also a title of “Miss Popularity” being awarded to the contestants in each county receiving the most public votes via a phone app. The voting app can be downloaded onto mobile phones at missengland.info.
The winners are expected to be announced at the end of the live interviews during early February.