Jannatul Nayeem, crowned Miss World Bangladesh 2017 Friday, was not on the judges’ choice list. They had picked Jessia Islam, first runner-up of the contest, as the winner, alleged two judges.
Two of them told Prothom Alo they did not select Jannatul Nayeem as the winner of the beauty pageant.
“The result announced doesn’t match with our list. We, all the six judges, selected Jessia Islam unanimously as the champion of the contest. But, she was announced the first runner-up. This is injustice,” one of the judges told Prothom Alo on Saturday.
“Jannatul Nayeem was not even on the list of our top three winners. As it’s an international event, we tried to choose someone who will be able to represent Bangladesh,” the judge added.
Both the judges expressed anger saying if the organisers wanted to announce the winner on their own they should not have taken them as judges.
“This is very unfortunate for us. We didn’t want to insult the organisers when the results were declared,” one of the judges said.
six members of the judges’ panel were actress Shampa Reza, magician Jewel Aich, fashion designer Bibi Russell, photographer Chanchal Mahmood, corporate personality Rubaba Dowla, and IT personality Sonia Bashir Kabir.
Antar Showbiz and Omicon Entertainment organised the contest to pick Bangladesh’s representative for the Miss World 2017 pageant at Bashundhara Convention Centre in Dhaka on Friday. The final round is scheduled to be held in China on 18 November.
When contacted over the allegation brought by the judges, Antar Showbiz chairman Shapan Chowdhury told Prothom Alo on Staurday, “It was really a mistake.”
On Saturday afternoon, Shapan Chowdhury sent a written statement to Prothom Alo saying, “Sheena Chohan, anchor of the contest, mistook announcing the names as both the names were quite familiar.”
“We’re sorry for the mistake. But, this is our final judgment and there is no scope of confusions over the results,” the statement reads.