Hosted by TVB Anywhere and sponsored by bee the best, the Miss Australia Chinese Pageant 2017 had its Grand Final at The Palms at Crown Melbourne last Thursday the 26th of October. Our Melbourne writer Anastasia Giggins was there to see the action first-hand, as twelve contestants from across Australia battled it out to see who would move forward to the Miss Chinese International competition held in Hong Kong later this year.

The Grand Final begun with an electric dance number, a medley of pop-hits highlighting the athletic talents of the finalists. If this was an indication of what was to come, then the rest of the night was going to be dazzling. The MC’s did not disappoint – Marcus Kwok was stellar in a copper-coloured sequinned suit, and Mandy Chai was ravishing in a subtle yet no less spectacular olive green dress.

After the usual pageant preamble, including a brief announcement of the judging panel, the twelve finalists graced the stage again in a series of beautiful evening gowns; here, each contestant had the opportunity to introduce themselves to their audience. After this presentation, everyone was treated to a musical performance by the handsomely talented Det Dik.

Of course, every pageant must have a swimsuit and a Q&A section – why not put them together? The girls were examined in a series of questions after modelling a series of bikinis. After grilling the finalists during the Q&A section, Miss Mimi Chu showed the audience her timeless talent, belting out a killer song – much to the true delight of the audience. Quickly everyone learnt that the event was much more significant for her than originally anticipated – it was her birthday, and the sponsors of the show brought out a large cake in the middle of a chorus of Happy Birthday. Everyone loved her – she was an icon in gold sequins!

After the celebration, the atmosphere became a whole lot more serious. From twelve, the judges had to reduce the finalists to a group of five. April, Hannah, Summer, Stacey, and Sabrina all made it into the top. With the stakes higher, it was now up the girls to show off their own particular talents.

Hannah charmed the audience with a beautiful song played on the ukulele. April’s powerful K-Pop inspired dance showcase wowed the audience. Summer performed a beautiful, more traditional dance for the audience. Stacey’s acrobatic performance was hard-hitting and strong, and Sabrina’s combination of traditional and modern dance was inspiring.

After the talent round, it was even more impossible to predict who would win. However, we did not have to wait too long to find out our Australian representative – to a a rapturous applause, Sabrina was crowned Miss Australia Chinese 2017. We wish her all the best in Hong Kong!