Thailand beauty pageant ends in chaos when contestant accuses judges of rigging score

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A pageant crown. (Photo: Getty Images)
A pageant crown. (Photo: Getty Images)
  • The Miss Samila 2020 contest ended in chaos when a contestant accused judges of rigging scores.
  • Top ten finalist, Oraphan Na Chiang Mai, was not happy when she did not make it into the top five, demanding to see the scores.
  • In a bizarre twist, the pageant ended with all ten finalists splitting the winner's prize.

A Southern Thailand beauty pageant ended in chaos when a contestant accused the judges of rigging the scores.

According to the Bangkok Post, the Miss Samila 2020 pageant took place on Monday night, and with a bizarre twist, ended with all ten finalists sharing the winner's prize of 200 000 baht (R106 000).

Monday night's event was the semi-final, the publication explains, adding: "When half of the 10 remaining entrants were to be eliminated. The last five would go through to the final round, and the other five would be sent home."

But things did not go according to plan. When semi-finalist Oraphan Na Chiang Mai did not make it into the top five, she demanded to see the scores, refusing to believe that she did not earn enough points to make the cut.

A video shared on TikTok shows the beauty queen walking back on stage, grabbing the microphone and walking toward the judges as she vents her frustrations.

"I would like to speak on behalf of all who were eliminated. We have experience gained from other contests, and we know from answering the questions [from the judges] that we should get high scores and go through," the Bangkok Post quoted the video.

As a result of the drama, the pageant ended without a winner, and the prize money was split between the top ten, including Oraphan, leaving pageant fans fuming.

Compiled by Nikita Coetzee

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