|What's the most popular show based on viewer ratings, after the Olympics opening ceremony and the football World Cup? The Miss World Beauty Pageant on December 6th, at Hainan, a tropical island off China is the venue for 2003. In its fifty-three year history, this year's pageant will be watched by more than 2 billion people.|
Bookmakers like Readabet.com are offering odds on the event. When looking at potential winners, a possible factor is that for the second year, members of the public are able to cast their votes on the Internet. The system only guarantees the winner a spot in the top twenty at which point the usual panel of nine judges make the decisions.
Miss India is a betting favorite, as the Indian beauties have won the Miss World four times in the last ten years, beating every one else. Miss Venezuela, Miss Norway, Miss Canada, Miss China, Miss South Africa are also being strong contenders this year. 21-year old Miss Norway, Elisabeth Wathne has a good chance and is available with odds of 16/1.
Sme bookies are offering an each way pay out for any contestant making it into the final five at a quarter of the odds. The U.S also has an excellent track record in the event, with the advantage of having the largest Internet user base, which would propel it to claim a top twenty spot.
Over one hundred nations are participating in the pageant.