Miss HTS/Ra­dio 100 Reigns Vic­to­ri­ous!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box

Al­though the Na­tional Carnival Queen Show is one of many events dur­ing the eu­phoric carnival sea­son, it is the only night when some of Saint Lu­cia’s most beau­ti­ful, tal­ented and charis­matic young women come out and com­pete for a na­tional ti­tle of rep­re­sen­ta­tion. Un­like the many other par­ties and con­certs, the Carnival Queen Show au­di­ence mem­bers come out dressed in their fan­ci­est gowns, fit for a re­gal evening. Af­ter all, this is where the year’s Miss Saint Lu­cia will be cho­sen.

On July 1, 2017 at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre, the con­tes­tant spon­sored by He­len Tele­vi­sion Sys­tem/Ra­dio 100 was deemed most com­pe­tent and out­stand­ing of the bunch, enough to be crowned Saint Lu­cia’s Na­tional Carnival Queen for 2017. Chancy Fon­tenelle also seized the prize for best tal­ent by por­tray­ing not one, but three of her many tal­ents. Chancy acted, sang and danced her heart away to vic­tory on the na­tional stage. Prior to the ac­tual day of com­pe­ti­tion, Chancy had men­tioned to the

STAR that what she most looked for­ward to was per­form­ing. Now we can see why!

Her ef­fer­ves­cent smile and sparkling per­son­al­ity masked any ner­vous­ness that Chancy might have felt. She was num­ber two of the con­tes­tants, and brought her live­li­ness along with her for ev­ery seg­ment dur­ing the pageant. She re­mained con­sis­tent and com­peted with grace as she made her im­print on the judges and the au­di­ence. Af­ter be­ing crowned by last year’s carnival queen win­ner, Miss Tyler Theo­phane, Chancy didn’t for­get to men­tion that she had many peo­ple to thank for her win: her mother who was at her side ev­ery step of the way, her chap­er­one, Pat Calderon, and her tal­ent co­or­di­na­tor, Trevor King.

The Na­tional Carnival Queen Pageant is only the sec­ond pageant in which Chancy has par­tic­i­pated. The first was Miss Queen of Gros Islet 2015 when she ranked first run­ner-up. Since then this hard-work­ing young lady has been in train­ing for the Na­tional Carnival Queen Pageant. Her prepa­ra­tion in­volved daily stretch­ing for her tal­ent seg­ment and she sought ad­vice from ex­perts, in­clud­ing sea­soned pageant com­peti­tor Rac­quel John. She also noted mul­ti­ple times that many won­der­ful friend­ships were cre­ated along the jour­ney to the na­tional stage and she cher­ished es­pe­cially the bond she shared with Claire-Marissa Smartt. Ac­cord­ing to Chancy she couldn’t have achieved her favour with the public with­out her spon­sor He­len Tele­vi­sion Sys­tems, Mrs. Jan­ice Du­pal and Mrs. Va­lerie Al­bert-Fevrier.

The first run­ner-up was Miss Massy Stores, ClaireMarissa Smartt, who had a phe­nom­e­nal stage pres­ence as well. She won the ‘best in swimwear’ seg­ment and per­formed a heart-touch­ing trib­ute to her late friends Zhané Wil­liams and Zina An­thony who passed away in a tragic ve­hic­u­lar ac­ci­dent ear­lier this year. Claire-Marissa is one of the most mem­o­rable con­tes­tants for this year’s pageant.

Fol­low­ing close be­hind, as sec­ond run­ner-up was Lisa-Marie Faustin, Miss Vybz Ra­dio, who dawned upon an un­sus­pect­ing au­di­ence with an ex­cep­tion­ally glam­orous evening gown and an elo­quent an­swer for her in­ter­view ques­tion. She claimed the awards for both those seg­ments and also per­formed a hu­mor­ous and en­ter­tain­ing mono­logue for her tal­ent.

Miss Pierre Mar­cel, Jozel Cooper came in as third run­ner-up; she also won best cos­tume and it was no sur­prise that she got Miss Con­ge­nial­ity. The beau­ti­ful Shan­non Pre­ville, Miss Pi­ton, was awarded the es­teemed Miss Pho­to­genic ti­tle.

The pur­pose of the show was for th­ese eight con­tes­tants to par­tic­i­pate in friendly com­pe­ti­tion for the crown. How­ever, other side per­for­mances made a last­ing im­pres­sion as well. Singer Michael Robin­son, dancers from Sil­ver Shad­ows Per­form­ing Arts Academy, and vi­o­lin­ist Yan­nick James were just a few of the many tal­ented lo­cal artists who made the show an en­ter­tain­ing suc­cess. Dé­cor, stage pro­duc­tion and over­all ex­e­cu­tion were owed to the Na­tional Carnival Queen Pageant Com­mit­tee and Events Saint Lu­cia. They put to­gether an event that flowed well through­out the night un­til its end.

STAR Pub­lish­ing Com­pany would like to con­grat­u­late Miss HTS/Ra­dio 100 Chancy Fon­tenelle on a well-de­served vic­tory!

Na­tional Carnival Queen 2017 Chancy Fon­tenelle.

Lisa-Marie Faustin, Miss Vybz Ra­dio was sec­ond run­ner-up at this year’s Carnival Queen pageant.

Miss Massy Stores, Claire-Marissa Smartt was first run­ner-up.

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