HOPEFULS: The candidates of the 2014 Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe pageant during a photo shoot. A reality show on the competition premieres on CCN TV6 at 8 p.m. on Sunday. —Photo courtesy KERRON RILEY

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Reality show featuring Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe candidates premiers on ccn TV6 on Sunday

By \\\\\ Wayne Bowman wayne.bowman@trinidadexpress.com

The excitement of the Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe pageant intensifies this weekend with the premiere of the competition’s reality television series on ccn TV6 at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Viewers will be able to follow the experiences of the candidates as they journey towards the final on August 10 when the woman to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the international Miss Universe pageant later this year will be selected.

The first episode will feature the castings, which took place at the Metro Nightclub/Dream Ultra Lounge in San Fernando and also at the Hilton Trinidad, St Ann’s several weeks ago. Twenty-three girls were selected to participate in the first round and from that 12 have made it to the finals. 

The candidates faced a number of elimination challenges that were based on the training they have been receiving. These included walking and movement, interviews, hair and makeup application, and fitness. The challenge round including the training regimen will be seen on the reality show and as the weeks progress the cameras will follow the candidates as they prepare for the final night. 

You will see the candidates engage in a number of fun activities such as zip lining, going out on the town and at various events as well as their attending image consultations, doing their fitness sessions and more. 

The training process has been lengthened in this the third year since Tribe Carnival has taken over the local Miss Universe franchise. This is so that the candidates will not only be well prepared for the final night, but also each one of them will get as much out of the experience for their personal development. Leah-Mari Guevara said having the final earlier also allows for whomever is crowned Miss Trinidad and Tobago to have more time to prepare for the international competition and better her chances of bringing the title home.

The team working with the candidates includes former Miss Trinidad and Tobago World (2003) and Universe (2005), Magdalene Walcott who is the walking and movement coach. Adrian Raymond who has over a decade of experience in the beauty pageant arena including Miss Universe is working with the girls on their interview skills, while Brian Chin Leung is the fitness coach. The names of the finalists will be revealed on the reality show.

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