South Korean star Bi-Rain will perform in the final of the 2016 Miss Vietnam beauty contest in August, the pageant organizers revealed Friday.
“Hello, Vietnam! This is Rain. I’ll come to Miss Vietnam 2016,” the 33-year-old singer said in a greeting video to Vietnamese audiences, aired during a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday.
Rain is a Korean pop star included on the list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2006 and 2011 by Time magazine. The singer also starred in a K-drama named “Please Come Back, Mister” that aired on SBS from February to April this year.
Thirty beauties who passed the preliminary round in the southern region were introduced at yesterday’s press briefing. They will show their grace to advance into the final round of the region at Hoa Binh Theater in District 10 this Sunday.
The show will be broadcast live at 8:00 pm on VTV9 channel and ten regional channels with the participation of several singers, including Hien Thuc, Thuy Tien, Tuan Hung, Ai Phuong, and others during the top 30’s bikini performance.
The preliminary and final rounds for the northern region will be held in Hanoi and on Tuan Chau Island in Quang Ninh Province from July 9 to 17, according to the organizing board.
The grand finale of 2016 Miss Vietnam will be organized at Phu Tho Indoor Stadium in District 11, Ho Chi Minh City on August 28, according to the organizer, Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper.
The winner of the beauty pageant will be crowned and presented with VND500 million (US$22,435) while the first and second runners-up will receive VND300 million ($13,461) and VND200 million ($8,974), respectively.
Besides the top three titles, there are also awards for beauties with the best talent, face, hair, party dress, as well as Miss Humanity and Most Voted Miss.
This year's pageant will include new content and contribute more to the community, with the final round highlighting the charity projects of each contestant, according to the organizing board.
The biennial event was initiated in 1988 by Tien Phong not only to improve young women’s role in national development, but also to create opportunities to dignify Vietnam’s cultural potential, traditions and history as well as promoting the country’s image and people among international peers during the integration process.