Pia Wurtzbach: "My heart breaks for Vickie (Rushton)"

Vickie Rushton smothered her competition by winning multiple awards one after the other at the coronation event last Sunday. “Negros Occidental” reverberated within the Big Dome as the Negrense lass made her case repeatedly enough to earn her special awards to cement her bid for a crown.
Out of the 13 special awards, she won six. They are:

  • Jag Denim Queen
  • Miss Ever Bilena
  • Manila Bulletin Reader’s Choice
  • Poten Cee Gandang Palaban
  • Miss World Balance
  • Binibining Cream Silk.

Rushton was Binibining Pilipinas 2018 First Runner-up. She was poised to win one of the crowns this year.
Her campaign started like Catriona Gray did. Gray also won a slew of awards before she was crowned Miss Universe Philippines. Many believed that she was well on the way to at least one of the major crowns.

Unfortunately, Rushton failed to win a crown at this year’s edition. Experts point to her lackluster performance at the Question-and-Answer round that cost her a shot at one of the crowns.
In an interview, Rushton blamed an audience member for supposedly making faces and distracting her from making a coherent answer.
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach was quick to defend Rushton in her Instagram story. Wurtzbach said that Vickie’s non-placement broke her heart.

“I hope she can try again,” says Pia. “I believe the girl is smart.”
As someone who has been at the pageant stage to be familiar with the pressure that comes with it, Wurtzbach reminded everyone that, “Nerves can happen even to the best of us.”
Finally, Pia tells Rushton, to “chin up”.

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