By Lerato Matheka
MASERU — ‘Nesoang Mpota has bagged an incredible hat-trick of crowns after she was named Miss Vodacom PC FM 2010 on Saturday night at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre.
The 20-year-old Bachelor of Commerce student is also this year’s Miss NUL and Miss Intervarsity.
In winning Lesotho’s biggest pageant on Saturday, Nesoang scooped the grand prize of a brand new GWM Florid Super Lux worth M120 000.
Nthabiseng Mpakanyane and Tebello Kobeli were voted the first and second princesses respectively.
“I couldn’t believe it when I was announced the queen,” Nesoang told the Weekender after her crowning.
“This came as a surprise to me but I am very happy.
“The competition was very tough and I contemplated dropping out as I could see how the girls were improving during practice.”
The National University of Lesotho beauty said she was thrilled to win the car.
“I couldn’t wait to have my own car from the time I got my driver’s licence and my dream has come true,” she said.
Thato Mosooane was voted the people’s favourite through an sms campaign run by Vodacom Lesotho, the major sponsor of the pageant.
Teboho Ntšasa was named Miss Photogenic while Masefo Mokoma took the Miss Personality accolade.
The event was graced by Gender, Sports, Youth and Recreation Minister Mathabiso Lepono.
“This event is not meant to display beauty but to provide a platform for talent in the country,” Lepono said.
“From the beauty to the musical performances, it is really a good initiative.”
The show was however a big drab compare to last year’s glittering edition.
First, the venue was nowhere near full capacity even though the organisers had said tickets were selling like “fat cakes” and were likely to run out.
But the biggest disappointment of the night was Big Nuz, the South African kwaito group that was ironically supposed to be the star attraction for the show.
They only trudged on to the stage around 3am, long after the crowning ceremony had been done.
By that time, some disappointed fans had already left for home.
The Big Nuz trio looked haggard as if they had performed elsewhere first before making a long drive from probably their Durban base to Maseru.
Earlier, Theo Kgosinkwe, another South African artist, had failed to rise to the occasion.
Although the audience danced and sang along, it was mostly because the crooner chose to sing more Mafikizolo songs than his.
Yet he touts himself as a solo artist.
It had to take an unexpected local artist to steal the show when famo star Phoka took to the stage with his energetic, shoulder-jiggling dancers.
It was indeed a special performance from the accordion maestro who sent the crowd gaga when he bellowed the hit Mok’hanthufa.
The young, agile and bum-wiggling “Vodacom Dancers” were also quite awesome.
So were K-tha and Damario and some break-dancers, including one dressed like the late Michael Jackson.
But those performances could not gloss over the glaring shortcomings on the part of the organisers.
The intervals were badly handled, while the MCs did not have the best night out.
Worse, the organisers spoke for too long whenever they endlessly went on stage to thank so and so.
Little wonder then that the event, which started two hours late, almost went on until it was nearly dawn.