Final 16 were selected and the competition began. They went through different phases of grooming, from public speaking sessions, to talent training, along with various tasks that brought out their best qualities. All through, I was there with them watching as they became better persons, their improvement rubbed off me as I learnt a thing or two. Due to the nature of my job, I recorded mostly on weekends and that clearly meant I didn’t have my weekends to myself for some weeks but I never complained. If there’s anything I’ve been really excited about hosting, it would have to be Miss Malaika. My attachment to this show has clearly been because of my history with the pageant and how it transformed my life and made me the person I am today and I always hope it does same for the delegates in the subsequent years. The tasks ranged from Miss Fitness to the Cultural Episode, The Charity Task that took us to the Royal Seed Orphanage to donate and spend a day with the orphans and sick children (and by the way, the delegates raised the highest amount in the history of the pageant), The Fashion Show, and more. I noticed a few potential winners and even though in most cases, the ones tipped to win actually do, this year’s case was quite different. It’s what we call 'fear the quiet and unassuming ones.' Let’s go to the finals, shall we?