MISS Universe Australia finalist Kristy Coulcher has taken to social media to claim the annual beauty pageant could be “rigged”.
But the pageant’s Australian director Deborah Miller denied the pageant was anything but impartial.
“With pageants, people will say things like that, but we have official auditors, Grant Thornton accountants, so it’s impossible to have it rigged,” she said.
Coulcher, 25, was one of seven NSW beauties who competed in Friday night’s national finals in Melbourne, which saw Newcastle’s
Tegan Martin win.
“@missuniverseaustralia may be rigged, but I still had the best gown by far,” the Channel 7 producer wrote following her loss.
Last year former Miss Pennsylvania Sheena Monnin was sued in the US for defamation after publicly claiming the contest was rigged, and was ordered to pay Donald Trump’s Miss Universe Organisation $ 5 million.
Coulcher defended her comment, saying “I just feel that it’s a pre-selected winner and it’s just a little bit disappointing for all of the girls that have worked hard throughout the week and on the night.”
Coulcher said fellow entrants had allegedly overheard Martin practising her responses backstage to the question she was later asked on stage at the national final.
“At the state (final) she wasn’t too quick answering the question, and it was quite a simple question too that she was given at the state, so to rapid fire such a fantastic response is a little bit questionable,” she claimed.
Confidential requested comment from Martin, but her representative did not repond to Coulcher’s claims by time of print.
Coulcher, who appeared in season four of Australia’s Next Top Model in 2008, has been a regular face on the Sydney social circuit.
Martin will represent Australia in the Miss Universe contest, to be held later this year.