Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera made headlines as she got invited to be one of the nine-women selection panelists for the upcoming 70th Miss Universe on December 12 (December 13 in the Philippines) in Eilat, Israel.
As the Filipina actress will sit alongside international superstars as her fellow judges, many claimed that the actress overshadowed the Miss Universe candidates.
Veteran columnist Lolit Solis believes that Marian outshined the Miss Universe candidates because of the publicity and attention that the actress is getting.
“Totoo naman na na overshadow ni Marian Rivera ang mga candidates ng Miss Universe dahil sa sobrang ingay ng publicity ibinigay sa kanya,” said Solis in an Instagram post on December 8.
While many showed their support for Marian, others expressed their dismay as they claimed that the actress is not suited to be a judge.
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However, Manay Solis said that the interaction of Marian’s supporters and bashers helped boost her publicity.
“Actually, nakatulong pa ang mga basher dahil sa dami ng ipinukol nilang issue sa pagkakapili kay Marian Rivera lalo pa itong umingay at napansin ng lahat. Talagang lakas ng dating ni Marian Rivera, nega o positive, nasa kanya ang attention. Kaya naman lalo pa siyang kinaiinggitan ng marami.
“Imagine mo, hindi napag-usapan ang mga candidates, ang pinag usapan si Marian Rivera kaya naging curious pang lalo sa kanya pati international market. Kaloka talaga dahil habang gusto ng lahat na i put down siya, heto at lalo siyang nagni ningning,” said Solis.
During the preliminary competition, Marian was seen dancing her novelty song ‘Sabay-Sabay Tayo’ with another judge Urvashi Rautela.
Rivera is already in Israel together with her husband, Dingdong Dantes.
Other judges for the 70th Miss Universe include Brazilian model and actress Adriana Lima, Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaere, American model Lori Harvey, Puerto Rico’s Adamari Lopez, Miss USA 2019 Chelsie Kryst, Miss Universe 1976 Rina Mor, and American actress Rena Sofer.