Alizée is the new Miss Belgium
Miss Belgium criticized by some for not being able to express herself in Flemish
18 December 2007
Twenty-year old Alizée Poulicek from Huy in Liège province is the new Miss Belgium. Alizée, a blond foreign trade student with Czech roots, beat off stiff competition at the finals in Antwerp on Saturday evening. The young Walloon beauty succeeds the West Fleming Annelien Coorevits. Eighteen-year-old Fabienne Kebeya from Brussels and nineteen-year-old Jade Van de Walle from the East Flemish town of Aalter were second and third respectively.
The new Miss Belgium’s favourite hobby is horse riding. Alizée, says that she is bubbly and sociable.
Despite her obvious charms, she still needs to do some work on her Dutch, as she was unable to express herself in the language spoken by around 60% of the Belgians.
This provoked a negative reaction from the Antwerp audience. The ceremony that was broadcast live on commercial television opened with the candidates sporting stylish black evening dresses made by the Flemish designer Nicky Vankets.
Judge Goedele Liekens commented on the high standard of this year’s competitiors.
“It’s a good year with lots of pretty girls.”
There was also an exotic to feel to this year’s Miss Belgium. Not only does the winner’s father come from the Czech Republic, but six of the other competitors, including second-placed Fabienne Kebeya, have African roots.
The judges, the audience and hundreds of thousands of people watching the competition on television were able to get to know the contestants through a series of short films in which they were each given a task such as presenting a TV interview.
Then there were ten
The first swim suit parade of the evening saw ten of the twenty girls be elimatited, leaving the remaining ten to face questioning by the panel of judges lead by Darline Devos. The judges seemed to favour Fabienne Kebeya. However, Alizée Poulicek was also popular.
Both girls went through to the final five along with Jade Van De Walle, Charlotte Van de Vijver and Anaïs Kondé-Longo.
All five were interviewed in Belgium’s two most widely spoken languages (Dutch and French).
Alizée was unable to answer when she was asked questions in Dutch, while the two other French-speaking competitors Fabienne and Anaïs from Brussels were both perfectly bi-lingual, as were the two Flemish finalists.
Nevertheless, the electoral college made up of the panel of judges and the telephone votes of the general public came out in favour of Alizée.