Vickie Rushton: I got distracted during Binibining Pilipinas Q and A
MANILA, Philippines —Vickie Rushton said she got distracted as she tried to finish her answer during the Q and A of the Binibining Pilipinas 2019 pageant on Sunday, June 9.
In an interview with ABS-CBN after the show, Vickie, who won a big number of the night's special awards, admitted that her Q and A may have been the reason she failed to get a crown. She also said that someone from the audience distracted her. (TRANSCRIPT: Binibining Pilipinas 2019 Q and A segment)
“Nasasayangan ako kasi I know kung anong sasabihin ko pero may nang-distract sa akin sa audience. Doon ako nawala. May tumayo at nag-make face,” she said.
(I know I could have answered it better, but someone from the audience distracted me. That's when I got lost. Someone stood up and made a face.)
Vickie said she could have finished answering the question if she was not distracted since she prepared for the competition.
Asked what she plans to do now that the pageant is done, the former Pinoy Big Brother housemate said: "Wala, hindi ko pa po naisip pero, of course, 'yung advocacy ko, tuloy pa rin.” (Nothing. I have not thought about it. But my advocacy will still continue.)
Even before joining Binibini, Vickie has been working with groups dedicated to Down Syndrome awareness. Her brother has Down Syndrome.
Vickie was 1st runner-up in the 2018 competition and took another shot at the pageant this year.
Meanwhile, her boyfriend actor Jason Abalos defended Vickie from the bashing over the Q and A gaffe.
On Twitter, the GMA 7 actor wrote: "Sobrang prepared siya sa lahat, pinaghandaan niya talaga ito. Hindi lang siya handa sa fans ng ibang candidates na nag-ingay nu'ng siya na ang sumasagot sa Q&A."
(She was prepared for everything. She was just not prepared for fans of other candidates who were making a noise and screaming as she was about to answer during the Q and A.)
Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach also defended Vickie from all the criticism, saying that it was not easy to compete.
"My heart also breaks for Vickie. I hope she can try again. I believe this girl is smart. Nerves can happen to even the best of us," said Pia.
"It's not easy to compete. Keep your chin up, Vickie." — Rappler.com