The wait is finally over! For all the Net voters, who voted on HindustanTimes.com for their favourite Miss Universe contestant, the results are out.
While officially there is still a day left for the Miss Universe pageant finale, where the winner of the dazzling crown will be decided, we reveal whom HindustanTimes.com surfers have chosen as Miss Universe 2006 .
The online voting, conducted on the website from July 9 till July 21, drew a total of 7538 votes. Out of these votes, we have picked the top five and the lowest five contestants who emerged as our "winners" and "losers" with the maximum and minimum number of votes from all of you.
The clear favourite - Miss India Neha Kapur from India is leading with 1514 votes. Miss Philippines closely follows her with 1222 votes.
Surfers have given 904 votes to Miss Nigeria, 435 to Miss Indonesia and 409 votes to Miss Puerto Rico.
The least number of votes have been given to participants from Bahamas (1), Bulgaria (3), Ireland (4), Iceland (5) and United Kingdom (8).
And it's not just the web voters, who seem to be impressed with Neha's combination of looks and intelligence, even the celebs have given thumbs up to Miss India! Here is what they have to say...
SUSHMITA SEN (Actress)
The very fact that Neha Kapur will represent our country makes her the receiver of a billion heartfelt good wishes. Enjoy yourself and if you bring back the crown, it would be a bonus!
RITU KUMAR (Designer)
You are representing our country, India. So, make us proud and I really wish you All The Best.
LUBNA ADAMS (Choreographer)
We should appreciate the guts of Miss India because they participate in the globe's biggest beauty contest. My best wishes are with Neha.
While the HindustanTimes.com surfers have declared their verdict, tomorrow, July 23, is the D-day when the jury will decide the fate of the contestants. Till then hold your breath. May be the person you voted for gets the coveted crown. All of you, who have voted enthusiastically for Miss India, keep your fingers crossed and keep those prayers and good wishes flowing in.
* PS: These are not the official voting results. We will be sending our share of votes to the official body - Miss Universe Organisation.
HT Special: Miss Universe 2006