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Miss India seeks blessings and votes!

Gadde has appealed to her compatriots to vote for her via the Net or SMS.

india Updated: Dec 10, 2005 10:03 IST

Miss India,Sindhura Gadde, a front-runner for the prestigious Miss World 2005 pageant to be held in Sanya this weekend, is confident of doing her best but has also appealed to her compatriots to chip-in by voting for her via the Internet or SMS.

"I am very much excited and gearing up for the grant finale," Sindhura said in an interview ahead of the December 10 pageant which is now in its 55th year, to be attended by representatives of 120 countries.

"There are only four more days left for the finals and I am preparing myself for the big event," the 21-year-old beauty said from the picturesque tropical southern Chinese city of Sanya, host the 2005 Miss World for a record third consecutive time.

"My appeal to my compatriots is to support me by voting for me through the Internet and SMS as viewers will play an important role in choosing the regional winners, who then have a chance to reach the finals," she said.

"Please remember my Voting Number: MW105," Sindhura said as the organiserssay the spectacular live show would be watched by over two billion people worldwide.

The pageant organisers said that under an "innovative" new voting system this year, each contestant will be allocated a number for worldwide short messaging service (SMS) voting or via the Voting Hotline in their particular country.

These numbers will be prominently displayed on television graphics and in the media. Viewers may vote for two contestants from their continent to reach the Miss World Final, although there is no limit on the number of votes they may cast.

At the close of voting, points will be awarded according to a voting-points structure. An effective formula will ensure that votes from all countries equate, regardless of the size of population, voting medium or overall number of votes, the organisers claimed.

Six 'Vote For Me' TV specials will present contestants from each continental zone and invite the global television audience to cast votes to determine the top two from each zone to go through to the Miss World Final where the six continental winners will be chosen, Miss World Northern Europe, Miss World Southern Europe, Miss World Asia Pacific, Miss World Africa, Miss World Americas and Miss World Caribbean.

Sindhura, who was born in Vijayawada, grew up with her grandparents in Andhra

Pradesh, then joined her parents who were working abroad. She finished her schooling in New Zealand where she began her career in the media and fashion industry.

Sindhura currently stays in Mumbai where she is in her final year towards a double degree in Pharmacology and Physiology, a comprehensive First Aid Course and a diploma in advanced modelling.

Talking about her ambitions in life, she said her goal is two fold: to enter into pharmaceutical research and explore the media and fashion industry around the globe.

HTSpecial:Miss World 2005

First Published: Dec 08, 2005 15:49 IST