With a long queue of people lined up outside trying to get in, the show got off to a late start, but the atmosphere was electric as hundreds packed in.
“Hostess with moistest” Metua Vaiimene set the scene for the evening, evoking many laughs from the crowd and promising a night to be remembered.
Continuing with the humour, Vaiimene and a surprise special guest brought a very serious topic to the crowd’s attention.
A strong road safety message was posed to the public by none other than Elvis Presley, who rode in on his motorbike decked out with a leather jacket, aviators and of course, a helmet.
Presley, convincingly played by Seabed Minerals Commissioner Paul Lynch, shattered the myth that wearing helmet ‘isn’t cool’ – because who knew more about being cool than Elvis, right?
Opening laughs and serious message aside, it was time for the show to begin with the first guest artist of the night.
Local artist and songstress Peka Fisher graced the stage to perform the new Miss CI theme song, “Legacy – Maine Kuki Airani.”
The track was written by John Toleafoa with help from former Miss CI Engara Gosselin and produced by Caleb Teulilo.
The talented Fisher is the lead vocalist on the new song with back-up vocals by Gina Williams, Teuira Napa, Luna Napa, Marian Gosselin and Engara Gosselin.
The song is not only written for Miss Cook Islands winners and contestants, but for Cook Islands women.
While Fisher sang, each of the contestants made their debut appearance on stage to a boisterous, cheering crowd.
The six young women were dazzling, confident and beautiful as they glided down the catwalk like seasoned models.
The designs by Elena Tavioni, Gina Keenan and City Style being paraded were equally stunning, and drew a lot of praise from fashion lovers in the auditorium.
Miss Cook Islands Pageant Association president Clee Marsters says the whole night was an amazing success.
“It was an awesome night and the reaction from the crowd after the show was extremely overwhelming.”
Marsters says from the committee’s point of view, the night was extremely successful and the girls were amazing.
He says they also had great reactions to the new theme song launched on Thursday, and now released on Cook Islands radio stations and online.
“I think the young ones really related to Peka as a singer, and my nephew who goes to Tereora told me that he and his friends thought the song was awesome.”
He says the most exciting thing, is that the song is lasting and will be around long after this year’s pageant.
The glitz and glamour isn’t over yet though, with the girls now off to Aitutaki for the official launch of the Miss Aitutaki Pageant Association (MAPA) at Aitutaki Village.
Flying out last night, the contestants will be in Aitutaki until tomorrow to promote the new pageant and the girls vouching for the new title.
The next event on Rarotonga will be the pre-pageant interview next Saturday. Look out for more pictures from Thursday’s show in Monday’s edition of CI News.