This year’s Miss Ghana beauty pageant had almost passed for a flop last Saturday night, when Ivorian show-master Freddie ‘Zoblazo’ Meiway and Ghana’s ‘fastest rapper’ Sarkodie stepped in to revive the crowd.

The two musicians provided the much-needed magic that sapped the humdrum out of the grand finale and enlivened the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) for a successful, enjoyable event.

No doubt, consequent musical ‘interventions’ by Sarkodie and Meiway eventually saw patrons who otherwise remained stuck to their seats and murmuring, jumped onto the dance-floor and deliver the boogie. It could have else been another pageantry near-slump like Miss Malaika three weeks ago.

Although ‘sexy’ singer Eazzy also gave a good account of herself, her performance only engaged the attention of the patrons who appeared much engrossed and fascinated with her energetic dancing moves exhibited in the company of her two other dancers.

The appearances by Nii, of Mentor II and Project Fame Africa fames, and saxophonist Steve Bede added no spice at all to the night, as they clearly lacked the bite to pull the crowd along with their performances. Jay Ghartey was, however, of an exception, pulling his weigh with his song My Lady.

And, for the pretty, fair-skinned Deborah V. Owusu-Bonsu, who partnered Peace FM’s ace broadcaster host Kwami Sefa-Kayi, to MC the show, the least said, the better! She was simply redundant with her task, often caught unawares on the microphone and just always changing costume.

These, plus the unimpressive, amateurish performances put up by some among the 20 crown hopefuls, were enough to render the finals less fanciful, as against the numerous pre-event publicity stunts ran by the organizers, Media Whizz-kids.

But, Sarkodie’s delivery of his hit song ‘Baby,’ which he performed upon a request by Kwami Sefa-Kayi, marked the turning point for a more enjoyable night. Much as his popularity among the youth, especially Hiplife-lovers, came to play in this feat, he was able to draw the whole auditorium with his performance, intermittently getting the crowd to sing along with him.

This was the ‘change’ that Freddie Meiway also built upon, blending some of his globally-acclaimed hits (including the all-time Zoblazo) with impeccable dance moves characteristic of most francophone performers. His dancers were also marvelous with their bodies.

At the end of the show, 18-year-old Stephanie Karikari from Atwima Nkabom emerged tops with the ultimate crown and car prize, followed by 23-year-old Frances Efiba Nyamikeh in second place and 22-year-old Esther Gadagbui in third place.