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PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, June 13) - Friday night on To'ata square, Raipoe Adams was elected Miss Tahiti 2004 during a magnificent contest attended by about 2,000.

With tears in her eyes, the very sensitive and sensual Raipoe was greatly moved. The young woman was elected Miss Tahiti 2004, and succeeded Heitiare Tribondeau. "In the wings, everyone was thrilled. All the contestants had tears in their eyes as they were waiting for the verdict. When I appeared on stage, I burst into tears of joy," said Raipoe. Kahaia Lesage and Maite Morou, respective winners of second and third prize said Raipoe really deserved to win.

The queen of the night had reasons to put on a glorious smile. Not only she will represent French Polynesia at the next Miss France contest, but also she was given innumerable presents such as a car, a check for cfp 1 million (US$10,070) a pearl necklace to the value of cfp 900,000 (US$9,061) two return tickets to Paris, one return ticket to Los Angeles, a cruise for two on Gauguin cruise-ship, a dream week-end in Bora-Bora.

Under a starlit sky, which seemed to reflect the 17 contestants' beauty, the audience first attended a three hours show skillfully arranged and presented by Heitiare Tribondeau and Ramzy, leading presenter on TNTV channel. The night started with the parade of the candidates in plant formal dresses. A special cfp 50,000 (US$503) prize was attributed to Maite Morou for wearing the most beautiful plant dress.

Later on the contestants appeared on stage wearing swimsuits and night gowns.

Lively gigs such as Diane Tell's who sang her most famous songs unplugged, and dancing shows such as the Grands Ballets' took place between presentations.

Over 25,000 people voted, via SMS, Internet or phone, for the election.

June 15, 2004


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