The new man at the helm of Miss Botswana Pageant Mosupi Tops Masole is still optimistic that this year’s Miss Botswana auditions will attract record numbers.

This is despite the fact that only seven girls turned up for the auditions at Rileys Hotel over the weekend.

Tops, as Masole is known in the entertainment industry maintained that the response was positive when compared to last year.

“Though I was not the sponsor last year if I recall well, we had only one person auditioned in Maun,” he said.

He said that he had expected many people to take part looking at the response they got in social networks.

“We are under pressure because of the short notice that we got for submitting the names of our winner to Miss World pageant organisers on the first week of May.”

Tops however said that the low turnout could have been a result of the heavy showers that were spread across the country.

He said Maun people are always keen to be part events staged in their village as previously shown in other pageants and MyStar auditions.

Meanwhile the auditions lacked spark as there were no advertising boards or Botswana Television (BTV) to capture the proceedings.

However Tops played it down saying they had engaged a private company which was going to submit the materials for a special programme on BTV.

He said that with other places like Francistown, Selibe Phikwe, Palapye and Gaborone they were going to have enough time to market the auditions unlike in Maun.

He stressed that though to the turnout was not satisfactory they would not be able to re-audition as there is little time left before the finals on April 27th.

Tops who is the owner of Pleasant Worthy, an event management company was engaged by Miss Botswana licence holders, Botswana Council of Women together with Dave Abrams of Sweet Baint to be in-charge for three years.

Auditions will be held in Francistown this Saturday at Thapama Hotel.

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