We are happy to publish the speech that MR SL ♛ 2016, SaianSamuel, gave in the Grand Finale of the MR SL 2017 pageant before the top 3 winner announcement, to finish the year of his reign.
First of all, thanks to everyone here for being here with us and for sharing this intense moment with us, and intense it is, especially for me. I will not hold you up for long, but I am very touched and although you might not believe that I actually wrote this speech a few days ago, the emotion remains the same.
One year ago I was crowned MR SL ♛ 2016, which was the first ever MR SL ♛. Trust me, I am really proud of it, even though at the beginning of the contest I was wondering to myself what I was doing here, thinking “it’s impossible, so many challenges, time, stress” and the others candidates were so great. However, I had so much fun, I learnt a lot and I met wonderful people, especially one in particular, named Marcus Wisser. I am sure that the candidats in MR SL 2016 and 2017 have had, and still do have, the same feelings regarding him as I do.
At each stage throughout the competition, I had only one goal…to win. Then, when I heard this sentence from Marcus ” MR SL ♛ Ireland – saiansamuel is MR SL 2016!”, I screamed so loud that I even woke my mother up! Today, one of these awesome gentlemen in front of you will be crowned MR SL ♛ 2017. I can imagine what must be going through their minds and I know exactly how they are feeling right now, because a year ago, that was me up there.
Some of these guys were total novices in modeling; they received advice, modeling classes, attended rehearsals and they learnt like we all did, for each year of the Miss SL Competition. I’m very proud of them and really impressed, because they have made so much progress and worked so hard. Though of course only one will get this precious title, but they are all winners in my eyes regardless of who comes out on top today.
Thus it is time for me to bow out or at least to hand over the “torch”, or rather in this case, the brooch I am proudly wearing today to be precise. I would like to take advantage of this opportunity to thank Kat Carter, owner of Moondance Boutique, who made this awesome jewel-piece to represent MR SL ♛ 2016. I also express my deepest gratitude to Enzo Champagne once again, for the fantastic custom outfit he made for my National Costume last year when I was MR SL ♛ Ireland; it definitely did bring me luck.
But of course Marcus, you are not going to get rid of me just like that, because I am very honoured to be a part of the MISS SL Organization and especially being a part of the team. Yes, we are a team and I want to say a big thank you to you, Marcus. You never gave up, even when some situations could make you just want to run. I know how hard it was towards the end of the competition last year and I’m pretty sure that you didn’t even know what to do with me, uh? But, you got to know me and step by step you trusted me and I would never change that for anything in this world.
Finally, I want to thank my family and friends for all the support, for being there and continuing to be there at my side. I wish to thank all the MISS SL team who have done a wonderful job for each event and every challenge, to all our sponsors and judges who always show a big interest in MISS SL Organization, to Maxtor Frisk who is MR SL ♛ Argentina 2016 and Mr Model International 2016 for his help with perfect spoken English. I would like to thank all of you for being on this journey with us, for being present at the challenges, at the events and for coming along to this Grand Finale of MR SL ♛ 2017.
It’s time now I guess, to announce the top 3; they are all nervously stood behind me and that’s normal, because I am feeling nervous as well.
Thank you all from MR SL ♛ 2016.
The picture for this post was shot and edited by MR SL ♛ USA 2016, Stavaros, who is a dear friend to SaianSamuel – the speech text was advised and revised by MR SL ♛ Argentina 2016, Maxtorfrisk, Chief Communication Officer to MISS SL Organization.
We want to thank MR SL ♛ 2016, SaianSamuel, once again for this beautiful speech, but also for his restless engagement during the year of his reign. We are also very glad and happy to know him being a part of the MISS SL Organization team and member of the Board of Directors for the future too. Lastly, we are even more humbly grateful for his dear friendship, which has encouraged and strengthened us so much in the past and for the future.
Thank you, MR SL ♛ 2016, SaianSamuel!