UPDATE 6th May 2009
Ben Southall, 34 of Great Britain gets the job, defeating 15 other finalists and the total of 34,000 applicants.
UPDATE 25th March 2009
She ended up in 25th place with 2,815 votes.
Perennial leader Clare of Taiwan finished first with more than 151,000 votes, almost triple 2nd placed Mitchell of Canada at 55K+.
The final 11 applicants will be announced by Tourism Queensland on 2nd April 2009.
What was advertised as the best job the world was announced in January 2009.
More than 34,000 people from about 200 countries applied, including 180 Malaysians.
Only one person will get the job, slated to start 1st July 2009.
Now it’s down to the final 50 candidates.
One of them, and the only Malaysian, is a Sabahan: Jackie Miao.
If she gets the job, apart from the obvious advantage to her, it will also be a tremendous boost for Sabah’s, and of course Malaysia’s international tourism profile.
The others in the final 50 are from Taiwan (1), Russia (1), Canada (7), Ireland (1), USA (6), Singapore (2), France (2), Korea (2), Netherlands (2), New Zealand (1), China (2), India (2), Kenya (1), United Kingdom (4), Australia (6), Germany (2), Greece (1), Sweden (1), Indonesia (1), Japan (3), Guam (1).
Out of the 50 candidates, 10 candidates would be selected by a panel made up of people from Tourism Queensland.
I don’t know if she’s part of the 10.
However, possibly to add to the drama, the organisers decided to have an eleventh candidate, a “wild card” selected by popular vote via the job’s website.
There, one can view the candidates’ videos and can vote for them once every 24 hours, until 24th March 2009.
This is Jackie’s video [all applicants were required to submit a 1 minute long video introducing themselves and explaining why they should get the job]:
Click here to see the video