Telecast for this event includes a debut broadcast on E! Entertainment in the United States which boasts 600 million home viewers internationally. Other broadcasters include SABC3 in the host country South Africa,CCTV-1 in China,Zee Cafe in India,Paris Première in France,RCTI in Indonesia, and Venevision in Venezuela. The popular Umoja ensemble took center stage to the dollop of local culture showcasing awe-inspiring dance that included the sense-consuming gumboot dance. The scorching-hot urban-pop group Gang of Instrumentals definitely got the crowd thumbs up for their toe-tapping act.
NOTE - According to the Miss World Organization, Barbados won Queen of Caribbean even though Martinique, a Caribbean island, was among the semi-finalists. It is assumed that, as part of France, Martinique is a part of the European Union and is therefore not considered a Caribbean member state. However, there is no official explanation on the Miss World website.
Congo DR - Withdrew due to lack of funding and sponsorship.
St. Kitts & Nevis - Venetta Zakers, the winner of the Miss World Saint Kitts and Nevis 2009 pageant, will not compete in Miss World 2009 due to communication problems between her and the national pageant organization. However, the pageant will be held again in 2010 to select the representative for Miss World 2010.
St. Lucia - Withdrew due to lack of funding and sponsorship.
Seychelles - Withdrew due to lack of funding and sponsorship.
England - Due to the media attention following the allegations against her, Rachel Christie has now decided to withdraw from the Miss World competition and relinquish her Miss England crown. Katrina Hodge replaced her to participate in Miss World 2009.
Germany - Alessandra Alores was disqualified due to several explicit pictures of her on the Internet. Stefanie Peeck replaced her to participate in Miss World 2009.
Russia - Sofia Rudieva was allowed to compete in Miss Universe 2009 by the Miss Universe Organization, but the Miss World Organization did not accept her as a contestant due several explicit pictures of her on the Internet. Ksenia Shipilova replaced her to participate in Miss World 2009.
Singapore - The original winner, Ris Low, backed out of the finals at Miss World 2009. Her decision came after a slew of negative media reports in which she incurred the ire of the public for her poor English. Later, news of her conviction for credit card fraud in May also surfaced, after she stole credit cards worth $6000. She was sentenced to two years' probation for credit card fraud. There was a national petition for her to step down. Then, Ris Low was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The first runner-up Claire Lee, declined to represent Singapore due to a back injury which prevents her from standing for long periods of time, and also as Ris Low accused her of backstabbing her, and she withdrew from the pageant immediately. Claire Lee also rebutted Ris Low's allegations on her blog. On October 9, ERM World Marketing announced Pilar Carmelita Arlando as the new Miss Singapore World 2009, who represented Singapore at the Miss World contest. Before that, she was officially the second runner-up at Miss Singapore World 2009. However, Pilar was criticized by many netizens for not knowing who's the first president of Singapore, not knowing how many years Singapore has been independent, and claiming that the Merlion, a symbol of Singapore, went extinct in 1965, unaware that the Merlion is a fictitious animal.
Uruguay - Cinthia D'Ottone was the original Uruguayan representative to Miss World 2009, but she was replaced at last minute by Claudia Vanrell due to Cinthia's health related issues.
Vietnam - Trần Thị Hương Giang was appointed to represent Vietnam at Miss World 2009. She is the 2nd runner-up of Miss Vietnam Global 2009.