Everyone was awaiting the night. There were those who were going to watch the long-heralded event on television, and those who would witness it live. It wasn't just a local event limited to a Lebanese audience; it was also a regional event that would have an impact on the surrounding Arab world. Some hoped to see beauty, conventionally defined; others wanted to see displays of intelligence, talent and wit; and some wanted to watch just to satisfy their curiosity. Although intentions were numerous and varied, the final result was the same: everyone who watched the recent Miss Lebanon Contest was stunned.