MISTER INTERNATIONAL 2011: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

NIGERIA – Kenneth Nwadike.  He’s the last to arrive and is the sole black contestant in this pageant.  His prospects for making the final cut would depend how well the judges respond to his resemblance to actor Ving Rhames.  But no one can deny that he has one of the buffest builds among this year’s batch.

Ving Rhames (image sourced from qpicture.com)

NORWAY – Nikolai Danielsen.  He may not have any standout features like his fellow Scandinavians from Denmark (jaw) and Sweden (hairstyle), but he still possesses a scruffy handsomeness that would give him an inside track into the finals.  There are angles where he resembles “Dr. McDreamy” in “Grey’s Anatomy”, Patrick Dempsey.

Patrick Dempsey as “Dr. McDreamy” in “Grey’s Anatomy” (image sourced from webbreakingnews.com)

PAKISTAN – Muhammad Yassir.  His main assets are his outgoing personality and his reported $7 million fortune.  Otherwise his best strategy is to enjoy his stay in Thailand.

PANAMA – Jafeth Gutierrez.  He comes off like a typical Latin boy that you see on a street corner, not quite polished or sophisticated.  Still, he is attractive, and there are people who would that kind of persona appealing.

PHILIPPINES – Fhrancis Oliver Lopez.  He has a handsome face.  Some might view his 5’8″ height as a disadvantage (it is considered short for male modeling standards), but he seems to be garnering photo-modeling gigs while at the pageant.  He resembles American Idol Season 8 winner Kris Allen, who was a surprise champion over the major favorite Adam Lambert.  Like Kris Allen, Fhrancis might end up being a “Little-Cutie-That-Could”.

Kris Allen (image sourced from People.com)

PORTUGAL – Fabio Duarte.  He resembles actor Matt Dillon.  There is a rising amount of pageant fans and pundits buzzing and raving about him, so he could be a sleeper possibility for the finals.  It would emphasize a pretty good pageant year for this relatively unheralded nation.

Matt Dillon (image sourced from celebrityring.info)

SLOVAK REPUBLIC – Jakub Lorencovič.  It’s a good thing hot and gorgeous young Slovak men realize there is a career path other than those “famous” studios (this guy actually would’ve been perfectly cast in them, to be honest).  I suppose with the victory of Peter Menky last year at Manhunt International, we are now treated with gorgeous contenders from this country in male pageantry.  He is generating a major sensation amongst pageant fans and pundits as they practically swoon and salivate over him.  This guy shares the same height as Philippines, and with his handsome boyish features and buffed physique, he could also be considered another “Little-Cutie-That-Could”.  Another notable trait I’ve noticed is that some pictures also feature him raising one eyebrow at a time, reminding me of Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan

Phil Keoghan and “Browsie” (image courtesy of CBS)

SLOVENIA – Žan Cvet.  He somehow exudes a vibe of a young Elvis Presley before he hit the peak of his fame.  Those looks, updated with a buffed physique, could help propel him into the semifinals and perhaps even beyond.

Young Elvis (image sourced from frogmylife.blogspot.com)

SOUTH AFRICA – Christo Du Plessis. A blurry arrival photo made me first think he might have an inside track into the finals as he reminded me of “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm.  But clearer photos painted a starker picture, as he now reminds me of Jon Hamm if he decides to take the latter-day Mickey Rourke route, as he looked rather mature for comfort, and his frame is a bit too bulked up for the standards of this pageant.  But then again, those looks reminded me of one of the most important people I have met in my life–if he speaks with the voice that sounds like smoked hickory, I will probably go crazy and weep my eyes out.

Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men (image courtesy of AMC)
Latter-day Mickey Rourke (image sourced from contactmusic.com)

SPAIN – Gerva Moglio.  He is not that buzzed about but he seems to also be a great package of good looks and buffed physique.  I would not be surprised if he makes the final cut.

SRI LANKA – Anuj Ranasinghe.  Prior to Nigeria’s arrival, this guy would be considered the “black” guy of the group as he had the darkest complexion.  His rugged, swarthy looks oddly enough has its appeal, and it seems he’s trying to amp up his chances by adding a little sex–just look at where his hands are often going to, especially in his swimsuit presentation…  With his buffed physique he’s actually a worthwhile contender.

SWEDEN – Marco Djelevic Virriat.  There are pageant fans and pundits who are tagging him as a front-runner.  Though his features are undeniably handsome and his physique buffed, I was more swayed with other contenders out there.  I’m also slightly annoyed with his angular hairstyle–it’s too obviously a gimmick in my eyes, a shtick.  Still, he should not be denied and he is still among the most likely to make the final cut.

THAILAND – Direk Sindamrongsi.  Actually based on his intrinsic qualities, he is worthy to become a semifinals possibility.  But it seems based on feedback from the presentation show / preliminary judging, the host candidate did not make as strong an impact as his other competitors.  The question for the finals would be if merits would prevail or if a courtesy would be accorded to the host country.  Considering the two occasions when Thailand hosted Miss Universe, Thailand failed to make the final cut, it could be possible he could miss the cut, too.  Wonder why he chose to wear non-sponsor board shorts during the preliminary judging?  And during the swimsuit fashion show, he sported a towel while other candidates carried on without any props?

U.S.A. – Rhonee Roxas.  After representing Hawaii at this year’s Manhunt International even when there is no Mr. USA present, this Fil-Hawaiian finally got to represent all 50 states in this pageant.  I was surprised when I compared his stature compared to, say, Philippines and Slovak Republic as he towered over them while back in Manhunt International, he was like a relative dwarf.  Still he managed to make the final cut in that pageant.  What I mentioned in my Manhunt International homestretch review still stands, but somehow, I’m also seeing a resemblance to the webmaster of a very popular though sometimes controversial pageant website/messageboard.  Duplicating his Manhunt semifinal finish is still in the realm of possibility as his body remains superbly buffed.

VENEZUELA – Jeefry Rommel Rojas Torres.  As much as I’d love to give him credit for his buffed bod and that he might be generally polished in his presence, in my reckoning he’s such a major letdown from all the drop-dead stunners coming from this pageant powerhouse over the years.  In Filipino gay slang, he would be described as a hipon (shrimp) as he has a great body but the face is just, um, too underwhelming.  I just want to say that well, still kudos to Belleza Venezolana webmaster Julio Rodriguez for his continuous coverage of this pageant over the years and I support his efforts sending a representative to male pageants. But I simply could not get myself to like this fellow.  I heard that national directors (including Julio Rodriguez) were part of the preliminary panel, so this fellow making the final cut might be possible.

VIETNAM – Lê Khôi Nguyên.  Prior to the swimsuit and national costume fashion show, this guy was regarded as one of the most likely to make the final cut.  But his flamboyant catwalk in the swimsuit fashion show, which some likened to Shamcey Supsup’s “tsunami walk”, caused several to speculate on his sexuality (almost like the controversy when Mexico’s “kissing” photos were circulated), and several pageant fans downgraded their regard for him after that.  I think we live in more open, liberated times, and I think this fellow still has a more than fair chance of going far and making the final cut.

Now that all 33 are accounted for, let me trot out my leaderboard and show you how all of them stand in my reckoning:

TOP CONTENDERS:  BRAZIL, CZECH REPUBLIC, MEXICO

SHOO-INs:  DENMARK, NORWAY, PORTUGAL, SLOVENIA, SWEDEN

LIKELIEST:  LEBANON, PHILIPPINES, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SPAIN, VIETNAM

EXCELLENT:  COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, INDONESIA, IRELAND, THAILAND

UNCONVENTIONAL FACTOR:  BELGIUM, GREAT BRITAIN, GREECE, KOREA, MADAGASCAR, NIGERIA, SRI LANKA, VENEZUELA

VERY STRONG:  LATVIA, PANAMA, SOUTH AFRICA, U S A

STRONG:  CANADA, FRANCE, PAKISTAN

Now, my “fearful” forecast:

TOP FIVE:  BRAZIL, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, MEXICO, SLOVENIA

TOP 15:  KOREA, LEBANON, NORWAY, PHILIPPINES, PORTUGAL, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SPAIN, SWEDEN, VENEZUELA, VIETNAM

BUBBLING UNDER:  COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, GREECE, INDONESIA, IRELAND, NIGERIA, SRI LANKA, THAILAND

All images courtesy of Thaicatwalk.com or Julio Rodriguez for Belleza Venezolana unless otherwise indicated.

This is the sort of competition that I actually like, where the weakest contenders still possess compelling qualities to still be worthy of compliments.  It will be tough to determine a winner in this strong group of contestants.  I have a feeling some upsets are in the offing.  May the best man win!

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

MISTER INTERNATIONAL 2011: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 1)

Unlike Miss Earth 2011, wherein due to the constant flooding throughout Thailand they decided to switch venues, this year’s Mister International pageant stayed put and proceeded on being hosted in Bangkok, Thailand as scheduled.  Perhaps the usual smaller scale required in organizing a male pageant in contrast to a major grand slam female pageant allowed the organizers to still carry on and even integrate the otherwise dire events as part of charity efforts for the contestants.   One can also factor in the fact that the capital city of Bangkok itself has been mostly spared by the cataclysm (some say at the expense of adjacent areas, but that’s another story).

Contestants at one of the flooded areas

Though it was initially presumed that the record of 40 contestants last year would be broken this year, the number of contestants actually dipped down to 33, which is still the second-highest tally for this pageant’s six-year history.  Still, pageant fans and pundits are abuzz over the caliber of this year’s contestants, with a mixture of gorgeous hunks and interesting unconventional choices who could make the final cut.  Without further ado, let us evaluate their prospects starting with…

BELGIUM – Therry D’Hannens.  Sure, he’s not as hunky as Fabien Hauquier and Bart DeSchuymer, but he has an unconventional “geek” appeal especially with his penchant for wearing prescription eyewear whenever he appears.  He has a passing resemblance to “Queer Eye” food expert and author Ted Allen.

 

 

 

Ted Allen (image sourced from xfinitytv.comcast.net

BRAZIL – Cesar Curti.  This Brapanese (Brazilian-Japanese) model actually has experience modeling throughout Asia, which could serve him very well in this contest.  He is making all the right impressions so far with his highly appealing Eurasian features, rippled physique, tanned complexion, and all-around sensual charisma.  He is in my reckoning one of the front-runners in this contest.

 

 

 

sample modeling portfolio (sourced from cesarcurti.com)

CANADA – Ron Wear.  This Mr. World 2010 contestant’s best qualities are reportedly his personality, communication skills, and his reported $3 million fortune.  I have a feeling he is likely going to duplicate his Mr. World 2010 showing in this pageant.

 

 

COLOMBIA – Carlos Eduardo Paez.  In real-world terms, he would be classified as attractive.  But in pageant/modeling terms?  Though I found him rather raw, as the days wear on he seems to make a stronger impression.  He could indeed be in serious contention for the finals.

 

 

COSTA RICA – Erick Martinez.  He exudes the vibe of a Hispanic/Castillian aristocrat, with a passing facial resemblance to Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine.  With his lean and sinewy physique, he could be in contention for a semifinals slot.  I think combing his hair in an upswept style instead of down with bangs is more flattering for him.

 

 

 

Adam Levine (image sourced from oh-pish-posh.blogspot.com)

CZECH REPUBLIC – Martin Gardavský.  Imagine Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin if he has a touch of soccer superstar David Beckham’s handsomer features, and add the latter’s athletically buffed physique and off-the-charts sex appeal, and you get this gorgeously charismatic redhead model.  Needless to say, he’s one of my front-runners for the title.

 

 

 

A sizzling modeling layout (image sourced from super.cz)
Chris Martin (image sourced from last.fm)
David Beckham for Emporio Armani (image courtesy of Giorgio Armani)

DENMARK – Mads Madsen.  Pageant fans and pundits are all agog over this year’s Scandinavian contestants, declaring that they are all front-runners.  Well, I do agree they are highly attractive and have an inside track for the finals, but for some odd reason, I’m not as wowed by them as those fans seem to be (I’m more into Brazil, Czech Republic, and Mexico).  Still, this guy looks like he has an upper hand as he garnered a “most handsome” special award.  He does have those chiseled manly facial features that several ladies do dig, and his physique does keep up with the best of them.

 

 

 

FRANCE – Nicolas Fangille.  There are some people who might find his mature, swarthy facial features appealing, but I have a feeling with his slim but not-so-toned physique he would have an uphill battle making the final cut.

 

 

 

GREAT BRITAIN – Dan How.  It’s such an interesting contrast–last year’s winner of this pageant came from this country as they fielded a handsome, well-built model in Ryan Terry.  Now, to succeed Ryan is this shaven-head burly bodybuilder.  Bodybuilders rarely make any serious inroads in this type of competition, so perhaps the best strategy for this fellow is to make the most of his stay in Thailand.   He did make a memorable impression with his cheeky (though some might say, gross) poses with a Thai elephant.

 

 

 

Pretending to be gored by an elephant's tusk.
Mr. International 2010 winner Ryan Terry, during the Top 15 swimsuit round.

GREECE – Giorgios Stergioudis.  I don’t know what is it with male Greek contestants and their hair–they often like to sport them long.  This guy not only has long hair, but he decided to take it to the next level by doing crazy styles with it, as displayed in the swimsuit fashion show (he was since nicknamed “Amy Winehouse” by insiders).  More often than not, they would then succeed in making the final cut.  I’m not into guys with long hair or crazy hair, but I have to concede there is an attractive man underneath that hair.  Well, we’ll see if that strategy would work this time…

The "Amy Winhouse"

 

 

INDONESIA – Steven Yoswara.  Well, he’s cute and seems to be polished, but whether that would be enough to make the final cut is uncertain, though he seems to have a fan base rallying to his cause in popular polls.  He seems on track to win Best National Costume with his grandiose winged get-up.

 

 

 

IRELAND – Brendan Mervyn.  He looks like a blue-collar guy who has had his share of scrapes.  And though he wouldn’t be classified as classically handsome, that rough blue-collar persona is highly appealing (we all know there are a lot of girls who love bad boys).  It helps that he also has one of the buffest physiques in this batch (without becoming burly to be at a bodybuilder level), so he could be a refreshing choice for the semifinals.   He has a resemblance to “Ice Ice Baby” rapper Vanilla Ice (though it’s not necessarily a bad thing to look like him).

 

 

 

Vanilla Ice in his 1990s heyday (image sourced from starzlife.com)

KOREA – Oh Ji-Seong.  At first glance, I felt that this country fielded a dud, as he reminds me of an Oriental version of this year’s American Idol champion, Scotty McCreery.  But as days wear on, I do find him looking appealing–it’s an unconventional look, but if he plays his cards right, he could open up a lot of people’s preconceived notions of male beauty.  He won a “Cutest Guy” special award.

Scotty McCreery (image sources from scotty-mccreery.net)

 

 

 

LATVIA – Edvins Locmelis.  He has a pretty-boy look–it is almost to the level that it looks androgynous, and there are girls who dig that type of look.   He does have a fit physique, though not as rippled as, say, Czech Republic.  His prospects would depend on how the mix of judges respond to this type of look.

 

 

 

LEBANON – Mohamad Al-Hajj.  We’ve seen handsomer, more charismatic representatives from this country, but never count anyone from this country out as they usually would shine with personality and charm and make the final cut.  His scruffy, close-cropped look made me recall singer/songwriter/producer Mike Posner (“Cooler Than Me”).

 

 

 

Mike Posner (image sourced from billboard.com)

MADAGASCAR – Mickael Andrianarina.  He actually has great potential–he has handsome good looks and a good frame.  If he toned out his physique better, he could be in more serious contention.  Well, there are people who find his raw persona refreshing and highly appealing.

 

 

 

MEXICO – Sergio Felipe Melendez.  If you ask me, I think physically he’s the most complete package out of this year’s group.  His face is just jaw-droppingly handsome, and he has such a rippled, sexy physique.  I personally would regard him as the one most likely to win it all.  But there are people who have been posting pictures of him on Facebook kissing another guy and many are speculating his title (or even semifinal) prospects might be in jeopardy because of it.  The fact is, there are a lot of gay men competing in these pageants over the years (even if they do not openly disclose it), and I feel it’s about time we open our minds and accept that being gay does not make one less masculine.  He’s still a front-running dreamboat, if you ask me.

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of ThaiCatwalk.com and Julio Rodriguez of Belleza Venezolana unless otherwise indicated.

COMING UP:  NIGERIA to VIETNAM, and the “FEARFUL” FORECAST


MISS EARTH 2011: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

SRI LANKA – Poojani Wakirigala.  Like Miss Indonesia, for personal or religious reasons she has decided to miss out on the Press Presentation, even if she was already in the country by that time.  She’s attractive, though I wouldn’t put her in serious contention for the finals.

SWEDEN – Renate Cerljen.  She may have needed a Trump Ticket to enter the Top 15 at Miss Universe two years ago, but in this pageant, she’ll be a shoo-in for the semifinals based solely on her own merit.  She is indeed a complete package of good looks, trim figure, solid catwalk skills and stage presence, and strong communication skills.  Now, some pageant fans and pundits hyped her as a front-runner or on target for an element.  I don’t think she’ll earn an element, but she is in target for landing in the Final Eight.

SWITZERLAND – Irina De Giorgi.  This blonde is one of the underrated contenders out there, not generating much buzz but has strong merits in both beauty, poise, and communication skills.  I wouldn’t mind seeing her as one of the possible sleeper surprises.

TANZANIA – Nelly Kamwelu.  She is the successor to Netherlands’ Desiree van Den Berg as the winner of the Natascha Börger Hardest Working International Beauty Queen title, seeing action in three major international pageants in a span of four months.  There are some fans hyping that she’s the best representative from Africa in this year’s batch, but to be blunt I disagree with that.  There is a good reason why she missed the final cut at Miss Universe and Miss International, despite the fact that I concede she’s polished and a good communicator.

Performing a belly-dance during the Talent competition (photo courtesy of Melvin Sia for OPMB Worldwide)
At Miss Universe (image courtesy of Miss Universe LP, LLLP)
At Miss International (courtesy of International Beauty Congress)
Go, Desiree, hand over your title to Nelly! (Photo sourced from ocean-blu.blogspot.com)

THAILAND – Niratcha Tungtisanont.  I would classify her facial beauty as an unconventional sort, but what she lacks in that department she more than makes up with a polished presence and charisma.  I do feel she could be in contention for a semifinal slot, but I doubt if she’ll be as successful as her predecessor who garnered Miss Earth-Water.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Melanie George-Sharpe.  Lookswise, she has her exotic appeal though I’m not sure if it fits well with Filipino tastes.  If the judges are more open minded she could be in contention for a semifinal slot, but knowing our tastes, she would simply be regarded as a worthwhile contender.

TURKEY – Merve Saribas.  With her solid balance of good looks, sexy figure, polished stage presence and good communication skills, she is by far the best contestant fielded by this country to this pageant so far.  With the ferocious Latinas and European standouts like Czech Republic, Hungary, and Sweden, though, it would be a challenge for her to generate the breakthrough for her country in this pageant.

UKRAINE – Kristina Oparina.  Though pageant fans and pundits were raving over Crimea (an autonomous region of this country), this lady is arguably the more balanced package as she has a pretty face, too with a buffer body (probably because of her background as a ballroom dancer).  Yes, she’s on track for a slot in the semifinals.

Performing a solo ballroom-dancing-style act during the Talent competition (photo courtesy of Melvin Sia for OPMB Worldwide).

U S A – Nicole Kelley.  Yes, she’s perky like your typical American beauty queen.  Though she’s better than some of the representatives sent by this country during this pageant’s earlier years, it is likely going to be an uphill battle for her to make inroads into the finals.

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – Kara Williams.  I’m a bit surprised when I saw the country this lady is representing–this country is typically represented by a dark-skinned Caribbean girl.  Anyway, just like Miss U.S.A., her best prospects for this pageant is a credible showing.

VENEZUELA – Caroline Medina.  When she set foot in the Philippines, there were some pageant fans and pundits who felt slightly underwhelmed as they felt her predecessors were better looking with more charisma.  I agree this country has fielded some stellar and gorgeous gems in recent years, and yes, her predecessor Mariangela Bonnani is way more beautiful, but this lady still looks great.  What I first visualized when I first saw her was this year’s English representative to Miss World, Alize Lily Mounter, who may not impress pageant fans and pundits facewise, but delivered the goods and finished fourth overall in that pageant.

Several pageant fans and pundits have noted her deadringer resemblance to Miss Venezuela-Universe 2004 Ana Karina Añez, who had the dubious distinction of breaking Venezuela’s 20-year semifinalist streak in that pageant, and wondered if Caroline would likewise break Venezuela’s stellar streak that began with Alexandra Braun’s victory six years ago.  I believe she will sustain and not break a streak, and in fact is on track of probably even garnering an element–she has garnered favor with every Filipino she encountered as she reportedly has one of the most charming and sympathetic personalities in this batch (partially explaining the lion’s share of sponsor’s prizes she won).  And she’s already a proven quantity in terms of delivering when it counts–she has a win at the prestigious pan-Hispanic pageant Reina Hispanoamericana last year under her belt.  Definitely one to watch out for.

As winner of Reina Hispanoamericana 2010 (photo sourced from beautypageantnews.com)
Ana Karina Anez (image courtesy of Miss Universe Organization LP, LLLP)
Alize Lily Mounter (image courtesy of Miss World Ltd.)

VIETNAM – Phan Thi Mo.  Filipino pageant fans over the Internet initially snickered when they read out her name, as it sounds like the Filipino phrase for “your panties”.  Though personally I thought I’ve seen better looking ladies from this country, she has been given a stellar and respectful reception by the Filipinos she personally encountered, with some providing her with praise.  I’m still not that convinced that she has an inside track to the semifinals, but I can concede that she seems to be a worthwhile contender.

During the sans-makeup preliminary judging (photo courtesy of Phan Thi Mo)

WALES – Emma Franklin.  What is it as of late that this country fields short girls to major international pageants?  If it weren’t for Miss Ghana, this lady would’ve been the shortest representative out there.  She’s also arguably the weakest link amongst the ladies in the British Isles.

ZIMBABWE – Thandi Muringa.  Miss Botswana might be better-looking and with a better figure, in my opinion, but this lady seems to have an edge when she opens her mouth as she speaks eloquently and sounds committed to the environmental cause.  A slot for an African is a tightly contested fight between these two ladies, in my opinion.

Press Presentation and Evening Gown images courtesy of Carousel Productions, and National Costume images courtesy of Bruce Casanova for OPMB Worldwide.

Now that all 84 delegates are accounted for, let me trot out my leaderboard to show how I think they all stand:

TOP CONTENDERS:  CZECH REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, INDIA, MEXICO, VENEZUELA

SHOO-INS:  HUNGARY, PARAGUAY, SWEDEN

LIKELIEST:  AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, BOLIVIA, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, BOTSWANA, BRAZIL, CHILE, CHINESE TAIPEI, COLOMBIA, CRIMEA, EL SALVADOR, FRANCE, GUAM, ITALY, JAPAN, KOSOVO, PANAMA, PORTUGAL, PUERTO RICO, RUSSIA, SLOVENIA, THAILAND, UKRAINE, ZIMBABWE

EXCELLENT:  BELIZE, ENGLAND, GUATEMALA, INDONESIA, LATVIA, LUXEMBOURG, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, PERU, ROMANIA, SCOTLAND, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SWITZERLAND, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, TURKEY, VIETNAM

INTELLIGENCE/PERSONALITY/ENVIRONMENTAL FACTOR:  NEPAL, PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH AFRICA

VERY STRONG:  AUSTRIA, CANADA, CURACAO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, GERMANY, GUADELOUPE, ISRAEL, KOREA, MARTINIQUE, NORTHERN IRELAND, SINGAPORE, SRI LANKA

STRONG:  ARUBA, BAHAMAS, ESTONIA, HONDURAS, IRELAND, LEBANON, MADAGASCAR, NEW ZEALAND, SPAIN, TANZANIA, U.S.A., U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

VERY GOOD:  DENMARK, MALAYSIA, WALES

GOOD:  GHANA, MACAU

FAIR:  CHINA, HONG KONG, NIGERIA

Now, here’s my fearful forecast:

ELEMENTS:  CZECH REPUBLIC, INDIA, MEXICO, VENEZUELA

FINAL EIGHT:  ECUADOR, HUNGARY, PARAGUAY, SWEDEN

TOP 16:  CHINESE TAIPEI, COLOMBIA, GUAM, JAPAN, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, RUSSIA, ZIMBABWE

BUBBLING UNDER:  AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, BOLIVIA, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, BOTSWANA, BRAZIL, CHILE, CRIMEA, EL SALVADOR, FRANCE, ITALY, KOSOVO, PANAMA, PORTUGAL, SLOVENIA, THAILAND, UKRAINE

STRIKING DISTANCE:  BELIZE, ENGLAND, GUATEMALA, INDONESIA, LATVIA, LUXEMBOURG, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, PERU, ROMANIA, SCOTLAND, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SWITZERLAND, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, TURKEY, VIETNAM

Here’s looking forward that the preliminary judges selected their choices wisely.  Good luck to all the girls!

JUST ME!

JOSEPH