MEXICO – Marilyn Chagoya. There are pageant fans and pundits who presumed that she could be like a Gwendoline Ruais, someone who is not considered a conventional beauty who might rank high. But as the days wore on, her chances of making the Top 20 seemed to be dimming as she failed to make the cut in any of the challenge events. She might earn credits like when she played volleyball in the Sports challenge, but that’s about it. Mexico will probably realize its moment in this pageant down the line, but not this year.
MOLDOVA – Valeriya Tsurkan. She made an initial major splash making the Top 11 in Beach Fashion. Buzz about her simmered down since then, but at least she has already made her mark.
MONGOLIA – Pagmadulam Sukhbaatar. Just like Misses Botswana, Guadeloupe, Latvia, and Mexico, she didn’t make an impact in any challenge event but she saw action in the volleyball round of the Sports challenge.
NEPAL – Ishani Shrestha. She is attractive and a polished communicator, though going as far as her predecessor did last year (she made Top 30) is a longshot, until it was announced that she won Beauty with a Purpose project with her project, Project Smile and placed 3rd in Multimedia.
NEW ZEALAND – Ella Langsford. She has great looks that has garnered compliments from pageant fans and pundits. Now, she has so far only figured in a “homely” challenge event, in Sports, but hopefully she made an impression with the judges to fare well and have a more inside track into the finals.
PANAMA – Virginia Hernandez. She figured in two challenge events, Sports and Talent. She is a polished contender who can make serious inroads into the Top 20.
PARAGUAY – Coral Ruiz. We have seen better contenders from this country, but at least she made a splash in one challenge event–Sports, as it turns out she ranked 4th in this event. Anyway, I also love her name–Coral…
PERU – Elba Fahsbender. There are pageant fans and pundits who have a high regard for her, considering her as having an inside track into the finals. She figured as a reserve for the Green team in the Sports challenge, and she saw action in Tug-of-War.
PORTUGAL – Elisabete Rodrigues. There are some pageant fans and pundits who would regard her as a cellar-dweller, but in my reckoning, she is faring more respectably than I expect. Still, she’s not likely to make serious inroads into the finals.
PUERTO RICO – Nadyalee Torres. She seems to be an attractive and polished competitor, but thus far she has not figured in any challenge event. Hopefully she makes a great impression in the judges’ interview to shore up her fortunes.
ROMANIA – Andreea Chiru. She has features that are too mature for her actual age of 20. Pageant fans and pundits don’t have a high regard for her, so it’s not surprising why she has not figured in any challenge event thus far.
SEYCHELLES – Agnes Emmanuel. She has pleasant features, but she has not figured in any challenge event thus far. She could be considered an exotic, underrated gem.
SRI LANK A – Iresha Asanki de Silva. She has not figured in any challenge event, but there are pageant fans and pundits who gravitate towards her exotic features. Hopefully she earned some credits from her Beauty with a Purpose project.
THAILAND – Kanyaphak Phokesomboon. She is generally polished and attractive, so it’s a bit disheartening that she didn’t make the cut in any of the challenge events until it’s disclosed she’s 2nd in Multimedia.
VENEZUELA – Karen Soto. In several photos, she reminded me of Miss Universe 2010 4th runner-up Venus Raj, and I reminded myself how I thought Venus would’ve been perfect in this pageant then. But thus far the only challenge event this lady was able to make an impression was a Top 32 finish in Beach Fashion. Granted Venus has a special charisma about her that this lady kinda lacked, so perhaps that is why Karen could only go as far as she did. In Top Model, I was surprised that she also got to channel another well-regarded beauty queen: Miss Earth 2003, Dania Prince of Honduras. Too bad with so many gorgeous conventional beauties out there, her unconventional brand of beauty was not able to make serious inroads.
ZAMBIA – Christine Mwaaba. With Miss Guinea-Bissau, she was a late arrival. She’s attractive as long as she kept her mouth closed, as she has a large gap in her front teeth when she opens her mouth.
With the Green Team all accounted for, let me trot out my leaderboard for this team:
TOP CONTENDER: BRAZIL
LIKELIEST: GUYANA, KYRGYZSTAN, MOLDOVA, NEW ZEALAND, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, PERU, THAILAND, VENEZUELA
CHALLENGE EVENT FACTOR: NEPAL
EXCELLENT: BELARUS, BOTSWANA, LITHUANIA, MEXICO, PUERTO RICO
VERY STRONG: GUADELOUPE, KAZAKHSTAN, SEYCHELLES, SRI LANKA
STRONG: COLOMBIA, ICELAND, KOREA, MAURITIUS
VERY GOOD: MONGOLIA, PORTUGAL
GOOD: ANGOLA, LATVIA, ZAMBIA
FAIR: GUINEA-BISSAU, ROMANIA