MISS WORLD 2013: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

Now that all 127 contestants are accounted for, below is the consolidated leaderboard:

TOP CONTENDERS:  BRAZIL, FRANCE, GHANA, ITALY, PHILIPPINES, SPAIN, UKRAINE

SHOO-INS:  AUSTRALIA, CHINA, ENGLAND, INDONESIA, SLOVAKIA

POPULAR VOTE FACTOR: GIBRALTAR

LIKELIEST:  ALBANIA, ARUBA, BAHAMAS, BULGARIA, CAMEROON, CHILE, COTE D’IVOIRE, CURACAO, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, DOMINICA, ECUADOR, GUYANA, HUNGARY, INDIA, JAMAICA, JAPAN, KYRGYZSTAN, MALAYSIA, MARTINIQUE, MOLDOVA, MONTENEGRO, NETHERLANDS, NEW ZEALAND, NORTHERN IRELAND, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, PERU, RUSSIA, SOUTH SUDAN, THAILAND, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, UNITED STATES, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, VENEZUELA

CHALLENGE EVENT FACTOR:  BELGIUM, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, CANADA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EL SALVADOR, HONG KONG CHINA, NEPAL, NICARAGUA, SCOTLAND, TANZANIA, WALES

EXCELLENT:  ARGENTINA, BELARUS, BERMUDA, BOLIVIA, BOTSWANA, CHINESE TAIPEI, GEORGIA, GUATEMALA, GUINEA, IRELAND, KOSOVO, LITHUANIA, MEXICO, NAMIBIA, NORWAY, POLAND, PUERTO RICO, SLOVENIA, SOUTH AFRICA, TURKEY, VIETNAM

VERY STRONG:  CROATIA, ETHIOPIA, GUADELOUPE, KAZAKHSTAN, KENYA,  LEBANON, MACEDONIA FYRO, SAMOA, SERBIA, SEYCHELLES, SINGAPORE, SRI LANKA, TUNISIA

STRONG:  COLOMBIA, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, FIJI, GERMANY, ICELAND, KOREA,MAURITIUS, ST. KITTS & NEVIS

VERY GOOD:  AUSTRIA, BARBADOS, BELIZE, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, GREECE, MONGOLIA, NIGERIA, PORTUGAL, SWITZERLAND, UZBEKISTAN

GOOD:  COSTA RICA, FINLAND, GUAM, HAITI, HONDURAS, LATVIA, MALTA, SWEDEN, UGANDA, ZAMBIA

FAIR:  GABON, GUINEA-BISSAU, LESOTHO, ROMANIA

As is customary, after the Leaderboard is trotted out I shall now present my “Fearful” Forecast:

TOP FIVE:  BRAZIL, FRANCE, INDONESIA, PHILIPPINES, UKRAINE

TOP TEN:  AUSTRALIA, ENGLAND, GHANA, ITALY, SPAIN

TOP 20:  BELGIUM, CAMEROON, CHINA, INDIA, JAMAICA, NEPAL, NETHERLANDS, NORTHERN IRELAND, SLOVAKIA, UNITED STATES

TOP 40:  ARUBA, BULGARIA, CANADA, CURACAO, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, DOMINICA, EL SALVADOR, GUYANA, JAPAN, MOLDOVA, MONTENEGRO, NEW ZEALAND, NORTHERN IRELAND, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, PERU, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, THAILAND

BUBBLING UNDER:  ALBANIA, BAHAMAS, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, CHILE, COTE D’IVOIRE, DENMARK, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, HONG KONG CHINA, HUNGARY, KYRGYZSTAN, MALAYSIA, MARTINIQUE, NICARAGUA, RUSSIA, SCOTLAND, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, VENEZUELA, WALES

STRIKING DISTANCE:  ARGENTINA, BELARUS, BERMUDA, BOLIVIA, BOTSWANA, CHINESE TAIPEI, GEORGIA, GUATEMALA, GUINEA, IRELAND, KOSOVO, LITHUANIA, MEXICO, NAMIBIA, NORWAY, POLAND, PUERTO RICO, SLOVENIA, SOUTH AFRICA, TURKEY, VIETNAM

It seems the two big favorites from the get-go are the ones who will be battling for the crown.  Oddsmakers and the Beauty with a Purpose points may currently give the edge to Brazil’s Sancler Frantz, but the Philippines’ Megan Young could still win over in the final clinch and ultimately fulfill the dreams of 100 million Filipinos (give or take a few disgruntled self-interested parties) scattered worldwide, over 40 years in the making.   Just like how the pageant itself promises to prevail over those Islamic extremists, I hope the final outcome would likewise show that we can also rise above last-minute sabotage attempts.  We Filipinos do need some really good news to help relieve from the ongoing negativity encountered by our nation.

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

Who will win?  Megan Young vs Sancler Frantz
Who will win? Megan Young vs Sancler Frantz

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