MALAYSIA – Dewi Liana Seriestha. Lookswise, she isn’t much, but she has a major ace up her sleeve: she’s an opera singer and it’s announced she’s one of the Top Two in Talent (her rival is Miss Scotland’s Gaelic singing). Would her big Talent points be enough to propel her into the Top 20?
MALTA – Joanne Galea. She’s one of the better-looking representatives fielded by this country to this pageant. However, she is unlikely to make any serious inroads into the finals as she did not figure in any of the challenge events.
MARTINIQUE – Anaïs Delwaulle. I find her a bit less-than-polished, though attractive. At least she’s one of the 27 short-listed for Beauty with a Purpose.
MAURITIUS – Sheetal Khadun. She’s attractive, but clearly overshadowed by other contenders out there. She has not figured in any challenge event so she’ll definitely not make the final cut.
MOLDOVA – Alexandra Caruntu. Here’s another contender for the Holly Carpenter award–she’s good looking, but she didn’t figure in any of the challenge events.
MONGOLIA – Battsetseg Turbat. This Miss Earth 2012 and Miss Tourism Queen International 2013 veteran may see her fortunes improve in this pageant as she figured in the Top 20 in Top Model, Top 32 in Sports and Top 27 in Beauty with a Purpose. She could deliver the Mongolian breakthrough (and bring forth a banner year for Mongolia in pageantry, what with a Top Eight finish last month at Miss Earth).
MONTENEGRO – Nataša Novaković. She made the Top 15 in Talent, and she’s rather attractive. She could be regarded as a worthwhile contender.
NIGERIA – Iheoma Nnadi. I would like to lament–oh where, oh where have the Agbani Daregos and Chinenye Ochubas have gone? This girl is just too homely, and she didn’t even make an impact in any of the challenge events.
PANAMA – Nicole Pinto. Just like Miss Earth, this Central American country fielded a black girl this year. She is good-looking, but not enough to impact the challenge events with the exception of Top 27 in Beauty with a Purpose. That could be considered achievement enough considering such a highly competitive field.
SERBIA – Milica Vuklis. She’s not conventionally pretty, but she’s likely going to bring her country its best placement in this pageant. She ranked 4th overall in Sports, and was among the 27 short-listed for Beauty with a Purpose.
SINGAPORE – Dalreena Poonam Gill. This is an atypical representative for this country as this lady is of Indian descent. She has not figured in any of the challenge events so it’s unlikely she’ll make any serious inroads into the Top 20.
SOUTH SUDAN – Awien Kuanyin-Agoth. She has a passing resemblance to Naomi Campbell, and that could be the key reason why she is a Top Five Top Model finalist.
SWITZERLAND – Dijana Cvijetic. She’s not a typical Swiss miss as her name seems to indicate she’s actually of Slavic descent. She has not figured in any of the challenge events so it’s unlikely for her to make serious inroads into the Top 20.
UKRAINE – Andriana Khasanshin. She reminds me of actress Lucy Lawless (best known for Xena: Warrior Princess). She is a Holly Carpenter award candidate, as she’s a gorgeous lady who didn’t seem to garner much notices from the powers-that-be.
VIETNAM – Nguyễn Thị Loan. She was among the Top 32 in Sports and Top 27 in Beauty with a Purpose. Could she make a splash into the Top 20? It is possible, though I have a whole lot of other contenders in mind.
Let me now trot out the leaderboard for this group, as follows:
TOP CONTENDER: INDIA
SHOO-INS: GUYANA, HUNGARY
LIKELIEST: INDONESIA, JAMAICA, LITHUANIA, MARTINIQUE, MONGOLIA, MONTENEGRO, PANAMA, SERBIA, SOUTH SUDAN, VIETNAM
CHALLENGE EVENT FACTOR: MALAYSIA
EXCELLENT: BELARUS, GUATEMALA, ICELAND, IRELAND, KYRGYZSTAN, MOLDOVA, UKRAINE
VERY STRONG: ITALY, JAPAN, MALTA
STRONG: ISRAEL, SINGAPORE, SWITZERLAND
VERY GOOD: MAURITIUS
FAIR: KOREA, NIGERIA