MISS WORLD 2014: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

At the Beauty with a Purpose ball.

Let’s consolidate all the leaderboards for the four teams and here’s how I think the 121 delegates stack up:

TOP CONTENDERS:  MEXICO, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA

SHOO-INS: ENGLAND, GUYANA, HUNGARY, FINLAND, KENYA, NETHERLANDS, AUSTRALIA, RUSSIA, SCOTLAND, SWEDEN, UNITED STATES

LIKELIEST:  AUSTRIA, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, BRAZIL, CHINA P R, COLOMBIA, CROATIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, INDONESIA, JAMAICA, LITHUANIA, MARTINIQUE, MONGOLIA, MONTENEGRO, PANAMA, SERBIA, SOUTH SUDAN, VIETNAM, CZECH REPUBLIC, FRANCE, HAITI, PHILIPPINES, SPAIN, NAMIBIA, NORTHERN IRELAND, NORWAY, PARAGUAY, PUERTO RICO, SEYCHELLES, TANZANIA, THAILAND, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, TURKEY, ZIMBABWE

CHALLENGE EVENT FACTOR:  BOLIVIA, CANADA, COSTA RICA, GIBRALTAR, WALES, MALAYSIA, COTE D’IVOIRE, CURACAO, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, FIJI, GERMANY, LESOTHO

POPULAR VOTE FACTOR: BARBADOS, CHAD, NEPAL

EXCELLENT:  ARGENTINA, ARUBA, BELGIUM, BELIZE, CAMEROON, KOSOVO, BELARUS, GUATEMALA, ICELAND, IRELAND, KYRGYZSTAN, MOLDOVA, UKRAINE, CYPRUS, EGYPT, ETHIOPIA, GABON, GREECE, GUAM, LEBANON, MYANMAR, PERU, POLAND, SLOVAKIA, VENEZUELA

VERY STRONG:  ALBANIA, HONG KONG CHINA, ROMANIA, ITALY, JAPAN, MALTA, GUADELOUPE, LATVIA, TUNISIA, NEW ZEALAND

STRONG:  DENMARK, ISRAEL, SINGAPORE, SWITZERLAND, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, GEORGIA, GHANA, SRI LANKA, UGANDA

VERY GOOD:  BAHAMAS, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, MAURITIUS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

GOOD:  BERMUDA, NICARAGUA, PORTUGAL, LUXEMBOURG, GUINEA

FAIR:  SAO TOME & PRINCIPE, KOREA, NIGERIA, SLOVENIA, URUGUAY

Here is then my “Fearful” Forecast:

TOP FIVE:  AUSTRALIA, INDIA, MEXICO, SOUTH AFRICA, UNITED STATES

TOP TEN:  ENGLAND, GUYANA, NETHERLANDS, SCOTLAND, SWEDEN

TOP 20:  BRAZIL, CHINA PR, CZECH REPUBLIC, HAITI, HUNGARY, INDONESIA, KENYA, PHILIPPINES,  RUSSIA, TURKEY

TOP 30:  BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, FINLAND, FRANCE, MALAYSIA, PUERTO RICO, SERBIA, SOUTH SUDAN, SPAIN,

BUBBLING UNDER:  AUSTRIA, COLOMBIA, CROATIA, JAMAICA, LITHUANIA, MARTINIQUE, MONGOLIA, MONTENEGRO, NAMIBIA, NORTHERN IRELAND, NORWAY, PANAMA, SEYCHELLES, TANZANIA, THAILAND, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, VIETNAM, ZIMBABWE

STRIKING DISTANCE:  BARBADOS, BELGIUM, BOLIVIA, CANADA, CHAD, COSTA RICA, COTE D’IVOIRE, CURACAO, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, FIJI, GERMANY,GIBRALTAR, LESOTHO, WALES

“HOLLY CARPENTER” NOMINEES:   ARGENTINA, ARUBA, BELARUS, BELIZE, CAMEROON, CYPRUS, EGYPT, ETHIOPIA, GABON, GREECE, GUAM, GUATEMALA, ICELAND, IRELAND, KOSOVO, KYRGYZSTAN, LEBANON MOLDOVA, MYANMAR, PERU, POLAND, SLOVAKIA, UKRAINE, VENEZUELA

Two ladies seem to be the clear front-runners for the crown, India (Koyal Rana) and South Africa (Rolene Strauss).  India seems to have the upper hand in terms of placement in challenges, but that is no guarantee that being the one who garnered the most points in challenges will get the ultimate crown.  There is still possibility for an upset, though.  All I hope is that the results would be convincing and transparent.

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

Will Megan crown one of these ladies?  Left photo: with India (Koyal Rana); Right photo: with South Africa (Rolene Strauss)
Will Megan crown one of these ladies? Left photo: with India (Koyal Rana); Right photo: with South Africa (Rolene Strauss)

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