MISS EARTH 2015: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

SPAIN – Dolores Ortega Martinez.  This country is normally a powerhouse, but she seems drowned by better looking Europeans and Latinas out there.

SRI LANKA – Visna Fernando.  Her exotic vibe might have garner some support her way.

SURINAME – Giselle Reinberg.  She’s the plainest of this batch, but she’s very articulate in her eco-beauty video.

SWEDEN – Maria Taipaleenmaki.  She has a nice girl-next-door prettiness.  Her name sounds Finnish.

SWITZERLAND – Corine Schädler.  See SWEDEN, albeit slightly more polished and winning a gold medal for the snowman building challenge.

THAILAND – Chavika Watsarang.  She has a sparkle about her even if she’s not conventionally pretty so she can make serious inroads into the semifinals, perhaps even going further than that.  She  garnered two silvers for costume and evening gown and a bronze for photogenic.  Will we also see her in Miss International next year?

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Danielle Dolabaille.  She may have an exotic appeal that can win over the judges.

TURKEY – Sevval Ayvaz.  She’s good looking, but barely garnering much buzz.

UGANDA – Sandra Akello.  She garnered a gold in her national costume and is generally a polished presence.  Can she be the African-most-likely?

UKRAINE – Viktoriya Orel.  She garnered two golds for her costume and the snowman building competition.  She also has the good looks to make serious inroads into the finals.

URUGUAY – Maria Belen Cabrera.  She’s an attractive Latina, but with fiercer Latinas present she could be regarded as an also-ran.

U S A – Brittany Ann Payne.  She exudes the vibe of a stereotypical homecoming queen.  She seems to also have a commitment to the cause so she might be one of the stronger bets for the Top 16, albeit I don’t expect her to duplicate or exceed Andrea Neu’s Miss Earth-Air finish last year.

VENEZUELA – Andrea Carolina Rosales.  During the Miss Venezuela pageant, she was one of the top favorites to garner the plum title to represent the country in next year’s Miss Universe, but she got this assignment instead.  For some reason, though she garnered a silver for photogenic and bronze for national costume, she is not generating the buzz of someone most likely to earn an element–it seems other Latinas are likely to take that mantle ahead of her.

WALES – Lara Stephen.  She’s short, plain, and not that polished.  Are the calibre of a Sophie Moulds (Miss World 2012 1st runner-up) so few and far between from this country?

With all 86 now accounted for, let me now trot out my leaderboard.

TOP CONTENDERS:  COLOMBIA, GUATEMALA, MONGOLIA, PANAMA

SHOO-INS:  AUSTRIA, BRAZIL, THAILAND

LIKELIEST:  ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, CANADA, CHILE, D.R. CONGO, CZECH REPUBLIC, ECUADOR, GERMANY, GUADELOUPE, HUNGARY, INDONESIA, IRELAND, JAPAN, KOSOVO, NEW CALEDONIA, NEW ZEALAND,  NORWAY, PARAGUAY, PHILIPPINES, PORTUGAL, REUNION ISLAND, RUSSIA, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, UGANDA, UKRAINE, U S A, VENEZUELA

EXCELLENT:  AUSTRALIA, BAHAMAS, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, COSTA RICA, CRIMEA, DENMARK, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, FRANCE, GHANA, INDIA, ITALY, KOREA. MALTA, MAURITIUS, MEXICO, NETHERLANDS, NORTHERN IRELAND, PERU, ROMANIA, SCOTLAND, SLOVENIA, SRI LANKA, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, URUGUAY

INTELLIGENCE/COMMITMENT FACTOR:  KENYA, NEPAL, SOUTH AFRICA, SURINAME

VERY STRONG:  ARMENIA, BELGIUM, CHINA, HONDURAS, MALAYSIA, SPAIN, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, TURKEY

STRONG:  ARUBA, BELIZE, CROATIA, CYPRUS, EGYPT, ENGLAND, ISRAEL, MYANMAR

VERY GOOD:  FIJI, LEBANON, POLAND

GOOD:  EL SALVADOR, GUAM

FAIR:  SINGAPORE, WALES

Here is my “Fearful” Forecast:

TOP FOUR:  AUSTRIA, COLOMBIA, MONGOLIA, PANAMA

TOP EIGHT:  BRAZIL, GUATEMALA, PHILIPPINES, THAILAND

TOP 16:  CHILE, KOSOVO, NEW CALEDONIA, RUSSIA, UGANDA, UKRAINE, U S A, VENEZUELA

BUBBLING UNDER:  ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, CANADA, D.R. CONGO, ECUADOR, GERMANY, GUADELOUPE, HUNGARY, INDONESIA, IRELAND, JAPAN,  NEW ZEALAND,  NORWAY, PARAGUAY, PORTUGAL, REUNION ISLAND, SLOVAK REPUBLIC

STRIKING DISTANCE:  AUSTRALIA, BAHAMAS, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, COSTA RICA, CRIMEA, DENMARK, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, FRANCE, GHANA, INDIA, ITALY, KENYA, KOREA. MALTA, MAURITIUS, MEXICO, NEPAL, NETHERLANDS, NORTHERN IRELAND, PERU, ROMANIA, SCOTLAND, SLOVENIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SRI LANKA, SURINAME, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, URUGUAY

It’s coincidental that in both Miss Supranational and in this pageant, two of the biggest favorites are from Colombia (Estefania Muñoz) and Panama (Carmen Jaramillo).  Though Guatemala (Sara Guerrero) has been one of the top medal earners in this competition, she might likely be pipped out of an element by the host delegate, Austria (Sophie Totzauer).  Though she may have some detractors, Mongolia (Bayartsetseg Altangerel) seems destined to garner an element.

To be blunt, I’m not as enthusiastic at this group of ladies unlike last year–there were more gorgeous, high caliber contenders last year.  Still, this could still be an exciting, unpredictable pageant.  Let’s see how it all unfolds tonight.

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

MISS EARTH 2015: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 5)

PANAMA – Carmen Jaramillo.  She seems to be making the biggest splash as she garnered three gold medals thus far–for cocktail wear, sports, and evening gown–plus a silver in national costume.  She seems on track to garnering an element.

PARAGUAY – Andrea Melgarejo.  Another looker from the highly competitive Latin American contiingent. she may not have garnered a medal but still could conceivably made teh Top 16 overall.

PERU – Zully Barrantes.  She won Reina Mundial de la Piña  (World Queen of Pineapple) earlier this year–the one representative in this groupw who competed in a lesser international pageant and won..  She may not have medaled but it’s possible she can make the final cut.

PHILIPPINES – Angelia Ong.  She garnered a bronze in evening gown and a silver for congeniality.  She may not be conventionally pretty but she still has an inside track of making the final cut.

POLAND – Magdalena Ho.  She’s an unusual representative for this country–she’s undeniably Asian.

PORTUGAL – Berth Elouga.  She garnered two silver medals in two non-looks-oriented events: talent and sports.  Still, her exotic features may be catnip to the judges and she can make the final cut.

REUNION ISLAND – Jane Soune-Seyne.  She seems an attractive and polished contender.  She garnered a gold for friendship.

ROMANIA – Anca Neculaiasa-Pavel.  She is good looking, so she can be a semifinals possibility.

RUSSIA – Mariya Chudakova.  Her features seem to have a Eurasian mix, which has its strong appeal.  She garnered a gold in the team snow-building competition and a bronze in evening gown.

SCOTLAND – Amy Meisak.  It’s quite rare to see a platinum blonde Scottish lass, which this lady is.  She garnered a bronze as darling of the press.

SINGAPORE – Tiara Hadi.  Many pageant fans and pundits may consider her a cellar dweller, and even her gold medal win for friendship would not sway them to switch their regard.

SLOVAK REPUBLIC – Anita Polgariova.  She has not garnered a medal, but no one can deny her gorgeous looks so she may be still in strong contention.

SLOVENIA – Laura Skvorc.  She garnered a sliver medal in national costume.  She could be considered a worthwhile contender.

SOUTH AFRICA – Carla Viktor.  Her looks may be plain but she is clearly committed to the cause, and garnered a gold in talent and a bronze in sports, along with a silver in the team snowman building competition.

COMING UP:  SPAN to WALES

MISS EARTH 2015: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 4)

KOREA – Han Ho-jeong.  She’s cute but she has an awkward vibe about her.

KOSOVO – Katrina Neziri.  Her resemblance to actress Angelina Jolie helps give her serious inroads into the Top 15.  She made a striking impression in evening gown, earning her a bronze medal.

LEBANON – Joudy Hennawi.  She’s pretty, but her figure might be a tad hefty by today’s pageant standards.

MALAYSIA – Danielle Wong.  She won a gold in national costume and a silver in the team snowman-building event.  Her face may be plain, but she has an enviable slender figure.

MALTA – Alexia Fenech.  She has a pretty face and her figure is trim, so she can be a semifinals possibility.

MAURITIUS – Katia Moochooram.  She seems a solid contender overall, although she has not garnered a medal.

MEXICO – Gladys Flores.  She may not have garnered a medal but her pretty face could not be denied.

MONGOLIA – Bayartsetseg Altangerel.  People were abuzz about her for her eco-beauty video as it was the most striking and best-produced of them all.  She may not be as pretty as her predecessor (who made the Top Eight last year in this pageant, and three years before that became 2nd runner-up at Miss International) but it seems she’s one of the big favorites to garner an element and perhaps win it all.  She garnered two golds by being Miss Photogenic and leading the evening gown in her group, plus a bronze for cocktail wear.

MYANMAR – Eaint Myat Chal.  She seems polished but her beauty is not of the conventional sort.

NEPAL – Dibyata Vaidya.  She’s elegant attractive, and trim.  But will these be enough for her to make the final cut?

NETHERLANDS – Leena Asarfi.  She earned a gold for her floral national costume with a picture frame prop, a silver for the team snowbuilding challenge, and a bronze for being the most congenial in her group.  Can she be a semifinalist possibility?

NEW CALEDONIA –  Julia Roquigny.  Her elegant looks might be her ticket to make the Top 16.  Thus far she only earned one medal–a silver for evening gown.

NEW ZEALAND – Anna Lisa Christiane.  She resembles a very young version of former Entertainment Tonight anchor Mary Hart, with red/strawberry blonde hair.  If the judges are in the mood for teenage ingenues she may make the final cut.

Mary Hart (image sourced from Deadline.com)

NORTHERN IRELAND – Dearbhlá Walsh.  Her face borders on plain, but she has a good, shapely figure.  I have a feeling her name is actually pronounced as “Darla” (Irish Gaelic has such peculiar pronunciations).

NORWAY – Britt Roselyn Rekkedal.  She didn’t win a medal, but I don’t think you should totally count her out, as she seems good looking and trim enough.

COMING UP:  PANAMA to SOUTH AFRICA