I’ve noticed after seeing the first and second leaderboards that there was a change in the scoring system.  First, they put a stronger weight in the preliminary interviews that is why you see scores in the 370-425 levels for the Top 20 instead of around 150-190 in previous years.  I wonder if they start from a base number, like 200 or 250 then score their impressions of the contestants from there–we know that they are judged on 1) beauty, charm, and grace; and 2) intelligence and personality.  Now, I wonder if they still factor in “figure and deportment” since Julia Morley did away with the swimsuit competition–do the judges speculate on the contestants’ fitness and figures while they are fully clothed?

From the second leaderboard (after four of the five challenge events were factored in), it is observed the point gains are not as high as they were from 2012-2014 (the last year of which was particularly inflated).  But I can speculate that the challenge winner gets 30 points for a challenge win, but I don’t know how much points are given for lower ranks–my hypothesis is that they gave 25 points for 2nd place, 23 points for 3rd, 22 for 4th, 21 for 5th, and so on until it goes down to a minimum of 5 points for making the shortlist, and there was no “participation credit” like what was in place in 2012-2014.

It’s easier to figure out the BWAP scores–60 points is awarded to the winner, then 50 points to the 2nd placer all the way down to 32 points for the 10th placer.  They also have a hierarchy for the slightly lower-ranked projects:  30 points for those ranked 11th to 15th, 25 points for 16th to 20th, and 20 points for 21st to 25th.  Then, there is a 15-point credit for those who submitted videos, and 10 points for those who declared they have a BWAP project in the profile videos but do not have a BWAP video.

Now, it’s time I declare the winner of the Ruth Ocumarez award–this award goes to India (Aditi Arya).  She seemed to be scored so low in the preliminary interview that despite making Top Five in Multimedia and being shortlisted in Talent and Top Model (and earning BWAP points), she never showed up on the Top 20 leaderboard.  Wonder what caused the judges not to look in favor upon her?

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Ruth Ocumarez awardee: India (Aditi Arya)

In the same frustrating boat as Aditi is Samoa (Latafale Auva’a).  She placed 5th in both Talent and Sports, and she got a Top Ten citation for her BWAP project, which means she amassed at least about 70 points, yet she did not make a dent in the leaderboard.  It means she probably got a low preliminary interview score of around 320 points or less.

Scored low in interview and failed to make Top 20 despite gaining big points:  Samoa (Lautafale Auva’a)

Now, for the Holly Carpenter award, I normally would award this to a contestant who has no BWAP project at all, but since all except Czech Republic (Andrea Kalousová) have declared they have BWAP projects even if they don’t have videos to show for it, I’ll award this to someone who actually has a BWAP video.  This year’s Holly Carpenter awardee is Colombia (María Alejandra López)–many pageant fans and pundits have a high regard for her prior to her arrival, but fizzled as she failed to figure in the challenge events.  Like India, you might wonder what caused her to fall out of favor with the insiders?

Holly Carpenter Award: Colombia (Maria Alejandra Lopez)

There were three ladies who made it to the first leaderboard, scoring high in the preliminary interviews, then fell off the chart, mainly by not making the shortlist in any challenge event.  Nigeria (Unoaku Anyadike) was ranked 10th in interview with 387 points, but because she failed to make the shortlist in any challenge event, she only got a 15-point credit for having a BWAP video, so her final score was 402 points, bubbling under the Top 20.  Iceland (Arna Ýr Jónsdóttir), meanwhile ranked 14th with 380 points but she doesn’t have a BWAP video though she had a BWAP project, so her final tally was 390 points.  Below Iceland was Bosnia & Herzegovina (Marijana Marković) who was in a tie for 15th place with China and Kazakhstan (more on them later), and may have been shortlisted for Designer Dress, but that doesn’t give her point credits–at least she has a BWAP video so she overtook Iceland in the end with a 393 point final tally.

Preliminary Interview standouts: Nigeria (Unoaku Anyadike), Iceland (Arna Yr Jonsdottir), and Bosnia & Herzegovina (Marijana Markovic)

Prior to the BWAP results, Georgia (Nino Karalashvili) hung on to 20th place with 389 points (she was 19th in interview with 372 points), thanks to a 17-point credit for Top Model (which means she probably was placed in the Top Ten in this challenge event as she was not announced as part of the Top Five).  But she missed out of the Top 20 in the final tally as Ecuador surged back with a Top Ten placement in BWAP while Geogia only managed a 15-point credit for having a BWAP video.  Georgia’s final score is 404 points, which probably makes her rank 21st overall.

Was in the Top 20 prior to the final BWAP leaderboard: Georgia (Nino Karalaashvili)