Despite the “re-balancing” of the scoring system, I still managed to get 14 of the Top 20 correct in my “fearful” forecast (15 if you add the People’s Choice champion).  Now, let’s proceed with the ladies who made the Top 20, starting with those who ended up in the “right side” of the scoreboard:

20TH PLACE:  NORTHERN IRELAND – Leanne McDowell.  The preliminary judges and insiders scored this lady in a tie for 6th place with Netherlands with 395 points.  Thanks to her declaration that she has a BWAP project albeit no video, she was able to salvage her Top 20 standing with a 10-point credit, ending up with a final tally of 405 points.


19TH PLACE:  ECUADOR –  Camila Marañón.  She was in 20th place in interview with 370 points.  It took a Top Ten citation for her BWAP project for her to return to the Top 20 as she failed to place in other challenge events.  She earned 38 points for her BWAP project, which probably means she placed 7th in this event.


18TH PLACE:  SCOTLAND – Mhairi Ferguson.  From scoring 383 points in interview to tie in 12th place with Poland, she secured 11 additional points for placing in the Sports challenge and finally garnering the cursory 15 points for submitting a BWAP video, for a final total of 409 points.


17TH PLACE:  SOUTH SUDAN – Ajaa Monchoi.  I’m not sure if she tied with Ecuador with 370 points for the interview that is why she was not shown in the first leaderboard, but it looks like she amassed significant points in Top Model and Multimedia to amass at least 32 points.   Now, a tad strange–she only got 10 points for BWAP even if she submitted a video, and it was originally rumored to also have been shortlisted.  I have a feeling this is an error, and that she should have had a final tally of 417 points instead of 412, and so should have switched places with…


16TH PLACE:  CHINA PR – Yuan Lu.  She made the leaderboard in the preliminary interview by ranking in a tie for 15th place with 378 points.  She then acquired 15 additional points–most likely split between Top Model and Multimedia since she scored in the Alipay challenge.  Then, she was granted 20 points for her BWAP project for a final point total of 413 points–it makes me wonder if the 20 points was actually meant for South Sudan and not her, but they just alloted those points to this lady so the host country could save face…


15TH PLACE:  NEW ZEALAND – Deborah Lambie.  She probably scored low in the preliminary interview primarily because of her looks.  But she garnered at least 30-35 points, the bulk of which was for her Top Five showing in Multimedia, though she also earned points for Talent and Sports, too.  She earned 25 points for her BWAP project, which probably means her project was in the Top 20.  Her final point tally was 417 points.


14TH PLACE:  POLAND – Marta Palucka.  She and Miss Scotland ranked 12th in interview with 383 points.  She then added 12 points for her Top Model challenge placement and then 25 more points for her BWAP project for a final tally of 420.  Just like New Zealand, her project seemed to be ranked in the Top 20.


13TH PLACE:  KAZAKHSTAN – Regina Vandysheva.  She was in a tie for 15th place in interview with China PR and Bosnia & Herzegovina with 378 points.  It was announced she placed 4th in Sports, so that accounts for 22 points, so that means she earned 14 points for Top Model.  Prior to the BWAP scores being factored in she was actually ranked 9th, but because her project wasn’t shortlisted, she ultimately dropped out of the Top Ten and was overtaken, with a final overall point total of 429 points.


12TH PLACE:  BRAZIL – Catharina Choi.  She was 18th in the preliminary interview, earning 375 points.  She then garnered 31 additional points thanks to Multimedia and Top Model and rose up the rankings to 13th place.  Her BWAP project against leprosy may have missed the Top 10 by very little, as she earned 30 points from it so she ended up in 12th place with a final tally of 436 points.


11TH PLACE:  NETHERLANDS – Margot Hanekamp.  She was tied with Northern Ireland in 6th place in the preliminary interview with 395 points.  She then amassed 12 points for Top Model, and her project for animals was unique and worthwhile enough to earn 30 points for a final tally of 437 points.



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