MISTER WORLD 2016: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

Now with all 46 contestants accounted for, let me trot out my Leaderboard:

TOP CONTENDERS:  INDIA, DENMARK, SCOTLAND

SHOO-INS: AUSTRIA, MALTA, ENGLAND, MEXICO

LIKELIEST:  JAPAN, KENYA, SOUTH AFRICA, SWEDEN, CURACAO, EL SALVADOR, GERMANY, ITALY, IRELAND, PERU, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, PUERTO RICO, SPAIN,

TALENT FACTOR:  HONDURAS

INTERVIEW FACTOR:  CANADA, CHINA

EXCELLENT:  COSTA RICA, GREECE, MALAYSIA, NICARAGUA, ARGENTINA, NIGERIA, WALES, BRAZIL, GUADELOUPE, KOREA, MOLDOVA, PANAMA, SWITZERLAND

VERY STRONG:  GHANA, NORTHERN IRELAND, SRI LANKA, BULGARIA, ROMANIA, FRANCE

STRONG:  BOLIVIA, NEPAL, UNITED STATES

Now, here is my “Fearful” Forecast:

TOP FIVE:  AUSTRIA, INDIA, DENMARK, MALTA, SCOTLAND

TOP TEN:  SOUTH AFRICA, ENGLAND, MEXICO, PHILIPPINES, POLAND

BUBBLING UNDER;  JAPAN, KENYA, SWEDEN, CURACAO, EL SALVADOR, GERMANY, ITALY, IRELAND, PERU, PUERTO RICO, SPAIN

STRIKING DISTANCE:  CANADA, COSTA RICA, GREECE, MALAYSIA, NICARAGUA, ARGENTINA, NIGERIA, WALES, BRAZIL, CHINA, GUADELOUPE, HONDURAS, KOREA, MOLDOVA, PANAMA, SWITZERLAND

The final roster of 46 equals the previous edition.  If an Asian host is willing, I have a strong feeling this pageant’s roster will expand.  Some people may grouse that publicity seemed minimal, that it relied on the contestants themselves to drum up publicity in social media, but well, it’s a struggle we all know too well.  Also I noticed the schedule seems too abbreviated, and I think they are not able to stage as many sports events as they could have (no track or swimming, I observed).

Still, I enjoy witnessing the camaraderie that is forged amongst these extraordinary gentlemen, and that, I think, is a key opportunity they can tap for growth. Hope they have a better mechanism in place for future editions of this pageant.

I originally pegged this as a two-way battle between India (Rohit Khandelwal) and Denmark (Rasmus Pedersen), but Scotland (Tristan Cameron Harper) joined in the fray and his phenomenal feats at the athletic challenges may be the key for him to overtake the two perceived front-runners.  Anyway, best of luck to these amazing gentlemen and may the best man prevail.

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

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Will the title go to any one of these three? India (Rohit Khandelwal), Denmark (Rasmus Pedersen), and Scotland (Tristan Cameron Harper)

 

MISTER WORLD 2016: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 4)

THE BLUE TEAM.  This is the team that many pageant fans are paying attention to, as it is loaded with a lot of heavy hitters.  It dominated the Extreme Sports challenge as it took the three slots, and two known winners from the individual sports events are from this team.  It also was co-winner of the 10-tonne landscaping challenge.  The group introduction video was fun, showcasing talents with a Miss Universe-style introduction from each of the members.  But the fitness video was a hot mess, to be honest–disjointed mix of dancing with the old ladies of Southport, then various “Running Man”* challenge gags.  I have a feeling that messy fitness video might cost them the overall team victory.

* A famous viral challenge where people dance to the Ghost Town DJ’s 1996 hit “My Boo”.

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Blue Team (L-R): Ireland, Spain, Scotland, England, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, Peru, France, Mexico. Absent: Philippines and Poland.

ENGLAND – Chris Bramell.  For most pageant fans and pundits, he attractive enough but not really that much to look at.  But with his 2nd place showing in Extreme Sports and win in the golf part of the Sports challenge, along with a Top 10 finish in the Mobi portion of the Multimedia challenge, he seems to have a slot in the Top 10 secure.

England MW

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Winner of the golf portion of the Sport challenge.
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Goofy moment with Philippines and Scotland

FRANCE – Kevin Martin-Gadrat.  He’s good looking, but doesn’t quite stand out in the crowd, with the exception of a Top Five finish in the penalty shoot-out portion of the sport challenge.  His main edge would probably sympathy for the Bastille Day terrorist truck massacre in Nice.

France MW

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Hanging around with Messrs. India and Korea

IRELAND – Darren King.  He’s a classically chiseled hunk who many people would consider underrated, as he doesn’t seem to figure in the challenge events thus far.  With the Blue team so deep with powerhouse standouts, would there be room for a gem like him?

Ireland MW

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At the Extreme Sport challenge with Mr. Spain (R)

MEXICO – Aldo Esparza.  Mexican pageant fans and pundits tend to discount this guy’s prospects as they deemed that he doesn’t exude the charisma of his predecessors.  But he exceeded expectations as he placed 3rd in the Extreme Sports challenge and 4th in the Mobi portion of the Multimedia challenge.  He looks also in contention for the Talent competition with his unique cowboy lasso tricks.  With all those factors, it looks like a spot in the Top Ten is secure.

Mexico MW

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Doing push-ups during the Extreme Sport challenge.
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In the bus with Mr. Poland (R)

PERU – Alan Massa.  He’s one of the few I know who has singing as his talent, so he may have had an edge over the other talents (and his singing voice seems pretty good), but I think based from the snippets that I had heard, Honduras is the best singer.

Peru MW

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With Mr. Mexico (R)

PHILIPPINES – Sam Ajdani.  Many pageant fans like myself were so excited to see him in action in Southport.  But it turned out he encountered some snags before finally securing his visa.  To his credit, once he set foot in Southport he made his presence felt.  He blended in very well and fostered camaraderie with his colleagues, and he seems a charming enough speaker.  But of course his main asset is that stunning handsome face–I may be biased because I’m Filipino, but I sincerely believe he has the handsomest face of all the 45 contenders and his charisma is undeniable.  I’m hoping very sincerely that he’ll be deemed outgoing enough by the judges to make the final cut, or perhaps win the Style award to advance.

Philppines MW

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Straight outta the airport and into the fray: Sam still looking dashing even when jetlagged.
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With teammates Peru, Ireland and Puerto Rico

POLAND – Rafał Jonkisz.  He’s also another relative latecomer, but fortunately he came just in time before the challenge events began.  Being a celebrity in his home country, he shot up the rankings in the Mobi portion in the Multimedia challenge and won it.  He might also have an edge in Talent with his dancing/jumping skills.  He is making a stronger impression here than he did at Mister International last year, and he looks like he has an inside track into the finals.

Poland MW

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Shirtless pic with Mr. Ireland (L)
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During the football penalty shoot-out: (from L-R): Spain, Argentina, Poland, Malta and France.

PUERTO RICO – Fernando Alvarez.  This major standout semifinalist at last year’s Mister International has been generating a lot of positive buzz from pageant fans and pundits alike.  But I fear that not figuring in the challenge events may make him less than a sure-shot than what most of us would assume.  But as long as he charms the judges (which we all believe he can), he can be set for another Top Ten finish.

Puerto Rico MW

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SCOTLAND – Tristan Cameron Harper.  He has made an indelible stamp at the Extreme Sports challenge, dominating it from beginning to end.  He may not be conventionally handsome but he has a rugged masculine appeal that could help him clinch the overall win.

Scotland MW

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Top 12 in Extreme Sports. Back (L-R): Wales, Japan, Costa Rica, Germany, Mexico, Nicaragua, Denmark. Front (L-R): :Northern Ireland, Austria, Scotland,, England
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Top Three in Extreme Sports: Mexico (3rd), Scotland (1st), and England (2nd)
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Roommates: Scotland and Philippines

SPAIN – Angel Martinez Elul.  He’s very handsome, but I sometimes confuse him with Mr. Switzerland, as they both share youthful faces, light stubbles and thick brunette pompadoured hairstyles.   This guy garnered the edge as he won the penalty shootout.  He also has a unique talent as he does beatboxing–though I’m more impressed with Queenierich Rehman’s beatboxing skills when she competed for the Philippines at Miss World 2012.  He looks like a semifinals possibility.

Spain MW

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Penalty shoot-out champion.
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Preparing for interview.

SWITZERLAND – Betim Morina.  Despite the scruff, this is the youngest contestant in this year’s pageant as he will turn 18 this October.  A worthwhile contender but it’s an uphill battle with so many stunners out there, much more from this team.

Switzerland MW

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Showing off his football/soccer jersey during the penalty shoot-out.

COMING UP:  THE “FEARFUL” FORECAST

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After the Extreme Sport Challenge. Back (from L-R): Peru, France, Poland, Mexico, Philippines, Switzerland. Front (from L-R): Scotland, England, Puerto Rico, Ireland

MISTER WORLD 2016: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 3)

YELLOW TEAM.  This team didn’t figure much in the Extreme Sports challenge as it only managed to have one contestant in the Top 12.  But this group started to gain traction as it did respectably in the 10-tonne landscaping challenge and its group videos are fun to watch.  There is also a chance that the overall Multimedia champion and the Talent champion might come from this group.

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Yellow Team (L-R): Panama, Denmark, Honduras, Sweden (placed by mistake), Malta, Korea, Romania, Guadeloupe, Bolivia, China, Moldova, and Brazil. Not in picture: Italy

BOLIVIA – Sebastian Molina Rivero.  He’s another case of being a catch in real-world terms but not in serious contention for the finals according to stratified pageant standards.

Bolivia MW

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With Mr. Brazil (L)

BRAZIL – Lucas Montadon.  He’s attractive, articulate, and charming, but he’s far from the utter heady heights of Gustavo Gianetti, Lucas Gil, and Jonas Sulzbach.  He’s a worthwhile contender but I doubt he’s in serious contention of making the final cut.

Brazil MW

CHINA – Chang Zhou Sheng.  His best quality is being well-spoken with strong English skills,  But we discover he has a very amusing quirky side, as shown by a video taken by Mr. Nigeria, below.  I think he’s like the male version of the utterly quirky character in the Pitch Perfect movies, vocal percussionist Lily Onakuramura, played by Hana Mae Lee

China MW

DENMARK – Rasmus Pedersen.  He could deliver his country a back-to-back win as his human interest story as a cancer survivor is clearly going to be hard to resist.  That he also was the sole member of his team to make the Top 12 in the Extreme Sports challenge also bolsters his cause.

Denmark MW

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The only Yellow Team member to make the Top 12 in the Extreme Sports challenge

GUADELOUPE – Ludovic Letin.  He made the Top 10 in the early  part of the Mobi portion of the Multimedia challenge before dropping off to make way for other rising contenders like Poland and Philippines.  He’s attractive enough, but I don’t think he made a big enough splash to become the “black-man-most-likely”.

Guadeloupe MW

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With Mr. Korea in the golf portion of the Sport challenge. Check out his caption on his Facebook profile, referencing Wiz Khalifa: “U know what it is! Black&yellow black&yellow”

HONDURAS – Abelardo Bobadilla.  He’s scruffy, mature, and a tad rough-looking, but still very attractive.  If this pageant’s tradition in the Talent round is to be followed, he looks like the most likely to win the Talent competition as he’s the best singer in the group (being a professional singer back home).

Honduras MW

 

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Bus selfie with Messrs. England and Malta

ITALY – Federico Carta.  He’s a dreamy hunk with a likeable personality.  But there are much more vibrant personalities and stronger communicators out there that despite his gorgeous looks, he might be overshadowed and miss the final cut.

Italy MW

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At the 10-Ton team challenge

KOREA – Young Suk Seo.  He’s not conventionally handsome but he exudes personality ahd he has that enviably beefy buffed bod.   But I don’t think interview  is his strong suit, so making a creditable impression is enough.

Korea MW

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Flexing with Messrs. Italy and Bolivia

MALTA – Timmy Puschkin.  Yes, Mr. Poland won the Mobi portion of the Multimedia challenge, but I have a feeling this guy will end up as the overall Multimedia champion with all the material he put up online.  Going beardless is a great strategy as he stands out from the bevy of scruffy hunks.  He could be one to keep an eye on.

Malta MW

 

MOLDOVA – Anatolie Jalba.  He’s good looking with a beefy bodybuilder’s bod.  But it’s unlikely he’ll equal the finisht of the previous edition’s Extreme Sports champion, Valeriu Gutu.  Still, he’s a worthwhile contender.

Moldova MW

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Gym selfie with Romania (R)

PANAMA – Sergio Lopez Gotti.  He now has a more refined, mature image from the steamy Latino beefcake persona he assumed in Mister International 2013.  He made a noteable performance by being the best performer of his team in the golf portion of the Sports challenge.

Panama MW

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2nd place in golf.

ROMANIA – Ion Garaba.  His face has an attractive roughness about it–some people would dig it.  But the main asset this guy is most proud of is his bodybuilder’s physique, and he especially loves showing off his six-pack abs.

Romania MW

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Showcasing his washboard abs after the grueling Extreme Sports challenge

COMING UP:  THE BLUE TEAM

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After the Extreme Sport challenge (from L-R): Moldova, Italy, Panama, Guadeloupe, Brazil, Korea, Malta, Bolivia, Romania, Denmark, and Honduras. Not in picture: China