AUSTRIA – Kimberly Budinsky. She’s attractive, but we’ve seen better representatives from her country before. Anyway, she may garner a sympathy vote because of an incident involving a careless remark by a fellow delegate that has gone viral
CANADA – Tamara Jemuovic. She’s a very articulate lady with strong commitment to the cause. She’s also good looking, but well, normally the Miss Earth judges tend to have a bias against blondes. But if they allow room for a few, she can make inroads.
CHINA – Xiaohan Gang. She seems polished, but not that conventionally pretty. Still she can deliver a creditable performance.
CZECH REPUBLIC – Kristýna Kubíčková. She is not as drop-dead gorgeous as predecessors such as Miss Earth 2012 Tereza Fajksova but she’s still great looking. We’ll see if there’ll be room for blondes like her and Canada. She garnered a silver for talent.
ECUADOR – Katherine Espín. She seems to be the prohjibitive favorite to win it all, considering she garnered the most medals with five, gold for Darling of the Press, Long Gown, and Resorts Wear, plus silver in Swimsuit and bronze in National Costume. She does impress in her Eco-Beauty video that she can join the footsteps of the 2011 winner Olga Alava.
GUATEMALA -Stephanie Sical. She has interesting facial bone strucutre. She is a worthwhile contender.
HAITI – Valierie Alcide. She’s attractive, but doesn’t seem to generate buzz or impact. At least she got the consolation of garnering bronze in talent.
INDONESIA – Luisa Andrea Soemitha. This country has made a major splash recently with a win in Miss Grand International and 2nd runner-up in Miss International. She’s attractive, but I don’t know if she’ll sustain the big streak. It is possible, though. She garnered bronze in national costume.
ISRAEL -Mira Kahli. She’s attractive, but needs more sparkle in the charisma department.
KENYA – Grace Wanene. Most pageant fans and pundits felt she’s the African-most-likely as she is considered the prettiest among the Africans this year. I agree, but she has not garnered any medal. I won’t count her out because of that since medals don’t really carry that much weight anyway.
KOREA – Chae-Yeung Lee. She’s good looking and tirm, but we have seen other Koreans whith charisma and spark before, and she falls a bit short on those.
MONGOLIA – Enkhbor Azbileg. This country has been on a hot streak since 2014, with a Top Eight finish that year, and making the Top 16 in 2015 (though many pageant fans and pundits–including myself) felt that one should’ve gone all the way to the Top Eight and maybe even win it all. Her contortionist talent was unique and sensational enough that she earned gold for talent.
NETHERLANDS – Deborah van Hemert. She has an exotic, Asian vibe about her. She’s good looking but not as impactful as other contenders out there. Still she’s worthwhile.
COMING UP: 2ND HALF of GROUP 3 from PANAMA to WALES, plus the “FEARFUL” FORECAST