GERMANY – Selina Kriechbaum. She’s a pretty blonde who has not figured in any of the challenge events. Despite that,she should be considered a worthwhile contender.
GHANA – Antoinette Delali Kemavor. Her achievement of note is with BWAP–though it wasn’t among the 24 initially screened, it was among the 37 being deliberated upon.
GIBRALTAR – Kayley Mifsud. She’s relatively plain, but at least she made the cut in Sports as part of the Red Team.
GUADELOUPE – Magalie Adelson. Her BWAP video for helping the elderly was among the 24 screened and of course, among the 37 deliberated. It could be her ticket to make inroads into the Top 20.
GUAM – Phoebe Denight Palisoc. Along with Philippines and United States, this lady is of Filipino descent. She’s a worthwhile contender in my book, though she seems overshadowed and has not figured in any challenge event.
GUATEMALA – Melanie Jeanett Espina Luna. She may not be conventionally pretty but she seems to be an intelligent, articulate law student. Would that be enough to give her an edge in interviews?
GUINEA – Safiatou Baldé. She’s actually good looking, but has not made a splash in any challenge event, plus no-one featured her in a designer gown or in the Top Model event. The epitome of “overlooked”.
GUINEA-BISSAU – Sandra Marisa Araújo Monteiro. At least this lady made a splash with her ebony complexion (overshadowing South Sudan, which usually holds the monopoly on this)
GUYANA – Nuriyyih Gerrard. Her exotic features are not to every one’s tastes though I know there are some who would dig it. Unlike in recent editions, unfortunately her prospects for advancing (and making Top Ten) is getting very slim as she didn’t make the cut in Talent or BWAP (some recent strangleholds for this country in recent editions).
HAITI – Suzana Sampeur. Her close-cropped haircut was a standout just like Cayman Islands, but she also has a pretty face and a radiant smile that gave her a big edge that could contribute to a high interview score, along with her BWAP project being among the 37 deliberated upon.
HONDURAS – Kerelyne Campigotti Webster. This dusky Afro-Latina has an elegant vibe about her that makes a great impression. She also has the Sports challenge placement (for the Blue Team) that is a highlight of her stint in this pageant.
HUNGARY – Tímea Gelencsér. This lady is one of the major favorites, and she made big splashes in the challenge events–she is 3rd place in Talent with her acrobatic dance interpretation of Ike & Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary” (with white fringe costume to boot), was shortlisted in Sports (for the Blue Team). On top of that, her BWAP project involving equestrian therapy was among the 24 screened and 37 deliberated upon. She seems poised for a Top Five finish, at least.
ICELAND – Anna Lára Orlowska. Her surname is Slavic, not Icelandic (you know, ending with “-dottir”), as she’s the daughter of a Polish mother (and an Icelandic father). She’s down-to-earth, but not really reflective of Iceland’s “babeland” reputation.
INDIA – Priyadarshini Chatterjee. This country has had its ups and downs in this pageant recently, with last year’s representative not making the Top 20 even after challenge scores are factored in. I think this lady will provide an upside and make the final cut, as she has the intelligence and good looks, along with a Top 21 shortlist in Talent (for her traditional Indian dance) and a Top Five citation for her BWAP project (this, despite not being among the 24 that was initially screened).
INDONESIA – Natasha Mannuela. I know for most pageant fans and pundits, her features are not much to look at, but she is still one to reckon with considering she placed second in Top Model, third in Multimedia, and her BWAP project, “Dreams Beyond the Dumpsite” (helping garbage scavengers) is one of the Top Five projects. If her national director Liliana Tanoesoebidjo is among the judging panel like last year, it’s possible she can equal or exceed her predecessor’s 2nd runner-up finish.
IRELAND – Niamh Kennedy. Irish pronunciation lesson: her name is pronounced “Neev” or “Nyev”, like Scream actress Neve Campbell. She’s notable for being Miss Philippines‘ roommate (due to similar Gaelic roots) and for her BWAP project helping out Alzheimer’s patients. Could be a possible Top 20 contender.
ISRAEL – Karin Alia. This lady has great looks that it’s such a shame she doesn’t generate much buzz or figured in the challenge events. Hopefully, she scores well in interview or else she’s another prime candidate for the Holly Carpenter Award.
ITALY – Giada Tropea. See ISRAEL. Take note though that she has a photo posing with three Miss Worlds.
JAMAICA – Ashlie Victoria White Barrett. Most pageant fans and pundits may regard her face as amongst the plainest, but she might still score high in interview with her strong communication skills and her story of overcoming a major childhood illness. But she has not officially figured in any challenge event–but then again, I was impressed with a shot of her taken at the Top Model event as she exudes a dignified elegance, so she might have scored high there.
JAPAN – Priyanka Yoshikawa. She’s a pretty girl with a human interest story considering she is half-Indian on her mother’s side (and remember that Japanese society preferred to be homogenous). It looks like this is as far as she will go as she has not figured in any challenge event, even if she’s a worthwhile contender.
COMING UP: KAZAKHSTAN to NICARAGUA