MISTER GLOBAL 2017: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 1)

Initially this year’s Mister Global pageant seemed poised to exceed last year’s roster of 30, as initially there were 34 who sent indications of participation.  But Ethiopia (Abel Sahlu), Nepal (Anuj Maskey), United States (Sessle Sarpy) and Zambia (Mweene Kawele Nangdu) were no-shows.  So that leaves us with 30, which isn’t bad as it’s equal to last year’s record, right?

However, as of today, there is a report of a couple of withdrawals and I’ll discuss those withdrawees here:

NETHERLANDS – Boy Franciscus de Leede.  Between the two withdrawals, this guy has a more competitive chance, as he does have physique definition, and some parties may deem him as handsome (especially the Caucasian-leaning Asians in this region) and he also has that behemoth 6’6″ stature.  However, I have a feeling he probably sensed the Thai tastes lean toward tighter, leaner physiques and he could be deemed to be on the chunky side so it probably is the reason he chose tto withdraw.  I wish he could’ve hung on and even if the outcome is stacked against his favor, well what about the tourism and the learning expieriences?

TURKEY – Can Moretti Dalçık.  Here is the guy who could’ve made a Siera Bearchell style statement in this compettition.  He does have a handsome face to garner some appeal.  But despite attempts to camouflage as much as he could, it’s clear he has the least buffed physique in this year’s batch and that may have been the reason why he didn’t show up for the final judging and withdrew.

We have to understand that male pageantry is still in its nascen stages, and obviously appreciation of broader body types has not seeped through here at this point.  Anyway, it does leave us with 28 highly competitive gentlemen vying for the Mister Global title, and there is some variety for many pageant fans to appreciate (albeit there is no black representation this year–admittedly they are not well appreciated in Asian shores…).

BANGLADESH – Naseef Rahman.  He registered as raw in his pre-arrival photo, but in Thailand, he exudes an appealing boyish charisma to accompany his enviable rippled physique.  He’s one of three representatives from Southern Asia (a.k.a. the Indian subcontinent) and I have a feeling there is a chance that all three from this region could make the final cut.

BRAZIL – Pedro Henrique Gicca.  Majority of the time, Brazil sends representatives in male pageants who are complete packages of charisma, handsomeness, buffed physique, and personaliy.  This fellow is no exception and looks poised to outdo his two predecessors’ 3rd runner-up finishes.  He’s one of my top choices to win the title.

CANADA – Rui Teixeira.   With his Asian features with a Portuguese name, I wonder if he has origins in Macau.  He is a solid, competitive contender, but he is overshadowed by outstanding fellows out there.

CHILE – Fabian Esteban Vera Abello.  He possesses a boyish handsomeness that has its share of admirers.  He seems to have an inside track o the Top Ten and a possible usurper for the Top Five.

CHINA – Shi Yuquan.  If the Thai judges appreciate Chinese features, this guy may also have an inside track to the finals as he does have strong appeal with his lean sinewy physique and polished presence.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Tomáš Dvořák.  Just like in Mister International earlier this year, this country fielded the manliest contestant of the bunch.  This guy simply oozes with heavy doses of testosterone, and this means he is a worthy follow-up to the reigning Mister Global, Tomáš Martinka, albei he exudes a different flavor as Mr. Martinka is more in the classically handsome mold.

ENGLAND – Christopher Joseph Bramell.  After stints in Mister World and Manhunt International last year, this fellow decided o give male pageantry another go, and there are fans hyping he can be the next Mister Global.  I’m not that certain especially with the presence of Brazil, India, and South Africa, but that proven polish and charming personality cannot be ignored.  He could garner a strong track record like Belgium’s Gianni Sennesael.

*1  Gianni was 2nd runner-up in Manhunt International 2011, Top Five in Mister World 2012 and 1st runner-up in Men Universe Model.  He also participated in Mister International 2013, but was an upset non-finalist in that contest.

INDIA – Srikant Dwivedi.  He possesses a global movie star charisma and with his formidable 6’4″ stature (with Netherlands gone, he and Tajikistan are the tallest guys in the group)  that could be his ticket for winning over typical Asian favoritism towards Caucasian types.  I wouldn’t peg him as this group’s “beefcake behemoth” as his physique is more the lean, sinewy type instead of beefy like the reigning Mister International Paul Iskandar.  It is conceivable he can pull off a Paul Iskandar-style victory.

INDONESIA – Reynaldi Rifaldo.  In real-world terms he does have a boyish appeal, but he doesn’t quite exude much charisma, so he is arguably the weakest link among he remaining 28 contestants.

IRAQ – Ezzulddin Mohammed Naser.  It’s surprising that this conflict-laden country managed to field an appealing, competitive contender.  He deserves compliments for his scruffy, boyish appeal and can be a sleeper possibility for the Top 15.

JAPAN – Tomomori Matsuo.  See INDONESIA, with a slimmer frame, plainer face, and fairer complexion.  Definitely a far cry from his Mister International counterpart, Masaya Yamagishi, who garnered 1st runner-up.

KAZAKHSTAN – Nursultan Telmanov.  He has appealing Asian features and a lean rippled physique.  He is in highly competitive form and another possible sleeper choice for the semifinals.

KOREA – Sujae Yoo.  He exudes the charisma of a K-Pop or K-Drama star, and I’m bullish about his prospects finishing in the Top Ten.

LATVIA – Wlad Shatrowsky.  He has a low-key classic handsomeness that can make him a possible usurper against the big favorites for the title.  I see him as a Top Ten shoo-in with a possibility of making the Top Five.

COMING UP:  MALAYSIA to VIETNAM plus the “FEARFUL” FORECAST

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