MISS EARTH 2017: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

The last two standing? Thailand (Paweensuda Drouin) and Venezuela (Ninoska Vasquez) (image courtesy of Noli Berioso for OPMB Worldwide).

Now that all 86 delegates are accounted for, let me trot out my leaderboard:

TOP CONTENDERS:  THAILAND, VENEZUELA, PUERTO RICO

SHOO-INS:  ECUADOR, NETHERLANDS, PERU, PHILIPPINES, RUSSIA, USA, VIETNAM

LIKELIEST:  AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, KOREA, PANAMA, WALES, ANGOLA, CAMEROON, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ENGLAND, JAPAN, MOLDOVA, NIGERIA, SPAIN, CYPRUS, MEXICO, NORTHERN IRELAND, SERBIA, SWITZERLAND

INTERVIEW FACTOR:  INDONESIA, MONGOLIA, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, CHINA, INDIA

SASH FACTOR:  BRAZIL

EXCELLENT:  GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, PARAGUAY, POLAND, UGANDA, CANADA, CHILE, HUNGARY, ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, MALTA, TONGA

VERY STRONG:  CRIMEA, GHANA, SWEDEN, BELARUS, LEBANON, MAURITIUS, PAKISTAN, BAHAMAS, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, CROATIA, GUADELOUPE, ITALY, PORTUGAL, RWANDA, SRI LANKA, UKRAINE, ZAMBIA

STRONG:  DENMARK, ETHIOPIA, ISRAEL, NEW ZEALAND, SIERRA LEONE, BELGIUM, BELIZE, CHINESE TAIPEI, FRANCE, KYRGYZSTAN, MYANMAR, NEPAL, SAMOA, SLOVENIA, CAMBODIA, COOK ISLANDS, HAITI, MALAYSIA, REUNION ISLAND

GOOD:  SINGAPORE

So here now is my “Fearful” Forecast:

TOP FOUR:  THAILAND, VENEZUELA, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO

TOP EIGHT:  ECUADOR, PERU, RUSSIA, VIETNAM

TOP 16:  AUSTRALIA, KOREA, NETHERLANDS, PANAMA, ANGOLA, COLOMBIA, SWITZERLAND, USA

BUBBLING UNDER:  AUSTRIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, WALES, CAMEROON, COSTA RICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ENGLAND, JAPAN, MOLDOVA, NIGERIA, SPAIN, CYPRUS, MEXICO, NORTHERN IRELAND, SERBIA

STRIKING DISTANCE:  GUATEMALA, HONDURAS, INDONESIA, MONGOLIA, PARAGUAY, POLAND, UGANDA, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, CANADA, CHILE, HUNGARY, ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, CHINA, INDIA, MALTA, TONGA

I maintain the Miss Earth crown is likely going to be between Thailand (Paweensuda Drouin) and Venezuela (Ninoska Vasquez), with Thailand seeming to have the upper hand and indication pointing this is her crown to lose.  Eight other ladies are battling for the other elements, though Puerto Rico (Karla Victoria Aponte) seems to have an upper hand in securing an element at this point.  Last year it was an all-Latino elemental court, but this year it looks like the Asians are gaining momentum over the Latinas.  What will the mix look like this year?  I can’t wait with bated breath.

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

Which of these will get the remaining elements? Top, from L-R: Puerto Rico (Karla Victoria Aponte), Philippines (Karen Ibasco), Ecuador (Lessie Giler Sanchez), Netherlands (Faith Landman). Bottom, from L-R: Peru (Karen Rojas), Russia (Lada Akimova), USA (Andreia Gibau), and Vietnam (Lê Thị Hà Thu) (images courtesy of Noli Berioso for OPMB Worldwide)

 

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