NETHERLANDS – Rodrigo Mallee. The special award accorded to him, Best Stage TV Movie Model, is a very apt award as he has aspirations for an entertainment career. Too bad we could only see him in regulation Ricky Abad swimwear, as I miss seeing him in skimpy Speedos in his stint at last year’s Mister Supranational. Anyway, he has a good shot of making the semifinals.
NEW ZEALAND – Said Constantine. For those who like the mature, beefy bodybuilder types, this is your guy. Too bad his type is not that appreciated in this contest–with a glaring exception for the guy representing Mongolia back in 2011.
PHILIPPINES – Daniel Azurin. Many pageant fans and pundits rejoiced when it was announced that renowned queen-maker Jonas Gaffud now holds the Philippine franchise for this pageant. Many are salivating at the prospect that we can repeat June Macasaet‘s victory very soon with him at the helm. But what about his choice for this year’s pageant, does he meet that lofty standard? To be blunt, he falls short, but he has undeniable merits that would at least allow us to secure a semfinalist finish. His face is what I would describe as native-handsome, but so far he doesn’t quite generate much charisma with it. His buffed body, though, tells a different story, as it is roaring loudly. Swimwear sponsor Ricky Abad decided to go the patriotic route and give him the Ricky Abad sponsor’s award.
POLAND – Piotr Zyjewski. He’s classically handsome and has a defined physique, albeit on the lean side. He won a 2nd runner-up prize from Gentle People Thailand, a pageant organizer. I’m bullish of his prospects for a semifinalist finish.
PUERTO RICO – Jose Valdes. He’s the sole black representative in this year’s pageant, and he’s likely to go far as he has the charisma, buffed physique and sex appeal prized in this pageant. He garnered a special award for Gold Haute Couture, and based on the awarding there was a modeling picture of him as part of the prize.
SINGAPORE – Muhammad Hassanal Bin Ruslan. He’s the last to arrive in Thailand. He has a superbly buffed physique and a native Malay appeal similar to PHILIPPINES. Now it would pose an interesting question–if there isn’t room for both Philippines and Singapore to make the cut, which would they prioritize, a handsomer face, or a beefier buffed physique? Anyway e won a sponsor’s prize from Gentle People Thailand, 1st runner-up honors for their special award.
SOUTH AFRICA – Dylan van Niekerk. His geeky face does have its cute appeal, but his best ticket to make inroads is his buffed physique. Would his physique be enough to make the judges forget is Howdy Doody face?
SRI LANKA – Mohamed Wazeem Cammar. He does ooze with sex appeal and he loves teasingly pulling down his RIcky Abad swimming trunks to reveal a bit more skin. He’s not conventionally handsome, but he looks like he has an inside track to the semifinals. He won a special award from sponsor Siam House Village.
SWEDEN – Pedram Tahmi-Masoleh. Based from his name I think he’s actually of Persian descent, which explains his swarthy appeal. Global Beauties reportedly polled five former female beauty queens, and they felt this guy is the most appealing of the bunch, and hence he’s granted a Global Beauties special award. He does seem to have an inside track to make the final cut. I wonder why he missed the national costume photo shoot? Was his luggage containing a replica of the Swedish soccer team uniform missing during that shoot that it only became available for the pre-judging round?
THAILAND – Kongnat Choeisuwan. There are some casual photos where his charisma seems turned off, but when it’s on, he sparkles. It is highly possible he’ll get a ticket to the Top Five. There is also this interesting swimsuit photo shot by Gentle People Thailand, as in that shot, he seems to be aiming for the Dino Nicolina Award. He won a special award for Best Performance–don’t know what merits that award, but his prospects of making the Top Five seems more assured as the previous winner of this award was Angola’s Mauricio Eusebio, who eventually ended up 3rd runner-up.
TURKEY – Uygar Taze. He’s another relative latecomer with SINGAPORE. He possesses a scruffy handsomeness that may have garnered him that Best Prince special award (a weird award I know–is this for regal bearing?). If they think his slender frame is buffed enough, he can make the final cut.
VIETNAM – Truong Ngoc Tinh. I don’t find him handsome, but the Thais find him so appealing he got a special award for Face of the Year. I probably would’ve given that award to Lebanon or even Nepal, but well, the Thais are entitled to their own opinion. He does have a buffed physique so combined with Thai favoritism he might be setting his sights for the Top FIve.
With all 37 contestants accounted for, as is customary I shall trot out my Leaderboard, as follows:
TOP CONTENDERS: GREECE, LEBANON, THAILAND
SHOO-INS: COSTA RICA, NEPAL, VIETNAM
LIKELIEST: AUSTRALIA, BRAZIL, FERNANDO DE NORONHA, GUAM, HONG KONG, INDONESIA, NETHERLANDS, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, PUERTO RICO, SINGAPORE, SRI LANKA, SWEDEN, TURKEY
EXCELLENT: BULGARIA, EGYPT, KOREA, MACAU, MACEDONIA, MONGOLIA, SOUTH AFRICA
VERY STRONG: CHINA, FRANCE, INDIA, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, NEW ZEALAND
STRONG: CHINESE-TAIPEI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, GERMANY, LAOS,
And now, my “Fearful” Forecast:
TOP FIVE: COSTA RICA, GREECE, THAILAND, VIETNAM
TOP 15: AUSTRALIA, FERNANDO DE NORONHA, HONG KONG, INDONESIA, NEPAL, NETHERLANDS, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, PUERTO RICO, SRI LANKA, SWEDEN
BUBBLING UNDER: BRAZIL, GUAM, SINGAPORE, TURKEY
STRIKING DISTANCE: BULGARIA, EGYPT, KOREA, MACAU, MACEDONIA, MONGOLIA, SOUTH AFRICA.
I think it’s almost a lock for LEBANON to win this pageant, though there is a 5-10% chance that THAILAND may pull off an upset. Let’s see how this all unfolds tonight.