MYANMAR – Htoo Ant Lwin. He is surprisingly hunky and though he has some unflattering angles, there are angles where he exudes a handsome charisma. And he possesses one of the buffest bods of this group. If you ask me he deserves a slot in the Top Ten.
NETHERLANDS – Ferdi Çağlayan. His name belies that he is of Turkish origin Isurname is pronounced Chah-layan). The key to unlocking his appeal is to tame his unruly mop of a hairdo, which he does in formal wear and interview segments. He could make the cut if he keeps his hair tamed.
NEW CALEDONIA – Bruno Charley Gislain. He’s good looking but a tad less polished than most, so it will be an uphill battle for him to make Top 20.
PAKISTAN – Raffay Khan. He’s surprisingly polished with a handsome face and buffed bod, and arguably he’s overshadowing Hamid Noor. Would there be enough slots in the Top 20 for him and Hamid?
PANAMA – Alan Valdés. He’s one of three black guys competing in this edition, and he’s the one most likely to advance as he has polish, buffness, charisma, and strong interview skills. He can duplicate his predecessor Michael Piggott‘s Top Ten finish.
PERU – Franklin Joel Balarezo. His very brown, native features are not to everyone’s taste, but he is polished and buffed enough to make a positive impression.
PHILIPPINES – Yves Campos. Okay, he has a cute face and solid communication skills. But his physique glaringly has little to no muscle definition unlike his other peers. His best chances for advancing is winning the popular vote, but so far from the various official popularity polls conducted it’s INDONESIA that’s winning these. Can we Filipino fans make a strong rally, or are the Indonesian fans simply too formidable and unstoppable?
POLAND – Jan Dratwicki. He will get vindication for his non-placement at Mister International earlier this year. You cannot deny this kind of handsomeness, buffness, and charisma.
PUERTO RICO – Alexander Rivera. Now, here’s one of the front-runners of this pageant. His charisma and overall appeal is just too high that seeing him outside of the Top Five would be a big injustice.
ROMANIA – Mihai Pintilie. This beefy, handsome lad is for me better than his predecessor, Catalin Brinza, who finished 4th runner-up last year. But equaling Catalin’s showing is probably going to be a challenge, albeit still possible.
SLOVAKIA – Michal Gajdošech. He already made a major splash four years ago competing in Mister International in Indonesia. He officially placed seventh, just missing out of the Top Six. Back then he was clean-shaven and renowned for his luscious lips. Now that he grew some facial scruff, those lips were no longer that prominent but he still makes a strong impression and likely to duplicate or even exceed his previous Top Ten finish. He was reported to supposedly also compete in this year’s Manhunt International, but he chose this pageant instead. With the quality of that batch, he could’ve easily gone Top Five there, but deciding to compete here is still a great call, especially since his country hosted many preliminary activities for this pageant.
I find it interesting how in the distaff side, this country is identified by its more formal name of “Slovak Republic”, while here it’s identified by its shorter name, “Slovakia”. Shouldn’t it be the other way around since “Slovakia” sounds feminine?
SPAIN – Alejandro Cifo. This strapping tall guy is one of the big favorites to win this contest. Besides his stunning height, he possesses a perfect handsomeness and buffness. Extra points that even if during the preliminary swimwear competition they were all in regulation sponsored board shorts, for more informal occasions where the guys are free to wear any swimsuit handy, he wore the shorts that bare the most thigh–albeit it’s more modest than the tiny Speedos the Netherlands’ Rico Mallee wore last year, he’s the winner of this year’s skimpy swimwear award which I will name henceforth in Rico Mallee’s honor.
SRI LANKA – Jason ‘Pathum’ Subasinghe. He’s cute, but his body is less-than-buffed, and he lacks polish.
SURINAME – Arthur Da Nobrega Semoedi. He’s more polished than his dud of a predecessor, but still he’s unlikely to make serious inroads into the Top 20.
THAILAND – Aratch Wittayakorn. To my eyes he’s the handsomest Asian in this year’s group, exuding a cosmopolitan flair with his seemingly Eurasian features. But surprisingly his command of English is very weak, to the point that he needs to relay his thoughts via mobile phone and run a translation app (since no Thai interpreter is available). Will the judges be able to overlook the language barrier and send him through, or will he be the recipient of the Lucas Malvacini Award?
UNITED STATES – Cody Ondrick. This guy has a mixture of handsomeness and pluck and those qualities are likely to serve him well here and make the Top 20 with a possible play for the Top Ten and beyond.
VENEZUELA – Gabriel José Correa. This fellow has drop-dead gorgeous handsomeness, a superbly sculpted body, a cosmopolitan gentlemanly sophistication, and an intriguingly strong charitable background that he looks like the man to beat in this year’s contest. Yes, SPAIN and PUERTO RICO are nipping at his heels, but unless he stumbled somewhere, he’s most likely the chosen one.
As is customary I shall trout out my leadeerboard and here’s how I think the 34 contestants stand:
TOP CONTENDERS: PUERTO RICO, SPAIN, VENEZUELA
SHOO-INS: BELARUS, BRAZIL, INDIA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, MEXICO, PANAMA, POLAND, SLOVAKIA
LIKELIEST: AFGHANISTAN, CHILE, CHINA, CZECH REPUBLIC, GERMANY, MALTA, MYANMAR, NETHERLANDS, PAKISTAN, ROMANIA, THAILAND, UNITED STATES
POPULAR VOTE FACTOR: PHILIPPINES
INTERVIEW/ALTERNA-HUNK FACTOR: GIBRALTAR
VERY STRONG: BOLIVIA, JAMAICA, NEW CALEDONIA, PERU, SRI LANKA
STRONG: ETHIOPIA, SURINAME
Here now is my “Fearful” Forecast:
TOP FIVE: BRAZIL, PUERTO RICO, SLOVAKIA, SPAIN
TOP TEN: INDONESIA, JAPAN, MEXICO, PANAMA, POLAND
TOP 20: BELARUS, CHILE, CZECH REPUBLIC, GERMANY, INDIA, MALTA, MYANMAR, PAKISTAN, ROMANIA, UNITED STATES
BUBBLING UNDER: AFGHANISTAN, CHINA, NETHERLANDS, THAILAND
STRIKING DISTANCE: CANADA, GIBRALTAR, PHILIPPINES
Though I envision the title to be a battle amongst three Spanish-speaking gentlemen, I have to salute the Asian contingent for proving once and for all that Asian men can be desirable and can compete head-to-head with the handsomest fellows out there.