INDONESIA – Gandhi Fernando. He has an outgoing personality that may make one overlook his rather plain features. He also has an inspirational angle as he was previously overweight but was motivated to compete in his local pageant and hence loss the necessary weight. Will his human interest angle help him secure a Top 20 slot?
IRELAND – Emette Dillon. Some observed that his physique is not as buffed and defined as the majority of the guys competing, but well he also has a very handsome face and those luminous green eyes. I know of girls who don’t care about buffed, ripped frames anyway and would go for real-man’s builds like his.
JAPAN – Jiro Matsumoto. After two years of fielding cosmopolitan men, this year they field a meek boy. His prospects for advancing may depend if there are J-Pop fans among the panel of judges (which I think is doubtful).
KOREA – Park Cheong Woo. His pre-arrival photo features him with a decent short haircut, but somehow for this competition he decided to shave his head. For me it’s a misfire as it made him look like a hot mess.
MALTA – Benoit Bartolo. The Top 20 streak is likely going to be sustained wit this guy as he garnered the Mister Photogenic award. He definitely has the looks worthy of the award and he can make a play for the Top 10.
MEXICO – Alejandro Garcia. After fielding beefy bearded hunks, this year’s representative is a clean-cut dreamboat. Not only that, but he is also of a towering stature and possesses a beefily buffed physique. He can make a play for the Final Five, sustaining a streak started by the inaugural champion, Diego Garcy.
MYANMAR – Ellis Lwin. If this was last year, he would’ve had a more inside track to the Top 20 but the standards for this year is so high that it will be an uphill battle for him to make the cut–unless perhaps if the popular vote would be at play but it seems it’s Indonesia who has the edge here..
NETHERLANDS – Ennio Fafieanie. His handsomeness and beefiness are undeniable and he earned a sponsor’s prize. It might seem he looks Top 10-bound with a possible play for the Final Five, but I’m concerned based on his chit-chat he seems to not be quite the sharpest tool in the shed, so to speak. But then again, intelligence is not really of paramount importance in this pageant so he might still be able to pull it off.
NEW CALEDONIA – Kevin Aubry. He registers as a tad raw and even if there is tone and definition to his physique, he would definitely benefit joining a boot camp conducted by Iris Mittenaere (or her trainer, at least). I also think even more than NETHERLANDS, he doesn’t seem to be quite sharp.
NORWAY – Mathias Duma. I didn’t notice this part-Korean guy at first, but then when he won the Best in Formal Wear award, I started to appreciate his elegant features and it looks like he will be Top Ten bound, woith a possible play for the Final FIve.
PANAMA – Ryan Stone. He’s an outgoing swarthy guy who looks like he has an inside track for a Top 20 slot.
PERU – Andres Vilchez. I was first concerned I would be confusing this guy with PANAMA, but now I can figure out who is who–he has a lighter stubble and some tattoos. He also seems a tad lower key than PANAMA.
PHILIPPINES – Marco Poli. It seems a lock that this guy will bring us our best finish in this pageant thus far–the question would be if it’s a Top 10 finish or he’ll go Final Five. I realize he has more in common with Crazy RIch Asians star Henry Golding than I thought as I do see a lot of spark in his chit chat with Adam Josef. Sure instead of a plummy British accent he has more of a FIlipino-Italian accent, but with his height and charisma he will definitely make serious inroads in local showbiz in te near future.
COMING UP: POLAND to VENEZUELA