MISTER SUPRANATIONAL 2018: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 2)

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

MISTER SUPRANATIONAL 2018: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (PART 1)

This year’s Mister Supranational is bigger and arguably better than the two previous editions.  Bigger as it attracted a record 39 contestants, and better because this year’s batch has exceeded the high standards already set by thge previous two editions.  Like in Miss Supranational, we are also treated with a generous amount of multimedia content that is easy to track and follow.  I especially love the chit-chat conducted (mostly) by Adam Josef, the guy who carried the Trinidad & Tobago banner in the inaugural edition–he’s like Frankie Cena’s counterpart, albeit Adam handles things is a loosey-gooesy hosting style that is characteristic of Slavic hosts and with a clear bro-dude vibe.  Anyway, without further ado, here’s my assessment of the 39 finest specimens of the male species this year…

ARGENTINA – Jorge Piantelli.  He has a cute boyish vibe, but with the awesome onslaught of beefier standouts, he gets overshadowed.

BOLIVIA – Ariel J. Molina Mier.  His key hook is his intellect as he’s a lawyer.  Will that help him garner a Top 20 slot?

BRAZIL – Samuel Costa.  He is undeniably a beefy, charismatic hunk.  However, securing a Top Five finish is far from assured with the caliber of this year’s contestants, but it’s still a conceivable scenario.

CANADA – Aaron Mangat.  Finally this country fielded a well-built high caliber contestant.  Though others seem to be sparkling more, he still looks like a viable option for the Top 20.

CHINA – Cheng Long.  He’s a high-caliber specimen of Asian manhood, but I wonder if his lack of facility in English would hinder his chances of advancing?

COLOMBIA – Andres Mejia Vallejo.  After looking at the pictures of the sashing ceremony, it turns out he’s one of the shortest guys in the group.  But the combination of his outgoing personality combined with an undeniable handsomeness and a buffed frame helps him compensate for his lack of stature.  He’s this pageant’s equivalent of the “Little Cutie That Could”.

CURACAO – Quinton Martina.  He’s a beefy good looking black man.  He could’ve been designated the “black=man-most-likely” but the late arrival of EQUATORIAL GUINEA may have wrested that designation from him.

CZECH REPUBLIC – Jakub Kochta. This handsome blond seems to have all boxes checked, except for one–it turns out he’s one of the shorter guys in this year’s batch.  Albeit taller than COLOMBIA, the preponderance of taller jaw-dropping standouts may dampen his prospects of going far into the Top 10.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Daniel Sichender.  Buzz is relatively muted for this guy but he has all the qualities to pull off a sleeper surprise.

EQUATORIAL GUINEA – Jesus Dikuasa.  He missed out on the videos published by Missosology as they filmed the footage during the first few days of their stay.  But he exudes an Idris Elba type of charisma with his undeniably beefy physique and as such he is now seen as the “black-guy-most-likely” in lieu of CURACAO, unless they decided to make room for them both.

FRANCE – Francois Xavier Herard.  Coming from the overseas department of Martinique, with the absence of any representation from any other French department, he is indeed the default representative for France.  Now, like in his stint in Mister Global, although his frame can be considered fitter than the everyday guy, the lack of tone or definition made him a cellar dweller in a very stellar batch.  It also makes me think–Miss Universe 2016 Iris Mittenaer has a buffer frame than this guy.  Should he join a boot camp conducted by Iris?

HAWAII – Jona Kamoku.  He has great merits like a buffed physique, but obviously he’s drowned out by the plethora of beefier, more charismatic guys around.

INDIA – Prathamesh Maulingkar.  He won the Mister Physique prize and he exudes the charisma of a Bollywood superstar.  His prospects making the Final Five looks strong.

COMING UP:  INDONESIA to PHILIPPINES

 

MISS WORLD 2018: “FEARFUL” FORECAST

Due to time constraints and the difficulty of curating material to generate a full-fledged homestretch review, I’ll have to convert it into a contestants’ review after the pageant, that I’ll post about a week or two after Miss Universe.  There is actually so much to say.  So instead, I’ll post this leaderboard instead:

TOP CONTENDERS:  CHILE, CHINA, FRANCE, MEXICO,

SHOO-INS: BANGLADESH, INDIA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, MALAYSIA, MAURITIUS, NEPAL, NEW ZEALAND, SINGAPORE, THAILAND, UGANDA, UNITED STATES, VENEZUELA, VIETNAM

NEAR SHOO-INS:  BRAZIL, ENGLAND, JAMAICA, KENYA, PUERTO RICO, SOUTH AFRICA, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

LIKELIEST:  ARGENTINA, ARUBA, AUSTRALIA, BELARUS, BELGIUM, BOLIVIA, BULGARIA, CAYMAN ISLANDS, COLOMBIA, COOK ISLANDS, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, GERMANY, GUADELOUPE, GUAM, GUYANA, HONG KONG CHINA, HUNGARY, ITALY, KAZAKHSTAN, KOREA, LATVIA, MOLDOVA, MONGOLIA, MYANMAR, NIGERIA, NORTHERN IRELAND, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, PERU, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, PORTUGAL, RUSSIA, RWANDA, SENEGAL, SIERRA LEONE, SLOVENIA, SOUTH SUDAN, SPAIN, TANZANIA

INTELLIGENCE FACTOR:  BARBADOS, BOTSWANA, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, GHANA, GUATEMALA, HAITI, HONDURAS, LESOTHO, ZAMBIA

HUMAN INTEREST FACTOR:  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, CANADA, LEBANON, SCOTLAND

EXCELLENT: ANGOLA, ARMENIA, AUSTRIA, BAHAMAS, DENMARK, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ETHIOPIA, GEORGIA, GREECE, GUINEA-BISSAU, IRELAND, MALTA, NICARAGUA, SERBIA, SRI LANKA, TURKEY, UKRAINE, ZIMBABWE

VERY STRONG: ALBANIA, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, CROATIA, CURACAO, EGYPT, FINLAND, GIBRALTAR  ICELAND, LAOS, LUXEMBOURG, MONTENEGRO, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, SLOVAKIA, WALES

STRONG:  BELIZE, CAMEROON, CYPRUS, CZECH REPUBLIC, MADAGASCAR, MARTINIQUE,

VERY GOOD:

GOOD:

Now, my “Fearful” Forecast:

‘FEARFUL” FORECAST:

FINAL FIVE:  CHILE, CHINA, FRANCE, MEXICO, NEW ZEALAND

TOP 10: ENGLAND, INDIA, JAPAN,KENYA, NEPAL

TOP 15:  COOK ISLANDS, INDONESIA, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, UGANDA, UNITED STATES

TOP 30:  BANGLADESH, BRAZIL, JAMAICA, KOREA, MALAYSIA, MAURITIUS, PANAMA, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, RUSSIA, SINGAPORE, SOUTH AFRICA, THAILAND, VENEZUELA, VIETNAM

BUBBLING UNDER:  ARGENTINA, ARUBA, AUSTRALIA, BELARUS, BELGIUM, BOLIVIA, BULGARIA, CAYMAN ISLANDS, COLOMBIA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, GERMANY, GUADELOUPE, GUAM, GUYANA, HONG KONG CHINA, HUNGARY, ITALY, KAZAKHSTAN, LATVIA, MOLDOVA, MONGOLIA, MYANMAR, NIGERIA, NORTHERN IRELAND, PARAGUAY, PERU, POLAND, PORTUGAL, RWANDA, SENEGAL, SIERRA LEONE, SLOVENIA, SOUTH SUDAN, SPAIN, TANZANIA

STRIKING DISTANCE: ANGOLA, ARMENIA, AUSTRIA, BAHAMAS, BARBADOS, BOTSWANA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, CANADA, DENMARK, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, ETHIOPIA, GEORGIA, GHANA, GREECE, GUATEMALA, GUINEA-BISSAU, HAITI, HONDURAS, IRELAND, LEBANON, LESOTHO, MALTA, NICARAGUA, SCOTLAND, SERBIA, SRI LANKA, TURKEY, UKRAINE, ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE

It looks like the blue crown might be a race between CHINA (Mao Peirui), FRANCE (Maeva Coucke) or MEXICO (Vanessa Ponce de Leon).  But wild-card surprises may spring from CHILE (Anahi Hernandez), JAPAN (Kanako Date), and NEW ZEALAND (Jessica Elizabeth Tyson).  Let’s see how it all goes down tonight.

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

Front-runners: CHINA (Mao Peirui), FRANCE (Maeva Coucke) and MEXICO (Vanessa Ponce de Leon)
Wildcards: CHILE (Anahi Hernandez), JAPAN (Kanako Date) and NEW ZEALAND (Jessica Tyson)