MISS WORLD 2019: AT THE HOMESTRETCH (CONCLUSION)

Now all 111 contenders are accounted for, let me trot out my Leaderboard:

TOP CONTENDERS:  FRANCE, INDIA, NIGERIA, VENEZUELA

POSSIBLE USURPERS:  NEPAL, PHILIPPINES, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

SHOO-INS:  BELARUS, BRAZIL, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, CHINA P R, GUYANA, INDONESIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, MOLDOVA, MONGOLIA, PARAGUAY, RUSSIA, UGANDA, VIETNAM

BWAP FACTOR:  MALAYSIA, TUNISIA

LIKELIEST:  AUSTRALIA, BANGLADESH, BOLIVIA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, COOK ISLANDS, COSTA RICA, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ENGLAND, FINLAND, GEORGIA, HONG KONG CHINA, HUNGARY, IRELAND, JAPAN, KAZAKHSTAN, KENYA, KOREA, MACAU CHINA, MYANMAR, NEW ZEALAND, NICARAGUA, NORTHERN IRELAND, PORTUGAL, PUERTO RICO, SLOVAKIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN, SPAIN, THAILAND, TURKEY, UKRAINE, UNITED STATES, WALES

EXOTIC FACTOR:  ANTIGUA & BARBUDA, BARBADOS, GHANA

EXCELLENT:  ARGENTINA, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, CANADA, CROATIA, ECUADOR, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, GIBRALTAR, GUADELOUPE, GUINEA-BISSAU HAITI, ICELAND, ITALY, LAOS, NETHERLANDS, PANAMA, POLAND, RWANDA, SCOTLAND, SIERRA LEONE, TANZANIA, U S VIRGIN ISLANDS,

VERY STRONG:  ANGOLA, BELGIUM, CURACAO, MALTA, MAURITIUS, MONTENEGRO, PERU, SENEGAL, SINGAPORE, SLOVENIA

STRONG:  ALBANIA, BAHAMAS, BULGARIA, EL SALVADOR, GUATEMALA, KYRGYZSTAN, LUXEMBOURG, SWEDEN

VERY GOOD:  ARUBA, BOTSWANA, CAYMAN ISLANDS, ETHIOPIA, GREECE, SAMOA, SRI LANKA

GOOD:  CAMBODIA

Now, my “FEARFUL” FORECAST:

TOP FIVE:  FRANCE, INDIA, NIGERIA, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO, VENEZUELA

TOP 12:  INDONESIA, JAMAICA, MEXICO, MOLDOVA, PHILIPPINES, UGANDA, VIETNAM

TOP 40:  BANGLADESH, BELARUS, BRAZIL, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, CHINA P R, COOK ISLANDS, CZECH REPUBLIC, ENGLAND, GEORGIA, GUYANA, HUNGARY, IRELAND, JAPAN, KAZAKHSTAN, KENYA, KOREA, MALAYSIA, MONGOLIA, NEPAL, PARAGUAY, PUERTO RICO, RUSSIA, SLOVAKIA, SOUTH SUDAN, THAILAND, TUNISIA, UNITED STATES, WALES

BUBBLING UNDER:  AUSTRALIA, BOLIVIA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, CZECH REPUBLIC, DENMARK, FINLAND, HONG KONG CHINA, MACAU CHINA, MYANMAR, NEW ZEALAND, NICARAGUA, NORTHERN IRELAND, PORTUGAL, SOUTH AFRICA, SPAIN, TURKEY, UKRAINE

STRIKING DISTANCE:  ARGENTINA, ANTIGUA & BARBUDA, BARBADOS, BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA, CANADA, CROATIA, ECUADOR, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, GHANA, GIBRALTAR, GUADELOUPE, GUINEA-BISSAU, HAITI, ICELAND, ITALY, LAOS, NETHERLANDS, PANAMA, POLAND, RWANDA, SCOTLAND, SIERRA LEONE, TANZANIA, U S VIRGIN ISLANDS,

It looks like a race to the top for FRANCE (Ophely Mezino), INDIA (Suman Rao), and NIGERIA (Nyekachi Douglas).  All of them can make an indelible stamp in pageant history.  Who will the powers that be bestow this year?

JUST ME!

JOSEPH

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