POLAND – Jakub Kucner. He has a 2nd runner-up finish at Mister Global under his belt already and he is reportedly going to Manila next month for Mister World. Though all eyes are on the “giants”, this guy could conceivably be one of the “shorter” ones to make the Final Five.
PUERTO RICO – Jose Alfredo Galarza. He secured a Top 20 slot by winning the Sports Challenge, and he’s definitely a worthy choice, even if I find him a tad rougher than most of his counterparts.
ROMANIA – Emil Popa. Speaking of rough, he looks rouger than his predecessors, so although he has merits I don’t think a Top 20 slot for him would be secure.
RUSSIA – Mikhail Baranov. He’s the oldest contestant here at age 33. He also looks like a hot mess in my reckoning with questionable styling choices. His prospects for advancing would depend on how much they like his singing. We’ve seen hunkier singers like Sergey Lazarev, Dima Bilan, and even Alexei Vorobyov, and this guy doesn’t quite hold a candle to them.
SLOVAK REPUBLIC – Jan Palko. When he’s announced as the representative for this country he sent many people a tizzy with his modeling photos, including some nude shots. His off-the-charts sex appeal continues on and arguably he’s the sexiest guy in this entire batch. He’s also one of the big towers in this year’s batch, and a certain lock for the Final Five, along with…
SPAIN – Fabian Perez. Like his Manhunt counterpart, he’s the tallest of the entire batch. He arguably also exudes more charisma and sex appeal than the eventual Manhunt International winner. But while it was a lock for Vicent Llorach to win Manhunt last Sunday, based on the Adam Josef chit-cat, I’ve noitced that he seemed passive and that could be the obstacle for him pulling off that two-peat for Spain. Still I think he’s a lock for the Final Five.
SRI LANKA – Tymeron Carvalho. For those long-haired Manhunt contestants from Dominican Republic, Thailand, and even Sweden, this is how to exude charisma with long hair. He is a traditional folk dancer and what also intrigues me is he also declared he’s an LGBT activist. Normally I don’t dig long-haired guys, but this is one of those exceptions as his charisma is undeniable.
SURINAME – Angelo Wijngaarde. Last year, somehow his predecessor Arthur Samoedi got away and made the Top 20, this time wit the bevy of hunks around this guy seems to face an uphill battle making an impression.
THAILAND – Kevin Dasom. He has a nice Eurasian handsomeness about him and unlike his predecessor he can speak good English. He looks poised to make the Top 20.
TOGO – Kwassy Adjamah. He won Mister Personality as reportedly he often leaves his colleagues in stitches with his humor. Though it’s unlikely he’ll make the final cut, I’m glad for the presence of characters like this guy.
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO – Suveer Ramsook. This dusky Indian guy has a strong likeable appeal that it is possible he can make the Top 20. Though no-one wore skimpy Speedos this time, this guy is the closest thing we have for the Rico Mallee award as his board shorts tend to show the most thigh amongst the guys..
UNITED STATES – Nicholas Kotselas. Many people, including Adam Josef, refer to this guy as “Clark Kent / Superman”. This talented musician is one of the front-runners for the title. Though I’m leaning towards the two “S” giants from SLOVAK REPUBLIC and SPAIN, he can pull off a victory as he seems to be the most complete package among the three.
VENEZUELA – Jeudiel Condado Griman. Compared to the reigning Mistger Supranational Gabriel Correa, he looks a tad rough. But his charisma and outgoing personality is undeniable so a Top 20 slot seems assured.
With all 39 accounted for, let me trot out my leaderboard:
TOP CONTENDERS: SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SPAIN, UNITED STATES
SHOO-INS: BRAZIL, CZECH REPUBLIC, INDIA, MALTA, MEXICO, NORWAY, PHILIPPINES, POLAND, PUERTO RICO, VENEZUELA
LIKELIEST: BOLIVIA, CANADA, CHINA, COLOMBIA, CURACAO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, NETHERLANDS, PANAMA, ROMANIA, SRI LANKA, THAILAND, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO,
PERSONALITY FACTOR: HAWAII, INDONESIA
EXCELLENT: IRELAND, MYANMAR, PERU
VERY STRONG: ARGENTINA, KOREA, NEW CALEDONIA, SURINAME,
STRONG: FRANCE, JAPAN, RUSSIA, TOGO
Now, it’s time for my “Fearful” Forecast.
TOP FIVE: INDIA, PHILIPPINES, SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SPAIN, UNITED STATES
TOP TEN: BRAZIL, MALTA, MEXICO, NORWAY, POLAND
TOP 20: COLOMBIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, CURACAO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, NETHERLANDS, PANAMA, PUERTO RICO, SRI LANKA, VENEZUELA
BUBBLING UNDER: BOLIVIA, CANADA, CHINA, ROMANIA, THAILAND, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
STRIKING DISTANCE: HAWAII, INDONESIA, IRELAND, KOREA, MYANMAR, PERU
In my reckoning, it’s a three-way race for the title among SLOVAK REPUBLIC, SPAIN, and UNITED STATES. The battle for the remaining Final Five slots is similarly fierce as seven guys have what it takes to take those two slots. An exciting competition awaits. Good luck to all the guys!