SLOVAKIA – Tomáš Kucuk. He’s not as stunning as his predecessor, but e’s still handsome, and he has good communication skills. He looks like a Top 20 shoo-in with a play for the Top 10.
SOUTH AFRICA – Rushil Jina. He has a scruffy cuteness, but his main aces are his communication skills and outgoing personality.But would that be enough for him to make the cut?
SPAIN – Manuel Quesada With his saucy flamenco dance, he won the special award for Talent. In real-world terms, he could be considered as handsome but we’ve seen more gorgeous men coming from this country–for instance,
Enrique Cavill Daniel Torres–oh, I miss that guy so much, and am wondering what if he were sent to this pageant instead.
SURINAME – Artly Voorburg. He could be a surprise in the Top 20 as he has a bright outgoing personality and strong communication skills. Yes, looks-wise he could be considered one of the weaker links, but then again, a countryman of his got away with it an made the cut two years ago.
SWITZERLAND – Rafael Caria. He has an undeniably swarthy handsomeness, but he’s not that strong of a communicator. Would his good looks still secure him a slot in the Top 20?
THAILAND – Tong Chanchai. I actually find him very appealing, but I’m not sure if his communication skills are sufficient enough to win over the judges and make the cut. Not that he’s weak, but I’m still on-the-fence on his prospects winning over the judges in this pageant. I think he’s a possibility.
UNITED KINGDOM – Walter Chahwanda. He’s another one who has oodes of personality and strong communication skills. His profession as a preacher could resonate with the religious Poles and he made an impression with his singing talent during the Talent competition. Let’s see if his strengths in the personality department would be enough to catapult him to the Top 20.
UNITED STATES – Nate Crnkovich. This blond emergency room nurse and part-time model of Croatian-Polish descent has this clean-cut Midwestern persona that could be great catnip for the judges in this pageant. Though he’s now basedin Los Angeles, he was born and raised in Nebraska, and his American heartland persona made his Latino peers nickname him “Capitan America“, and I do agree with them. Speaking of Nebraska, it made me think of Lady Gaga’s 2011 hit song “You and I” as she constantly reference that state in her lyrics. He seems poised to break the mold of the bevy of scruffy winners of the past three years.
VENEZUELA – Leonardo Carrero. His predecessor missed the cut, but this guy is poised to bring his pageant powerhouse back to its lofty status as his charisma is off-the-charts. If it weren’t for teh presence of PERU and USA, I would’ve said he could clinch a second win for his country, but those two seem to be very formidable.
VIETNAM – Trần Mạnh Khang. In the Supra-Man chat, he showcased his culture by wearing a male ao dai. He showcased an outgoing personality and charm that his Top 20 prospects seem very secure.
With the 40 contestants all accounted for, here is my leaderboard:
TOP CONTENDERS: PERU, UNITED STATES, VENEZUELA
SHOO-INS: BRAZIL, CANADA, CHILE, CZECH REPUBLIC, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, INDIA, MEXICO, NETHERLANDS, POLAND, PUERTO RICO, ROMANIA, SLOVAKIA,
LIKELIEST: ALGERIA, ECUADOR, FRANCE, INDONESIA, KENYA, MALTA, MOLDOVA, MONTENEGRO, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH AFRICA, SWITZERLAND, THAILAND, VIETNAM
PERSONALITY FACTOR: COLOMBIA, JAMAICA, SURINAME, UNITED KINGDOM,
EXCELLENT: EQUATORIAL GUINEA, JAPAN, LAOS, SPAIN
VERY STRONG: BOLIVIA, ETHIOPIA, KOREA,
STRONG: NEW CALEDONIA,
And now, my “Fearful” Forecast”
TOP FIVE: PERU, POLAND, ROMANIA, UNITED STATES, VENEZUELA
TOP 10: CZECH REPUBLIC, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, INDIA, NETHERLANDS, VIETNAM,
TOP 20: BRAZIL, CANADA, CHILE, ECUADOR, INDONESIA, KENYA, MEXICO, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, SLOVAKIA
BUBBLING UNDER: ALGERIA, FRANCE, MALTA, MOLDOVA, MONTENEGRO, SOUTH AFRICA, SWITZERLAND, THAILAND
STRIKING DISTANCE: COLOMBIA, EQUATORIAL GUINEA, JAMAICA, JAPAN, LAOS, SPAIN, SURINAME, UNITED KINGDOM
Though the creamiest of the crop seems easiest to call this year, determining the rest is a challenge as you wonder which would they priroitize this time, personality or looks? Anyway, best of luck to all the guys!