MALAYSIA – Nazirul Mubin. He, India, and Sri Lanka could be deemed the darkest complexioned contestants in his year’s contest. I know most Asians tend to favor fairer complexions, but I hope the Thai judges here may be open enough to appreciate brown, dusky types like this guy. He’s not conventionally handsome, bu he exudes charisma and sex appeal in my eyes.
MYANMAR – Paing Soe Htun. He has a buffed bod and a boyish appeal to be among the likeliest to advance to the Top 15.
PANAMA – Arturo Lugo. He has handsomeness and a lean, sinewy physique going for him, bu he registers a a tad raw and not quite reaching his potential. He could’ve been a semifinals-worthy contender, but as he is, he’s just simply worthwhile.
PHILIPPINES – James Alfred Ventura. He may not have got what it takes to top the likes of Brazil, India, South Africa and several others, but he does have a boyish appeal that he can secure us a Top 15/16 finish. I hope the Thais and Vietnamese are confident enough with their representatives (they ought to be–read below) hat they would allow us Filipino fans to flood the internet voting to give him a slot in the semifinals.
PUERTO RICO – Joshua Rojas Rivera. He does have good looks and a rippled physique, but his charisma seems a tad inconsistent. Still, I deem him a possibility for the Top 15 and beyond.
RUSSIA – Roman Odinets. Many Asians would dig his boyish features and twink-ish frame. But I think with such a formidable group, he is clearly overshadowed. Besides the presence of England would shut him out of chances of making further inroads.
SINGAPORE – Kasper Neo. See INDONESIA. We usually tend to expect Singapore to field guys with beefy frames, but this guy is more the slim, sinewy type.
SOUTH AFRICA – Gerrie Havenga. He has a chiseled jaw and the best physique amongst this year’s contestants. Knowing that most South African pageant contestants tend to also fare well in interview, he could be he possible winner in this year’s pageant–but of course Brazil and India would provide formidable opposition and I have a feeling Thailand and Vietnam would likewise join the fray. If he doesn’t win this contest, I would recommend he go for Manhunt International–his is the sort of features that would be highly prized in that realm.
SPAIN – Daniel Sampedro. He stands out as the long-haired contestant in this group. Underneath that mane, though, is a classically handsome face hat can pull the look off well. Wonder if the Thai judging panel appreciate swarthy long-haired types?
SRI LANKA – Menuka Alwis. He somehow reminds me of the reigning Mister World from India, Rohit Khandelwal. Rohit’s charisma is known to be off-the-charts, bu this guy is no slouch in the charisma department so he looks poised ot have an inside rack to the finals.
SWEDEN – John Sempill. He is handsome and he has a fit physique, but i’s not as defined as the standouts out there. Still, he can parlay his classic handsomeness tto a Top 15/16 finish.
TAJIKISTAN – Azizdzhon Mirzoev. He and India share approximately tthe same height, so they share the honors of being the tallest contestants in this year’s pageant. He does have enough appeal to make a great impression, but his physique, albeit buffed, is not as defined as the front-runners out there.
THAILAND – Nontakorn Amput. Unlike in Mister International, the host country fielded a representative that ticks all the boxes. He has handsomeness, buffness, and charisma in spades. So I wouldn’t be shocked or surprised if he ends up in the Top Five.
VIETNAM – Thuận Nguyễn. See THAILAND, albeit there are some detractors in a popular yet controversial website that are downplaying his chances. Me, I like what I’m seeing.
With the 28 remaining conttestants now assessed, here is my leaderboard:
TOP CONTENDERS: BRAZIL, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA
SHOO-INS: ENGLAND, THAILAND, VIETNAM
LIKELIEST: BANGLADESH, CHILE, CHINA, CZECH REPUBLIC, KOREA, LATVIA, MALAYSIA, MYANMAR, PHILIPPINES, PUERTO RICO, SPAIN, SRI LANKA, SWEDEN,
EXCELLENT: IRAQ, KAZAKHSTAN, TAJIKISTAN
VERY STRONG: CANADA, PANAMA
STRONG: INDONESIA, JAPAN, RUSSIA, SINGAPORE
Now, my “Fearful” Forecast:
TOP FIVE: BRAZIL, ENGLAND, INDIA, SOUTH AFRICA, THAILAND
TOP TEN: CHILE, CZECH REPUBLIC, KOREA, LATVIA, VIETNAM
TOP 15: MYANMAR, PUERTO RICO, SPAIN, SRI LANKA, SWEDEN
POPULAR VOTE: PHILIPPINES
BUBBLING UNDER: BANGLADESH, CHINA, MALAYSIA
STRIKING DISTANCE: IRAQ, KAZAKHSTAN, TAJIKISTAN
I foresee the Mister Glboal title to be a three-way battle among Brazil (Pedro Henrique Gicca), India (Srikant Dwivedi), and South Africa (Gerrie Havenga) with England (Christopher Joseph Brammell) a possible usurper. Let’s see if this year’s production equal or exceed’s last year’s successful outing.