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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Miss World 2016: Week 2 Review


The second week of Miss World 2016 was definitely a step or two up from week 1. Even though I still think this year's contest pales in comparison to some of the more exciting ones (think South Africa 2008, 2009, even Indonesia - despite all the turmoil, and the China editions), I do appreciate the fact that they at least had a few activities this week. Overall, this year's competition is on the same level as the London editions where the girls did not do that much.

Let's take a look at the highlights of Week 2:

CONTINENTAL COOK-OFF 

Week 2 started with a continental cook-off at the MetroCooking DC food festival. Now, I would never describe this as an exciting event, but I am glad the girls could make an appearance somewhere. The Caribbean ladies (Aruba, Jamaica, Saint Lucia and Cayman Islands) took the top honours in this event.

TALENT SEMI-FINALS 

Twenty one young women took part in a second round of talent auditions, which served as the semi-finals for this challenge event. The judges made their decision and the top 10 are: Canada, Chile, Croatia, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, Mongolia, Poland, Philippines and Ukraine. It was also announced that the girl with the highest number of votes on Mobstar will be named the winner of this challenge event. She will be guaranteed a spot in the top 20 and will probably be performing at the final. I am not sure if this is a good idea as this probably means that Philippines will win due to the support she has from her countrymen. But she does have a beautiful voice.

TRIP TO NEW YORK 

The highlight of this year's contest so far was, without a doubt, the day trip the girl had to New York City. New York is an amazing city and I am glad the girls got to experience it. The girls got to go on a river cruise to see the Statue of Liberty and saw the musical 'School of Rock' on Broadway. After that, they went to see the ice rink and Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. I am sure most of the girls will remember their day in the Big Apple for years to come.


MGM NATIONAL HARBOR OPENING 

Mireia Lalaguna, Miss World 2015, and about 20 other delegates attended the opening of the brand new MGM hotel where the new Miss World will be crowned next Sunday at The Theater. We wonder if the new Miss World was among the ladies who were chosen to attend this event. It was also Mireia's last official appearance before she hands over her crown.

WASHINGTON DC WALKING TOUR 

The girls had to brave the freezing cold weather when they went on a walking tour to see the most important monuments in Washington, DC. With a real feel of -7 degrees Celsius, the girls have to be commended for not letting it dampen their spirits.

SPORTS CHALLENGE EVENT ELIMINATION ROUND 

The final event of the week was the Miss World Sports Challenge Event elimination round. After the girls competed in their teams, the Red, Blue and White teams, twenty four young women made it through to the finals of the Sports Challenge Event.

With only a week today, there's no news about when the Top Model event will take place and if there will be other events throughout the week. The Miss World Organisation remains tight-lipped about the schedule and also about the hosts (we presume it's Frankie Cena and Megan Young), judges and performers.

Photos courtesy of Miss World Organisation! 

Miss Kazakhstan 2016 Crowned






The new Miss Kazakhstan is 18 year old Gul'banu Azimkhanova, who competed as Miss Kyzylorda. She will represent her country at the 67th Miss World Pageant next year. The first runner-up was Yel'Naz Nurseitova, Miss Astana, and the second runner-up was Zhanar Naymanbaeva (a contestant who replaced another at the last minute). Miss Kokshetau. Anastasiya Usol'tseva, Miss Oksemen, finished in fourth place.

I usually love Miss Kazakhstan winners, but not feling this one so much. Love the first runner-up, Miss Astana, who we will see at Miss Universe, I believe! 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Miss World 2016: Photo of the Day (12/10)

FREEZING BUT FUN: Some of the 2016 Miss World contestants show how excited they are about being in Washington, DC during a walking tour of the capital's monuments. The girls were in rehearsals all day today as things are heating up.

Miss World 2016: Sports Challenge Event Finalists


The first round of the Sports Challenge Event took place earlier today in Washington, DC and the Miss World delegates underwent a fitness test to determine the finalists for the Sports Challenge Event. They are:

RED TEAM: 

Australia, Cayman Islands, Cook Islands, England, Gibraltar, Malta, Scotland and United States

WHITE TEAM: 

Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Latvia, New Zealand, Panama and Singapore

BLUE TEAM: 

Aruba, Bulgaria, Denmark, Honduras, Hungary, Montenegro, Spain and Uruguay

One of these women will be named the winner of the Miss World 2016 Sports Challenge Event! 

If I were a judge: Miss Kazakhstan 2016

Twenty five young women will compete for the title of Miss Kazakhstan 2016 this Saturday. The winner is expected to represent Kazakhstan at Miss World 2016. Who will win the crown? If I were a judge:

Miss Kazakhstan 2016: Miss Astana, Dalida Naukenova 

1st runner-up: Miss Oksemen, Anastasiya Usol'tseva 

2nd runner-up: Miss Astana, Yel'naz Nurseitova 

3rd runner-up: Miss Turkestan, Zarina Zagidullina 

4th runner-up: Miss Astana, Yekaterina Podgorodetskaya 

CLOSE:
Miss Kostanay, Aytgul Nurmanova 


Friday, December 9, 2016

Miss World 2016: Photo of the Day (12/9)

OPENING THE MGM: A group of Miss World contestants attended the opening of the MGM hotel last night.The new Miss World will be crowned at this venue in just over a week. Do you have your favorite yet?