Friday, August 17, 2012

Miss World 2012 Review: Mauritius - Northern Ireland

The 62nd Miss World will be crowned this Saturday, August 18th, at the Dongsheng Fitness Stadium Center in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. 116 amazing young ladies are competing to become the next Miss World. Ordos welcomed the girls with open arms and it seems like they are going all out to show the world what they can done. The stage is looking amazing and the opening ceremony looked fantastic with all the traditional dancers and the huge LED screens. I hope we will be treated with a grand and exciting final night. The contest was very long again... four weeks! I am sure the girls must be exhausted by now but I also know it has been a fantastic experience for them. It was hard to follow the contest at times as the girls rarely wear their sashes. To know who's who, you have to be able to either recognize them or be able to decipher what's written on those small name tags. The groups is so strong this year, though, that it is almost impossible to say who will be the next Miss World. There are so many gorgeous and deserving young ladies and I wish them all good luck and the very best in life!!!

***** In the running for a spot in the top 7
**** Potential top 15 semi-finalist
*** Could be in the top 30
** Will possibly miss the cut
* Very likely to miss the cut

Here's what I think:

MAURITIUS: Shalini Panchoo *
Miss Mauritius has not really been visible at all during the pageant. She definitely got lost in the crowd and did not factor in any of the challenge events. It is quite evident that she will not place.

MEXICO: Mariana Berumen ******
Miss Mexico is just gorgeous. She is definitely one of the crown favorites. She has that girl-next-door type of beauty that the Miss World Organization adores. She could very well be Mexico’s first Miss World and if that happens, I will definitely be happy. She has the height, the beauty, and the elegance!

MONGOLIA: Bayarmaa Huselbataar **
Mongolia’s delegate actually looks much better than her official photos on the Miss World website and she also performed better than I expected. Having placed in talent, top model, and beach beauty is a great achievement… but I don’t think she is a significant threat to the front-runners.

MONTENEGRO: Nikolina Loncar *
In this crowd of beauties, Nikolina just slipped into the background. At Miss Universe I noticed her and thought she might have a slight chance of making it but here the competition was just too strong.

NEPAL: Shristi Shrestha ****
I adore this girl and I think she’s the best girl from Nepal that I’ve ever seen!!!! At times I think she looks just like Aiswarya Rai. I know her country must be very proud of her and I’m definitely rooting for her. It seems like she might have a very good shot at placing… and it will be a well-deserved placement. Fingers crossed, Nepal!!!

NETHERLANDS: Nathalie den Dekker ***
Nathalie is one of the best blondes of the competition. She is consistent and she looked very elegant and prepared at all times. However, I don’t think we will see very many blondes in the top 30. If there are a few, she could definitely be one of them.

NEW ZEALAND: Collette Lochore *
Unlike her predecessor, Collette has not really grabbed much of the attention in China. She seems to be more reserved and I’ve actually not seen that much of her. The only thing I noticed was a few “interesting” wardrobe choices.

NICARAGUA: Lauren Lawson *
Here’s another delegate that I do not know what to say about. In a large group like this one, a few girls just really go by unnoticed. I hope she enjoyed the experience though.

NIGERIA: Damiete Charles-Granville ***
Damiete had to step in for the original winner of MBGN as she was too old to compete in Miss World. In actual fact, she was a much better choice and she performed really well. Her most significant achievements must be making it to the top 10 of Beach Beauty (so she is still in the running for that title) and top 46 of Top Model, so with a good interview a top 30 placement can happen.

NORTHERN IRELAND: Tiffany Brien **
The UK title will be a battle between Tiffany, Wales, and England. They are both strong girls so I’m not sure which way it will go. Tiffany did quite well and she excelled in Sports as expected and did very well to have made it to the top 10 of Beach Beauty, so she might have the second highest score in the UK after Wales.


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