80 young ladies from all around our planet are currently in Manila competing for one of the most prestigious beauty titles in the world, Miss Earth. The 12th Miss Earth will be crowned on Saturday, November 24 at the Versailles Palace close to Manila. The winner will succeed Ecuador's Olga Alava who won the 2011 Miss Earth title in Manila last year.
The Philippines, once again, proved to be an amazing host country and warm hospitality of the gracious hosts ensured that an amazing time was had by all the delegates. This year, the organizers (Carousel Productions) added a new element to the run-up to the finals. The delegates would get points as they took part in several activities. Medals and sub-titles were also awarded. All the scores were displayed on the official group scoresheets on www.missearth.tv! Although this seemed like a clear imitation of the Miss World leaderboard system, it was fun and I'm sure the delegates loved being awarded. The organizers should try and decrease the number of sub-titles and mini-competitions as they became just too hard to keep track off. It was a great idea and could be improved in the future - 25 sub-titles are just way too many.
The overall quality of this year's contestants is quite high. This is one of the better years for Miss Earth. There are actually about 30 ladies who could do really well. I just hope that the judges choose wisely. The trend that has been happening in the major pageant this year so far, home victories, will destroy all the crediblity that Miss Earth has got left. So, here's hoping for fair results and may the best (and most gorgeous and truly deserving) Earth Warrior win.
******: POTENTIAL WINNER
*****: POTENTIAL RUNNER-UP
****: POTENTIAL TOP 8 FINALIST
***: POTENTIAL TOP 16 FINALIST
**: UNLIKELY TO PLACE
*: HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO PLACE
Ecuador: Tatiana Torres *Tatiana was a last-minute replacement. She did quite well for someone who was chosen at the last minute but did not really make a significant impact at all. A repeat victory is out of the question and even a placement is not really on the cards.
El Salvador: Yaritza Rivera **Yartiza represented her country well. She is better than the usual delegates from her country and actually made quite a positive impact. I don’t think it will be enough to place but it’s enough to be proud of.
England: Zahida Begum *I rarely saw a photo of Miss England smiling. So, it seems like she didn’t really enjoy herself that much or maybe she thought she looks better when she’s not smiling. She is quite short and she just got lost in the crowd. I think a possible placement is unlikely.
Fiji: Eshter Foss **Esther actually looked better and competed more strongly than I expected. I think she did the best she could do but a placement is probably not going to happen.
Finland: Kristiina Airi **Here’s another case of a competent delegates that probably would’ve done better in a less competitive year. I think she’s about in the middle of the pack. Of the Scandinavian countries, I prefer Sweden and Norway.
Germany: Nel-Linda Zublewitz ***I did not notice Miss Germany until I saw how well she’s been doing in the challenges. She even won her group’s Resort Wear Challenge and a few other challenges. She could be a surprise inclusion in the top 16.
Guadeloupe: Sherina van der Koelen *Sherina doesn’t have the typical looks of a beauty contestant. She has a more exotic look but that’s not a bad thing as it made her stand out. If I remember correctly, I think she was one of the late arrivals. I don’t expect her to place but she was a memorable delegate.
Guam: Sarah Filush *
This year’s representative from Guam did not make much of an impact. That’s probably because she’s one of the shortest delegates. Better luck next year for Guam.Guatemala: Stefany Miranda ***
Guatemala sent a very good delegate this year in the form of Stefany. She looked good at all events and she made a positive impact. In fact, she even won her group’s evening gown award and a sub-title. We could hear her country’s name being called during the top 16 announcement.
Miss Honduras was mostly unnoticed during the pageant. The other delegates from the Central American region are stronger.