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Friday, November 23, 2012

Miss Earth 2012 Review: Slovak Republic - Thailand

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

Slovak Republic: Martina Gresova ***

Martina is a gorgeous blonde and there are many reasons why she should make it. It must be noted that she did not really perform well in the challenges, so it seems like she will be one of the super gorgeous girls that might be left clapping. It would be a shame.
Slovenia: Anjeza Barbatovci *
Unlike last year’s delegate from this country, this year’s girl has not quite made such a strong impression. She was OK but forgettable. A repeat placing seems highly unlikely.

South Africa: Tamerin Jardine ******
Tamerin exceeded my wildest expectations. Having not managed to crack the top 5 in last year’s Miss South Africa Pageant, I didn’t think she would be very competitive. But I was so wrong. She showed up super prepared and ready to fight for the title. She checks all the boxes: she’s tall, striking, natural, intelligent, well-educated, well-spoken, charming, and nice. If the judges are looking for an all-rounder, she could bag the title. Regardless of which, I think she will give South Africa its best placement at this pageant to date.

South Sudan: Rachel Angeth *
After having being treated to the breathtaking beauty of Atong Demache at the Miss World Pageant this year, Rachel leaves much to be desired to. Her beauty is too exotic for the average pageant fan and she’s also not in the best shape.

Spain: Nathalia Moreira **
Nathalia is another one of the late arrivals. Yes, she is very beautiful and even managed to win a sub-title (but hey who didn’t). Unfortunately there are other girls who made a stronger impression and I think she will miss the cut.
Sri Lanka: Chathurika Ariyawansha *

The same thing I said about Miss South Sudan applies to Miss Sri Lanka. After having followed the gorgeous girl that placed third in Miss International, I felt that Sri Lanka must have better to offer.
Sweden: Camilla Hansson ***
I’ve been torn between Norway and Sweden this whole time. I feel both are strong enough to place but they could also cancel each other out. If one of these two places, it would probably Sweden thanks to Norway’s tattoo.

Switzerland: Lea Sara Wittwer **
Lea seems to be one of the most well-liked delegates. I read somewhere that the chaperones also liked her a lot. As this is a beauty contest, and we all like to see the most stunning girls place, I’d say it would be an uphill battle for her. She does have her own sense of style and she truly stood out for being a breath of fresh air.

Tanzania: Bahati Chando *
Bahati  represented her country well. She is nowhere near their gorgeous delegate from 2008 but I think she should be commended for a good effort though. I don’t see her as someone who could place though.

Thailand: Waratthaya Wongchayaporn ******
Warrathaya is one of the biggest favorites for the crown. If the judges want an Asian winner, then she will be it. She is gorgeous, elegant, and would make a great Miss Earth. I believe she will do very well. What might count against her is that she is extremely skinny! If the judges can look past that, she could be the next Miss Earth.

Photos: www.missearth.tv

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