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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Miss Universe 2012 Review: British Virgin Islands - Curacao

The 61st Miss Universe Pageant will be held on December 19 at PH Live, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. This has not been the best year for the Miss Universe Organization as they were scrambling for the greatest part of the year to find a host for the pageant and in the end it resulted in Vegas again and the pageant being held right at the very end of year for the first time. As a result, Angola's Leila Lopes has become the longest reigning titleholder in the history of the pageant. She will crown Miss Universe 2012 at the conclusion of the event that will be shown live on NBC and Telemundo Wednesday night. The Miss Universe Organization has made the most of this year's pageant despite all the setbacks and embraced the time of the year with a holiday themed show. The great group of delegates also made up for the very long wait. A note to the Miss Universe Organization: PLEASE LOWER THE HOSTING FEE!!! You will find a host if you don't charge a fortune. We want to see the pageant in new exotic locations.
Now on to the stars of the show:

KEY:

POSSIBLE WINNER - ******
POSSIBLE TOP 5 FINALIST - *****
POSSIBLE TOP 10 SEMI-FINALIST - ****
POSSIBLE TOP 16 QUARTER FINALIST - ***
UNLIKELY TO PLACE - **
HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO PLACE - *



BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS: ABIGAIL HYNDMAN *
The British Virgin Islands rarely competes strongly at this pageant… or any other pageant. This year is no exception. Their delegate is simply just not up to par with the rest of the delegates. I did like her evening gown because it was quite different and it made her stand out.

BULGARIA: ZHANA YANEVA *
Unfortunately this is another country that rarely sends competitors. They usually just send delegates. Once again, they sent a delegate. Her chances of making it are quite slim.

CANADA: ADWOA YAMOAH *
In a heartbreaking twist of fate, the original delegate Sahar Biniaz had to withdraw only a couple of days before the pageant due to a foot injury. Adwoa only had a few days to prepare but even when you take this into consideration, she is just not strong enough. She has great interview skills but her features are too harsh and the styling did not really help her either.

CAYMAN ISLANDS: LINDSAY JAPAL ***
Lindsay has a gorgeous face and she’s one of the best representatives ever sent by her country. She is super beautiful but lacked presence on stage. She also seemed a bit nervous. Her saving grace might be being chosen as a Miss Universe Organization pick. I think she visited New York once or twice during her reign.

CHILE: Ana Luisa Konig ****
This girl is supermodel material. She is just so sexy and sultry while still being fresh-faced and gorgeous. I think she could do very well in the competition. She is definitely one to watch but she should watch out for not overdoing it on stage and her walk was also a bit rushed.

CHINA: JI DAN XU ***
Here is another girl who could be a Miss Universe Organization pick. Her director is a very powerful lady so MUO might try and keep her happy. I didn’t think Diana stood a chance when she was crowned but she has improved a lot. However, she did trip not once but TWICE during the evening gown competition. (Maybe Crystle Stewart felt sorry for her.) She was quite good in swimsuit though. If nothing else, she should win the award for Best National Costume. I am IN LOVE with that costume.

COLOMBIA: DANIELLA ALVAREZ ***
The thing with the Latinas is that they are so incredibly well-prepared that you have to take notice of them. Here we have a girl who is not that spectacular but when she’s glammed up, she does make a nice picture. Could she place for her country? I am inclined to say no but I’ve learned never to count this country out.

COSTA RICA: NAZARETH CASCANTE *
Last year, they sent the gorgeous Joanna Salano. I adored her but I’m not feeling the same love for her successor. She looks to mature and I don’t think a repeat placement is on the cards.

CROATIA: ELIZABETA BURG ******

 
Elizabeta has one of the most (if not THE MOST) gorgeous faces of the pageant. She is one of the biggest favorites for the title. She has the height and the beauty. The only things standing in her way are a slight lack of stage presence and she is also quite weak in interview. Europe is long overdue for a win and if the judges are blinded by her beauty, she could give them that win.
CURACAO: MONIFA JANSEN *
If I am honest, I would have to say that she is one of the weakest delegates I’ve seen from her country. Unfortunately her features are quite harsh. She stood out but for all the wrong reasons.

Photos: www.missuniverse.com

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