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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Miss Universe 2012 Review: Cyprus - France

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 - *



CYPRUS: IOANNA YIANNAKOU *
Ioanna was also a last minute replacement for the original delegate. The lack of preparation also showed but we never expect much from this country anyway. I highly doubt that she’ll make it.

CZECH REPUBLIC: TEREZA CHLEBOVSKA ****
Tereza showed up in Vegas looking absolutely great. There is no doubt that she is gorgeous and she has a very good chance of making it. The biggest problem is just that she really lacks stage presence. She was a bit robotic but I would not count her out just yet. A top 10 placement is within reach.

DENMARK: JOSEFINE HEWITT *
When her photos were first released, it stirred up quite some interest. A lot of people saw a striking resemblance to Miss USA 2011, Alyssa Campanella. However, what we saw in Vegas was quite different. She is not nearly in the league of Alyssa. I was shocked by her preliminary performance. She had the worst walk of all the girls by far, so she's obviously just a photographic model and not a catwalk queen.

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: DULCITA LIEGGI *
The Dominican Republic had its fair share of drama this year when the original winner was dethroned after they found out that she was married. Dulcita inherited the title. Even though she was my favorite for the national title, I was disappointed when I saw her in Vegas. She has a great body and amazing walk but unfortunately she was totally outshined most most others in the beauty department.

ECUADOR: CAROLINE AGUIRRE ****
Ecuador was one of the biggest favorites before the start of the pageant but I am a bit underwhelmed by what I saw in Vegas. Yes, she is pretty and she could do well. But she did not live up to the hype. I was not a fan of her preliminary gown. It could go either way. She could go as far as the top 10 or be totally excluded.

EL SALVADOR: ANA YANCY CLAVEL ****
Ana was one of the nicest surprises of the presentation show. She is very likeable and polished. She was stunning in both swimsuit and gown. I also loved her web interview. I can see this girl doing quite well so keep an eye on her!

ESTONIA: NATALIE KORNEITSIK **
Natalie is actually way better than the average Estonian delegate. She is really pretty and did quite well in preliminaries. She even has quite a bit of stage presence. I think she’s the best representative from her country in many years.

ETHIOPIA: HELEN GETACHEW **
Helen probably had one of the worst web interviews of the bunch. It was really depressing and dreary. However, on stage she comes alive. She can definitely work a runway but she needs to be careful not to be too rushed. My main problem is that most of the time that it seems like she doesn’t want to be there and that she’s not having fun at all.

FINLAND: SARA CHAFAK ***
I have always liked Sara and I think she is one of the best from her country we’ve seen in years! (I also loved the 2010 girl!) She has the most amazing hair and skin tone and she was quite vibrant on stage. A poor gown choice could hurt her chances but a surprise inclusion on the top 16 could be on the cards.

FRANCE: MARIE PAYET ****
She is tall, gorgeous, elegant, and has a great body. But something is missing and I am not sure what it is. Maybe it’s a killer instinct and desire to win. She has the goods to go all the way to the top 10. Her sash and her looks might could very well get her there. I am not sure if she could do better than a top 10 placement.

Photos: www.missuniverse.com

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