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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Miss Universe 2013 Review: Germany - Hungary

Miss Universe is being hosted in Russia for the very first time this year. It's nice to see Miss Universe being hosted somewhere else even though the pageant has lost a lot of it's glamor. The activities seem to be done on a shoestring budget, but they do have one of the best stages in recent years. I do hope that the Miss Universe Organization will start to rethink they way they do business. There are almost no more prizes that are really worthwhile and I think they really need to make the prize package a bit more lucrative again. I think they the organization needs to move away from the cheap thrills sleazy publicity angel and start building the image of the brand again.

As for the girls, 86 girls are competing for the 62nd Miss Universe title. I was a little disappointed by a lot of the favorites. The girls I thought would do really well didn't perform as well or made poor styling choices. Overall, I think it's a good group of girls and I think there are a group of about 30 girls who could be in contention to do really well. Now, let's take a look at the beauties vying for this year's Miss Universe title:

POSSIBLE WINNER - ******
POSSIBLE TOP 5 FINALIST - *****
POSSIBLE TOP 10 SEMI-FINALIST - ****
POSSIBLE TOP 15 QUARTER FINALIST - ***
UNLIKELY TO PLACE - **
HIGHLY UNLIKELY TO PLACE - *


GERMANY: ANNE-JULIA HAGEN **

Anne-Julia is a classic German beauty and it was great to see her represent her country at Miss Universe. I expected a lot from her but I do think she looked quite short. She did well in the preliminaries but I was not a fan of her styling. With a little more time to prepare for Miss Universe, she might have had a real shot at placing.

GHANA: HANNIEL JAMIN **

I did not really take any notice of Hanniel until the preliminaries. I pretty much wrote her off as just one of the fillers but to be honest, I was really impressed when I saw her preliminary performance. She looked great glammed up and worked the stage. Will it be enough? I don’t think so. But she was fighting.

GREAT BRITAIN: AMY WILLERTON ******

Now here’s a girl to keep an eye on. Amy is Great Britain’s greatest hope in a very, very long time. She  is already quite well known in  her country and she has lots of experience. She’s tall, good-looking, and extremely sexy. Her swimsuit performance in the preliminaries was sizzling hot but that gown needs to be changed if she does make. If she makes it to the top 16, and works her magic on stage… I think she could cause a major upset, leave all the favorites behind and run away with the crown!!! (If she doesn't win Miss Universe, she should definitely be recruited by Trump Model Management!)

GREECE: ANASTASIA SIDIROPOULOU **

Anastasia has a really pretty face and looked really lovely in the preliminaries. I actually think she represented her country really well. I don’t think she’s quite strong enough to place but she was definitely a worthy delegate.

GUAM: ALIXES SCOTT **

I was very positively surprised by Alixes. When she was crowned, I thought she would be one of the weakest links at this year’s pageant. Upon arrival, I actually realized that she’s much better than I anticipated. I think she worked hard on her styling and preparation and it showed.

GUATEMALA: PAULETTE SAMAYOA **



I feel the same about her as I do about Miss El Salvador. She is pretty enough to make an impact but this she didn’t quite stand out as much as is needed at a pageant of this caliber. At a smaller international pageant, she might have a much better shot.

GUYANA: KATHERINE ROSHANA **

Katherine has a really beautiful face and most gorgeous hair. Her major weakness is her body but with her gorgeous face, she does make a pretty picture. Guyana can feel very proud of her.

HAITI: MONDIANA PIERRE ****

Mondiana was absolutely fierce in the preliminaries. She blew me away. I had my eye on her and I just think she delivered when it matter. Her resemblance to Leila Lopes, Miss Universe 2011, is something that might work against her. But in all fairness, she deserves to go far in this competition. She’s absolutely stunning!!!

HONDURAS: DIANA MENDOZA *

Miss Honduras’ name instantly lets you think of Miss Universe 2008, Dayana Mendoza. However, I don’t think we will see her emulate the latter’s performance at Miss Universe. She is a good-looking girl but unfortunately not really a stand-out.

HUNGARY: REBEKA KARPATI ***

Rebeka is really cute. She has this girl-next-door look that the Miss Universe Organization sometimes rewards. She also has a rocking body and performed really well in the swimsuit competition. I wasn’t the greatest fan of her styling in the evening gown round. But there’s a very real possibility that she could be one of the top 15.
Photos: Miss Universe Organization

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