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Friday, November 8, 2013

Miss Universe 2013 Review: Romania - Sweden


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 - *
 
ROMANIA: ROXANA ANDREI ***

 
Hello, Debra Messing?! I just have such a soft spot for Roxana. She is just one of the best surprises of this year’s pageant for me. I love her gorgeous eyes and her amazing hair! I have been rooting for her the whole time and really thought she could give Romania their first placement ever. Everything was going fine until the preliminary evening gown parade! Her gown was awful.
RUSSIA: ELMIRA ABDRAZAKOVA ****
Well, we know she’ll be up there. She’s the host contestant and they usually get included. I just feel that she’s too short and not nearly strong enough. It means another girl will be robbed of her chance to fight for the crown. Even though I loved her evening gown and her performance during that parade, I still think there are about 20 other girls who should place ahead of her!
SERBIA: ANA VRCELJ *
 
She had a few bright moments where she looked good but overall I don’t really think Serbia stands a chance this year. She didn’t really make an impact at all.
SINGAPORE: SHI LIM *
 
I actually liked her when she was crowned but I feel that she hasn’t improved at all. In fact, her styling was way off a lot of the time. I think she could have done better. Better luck next time, Singapore.
SLOVAK REPUBLIC: JEANETTE BORHYOVA ***
 
I think Jeanette is very beautiful and gave two strong performances in the preliminaries. I think she’s even more telegenic than photogenic. The only problem is that she’s quite short and I think that Jeanette and Miss Slovenia might cancel each other out. Both of them are pretty but not really spectacular. If she makes it to the top 16, I think that’s where her road will end.
SLOVENIA: NINA DURDEVIC **
 
See Slovak Republic’s review. Nina is beautiful and I’m glad Slovenia is back at Miss Universe. I think Slovak Republic is facially more beautiful so if one of them will place, I would give the advantage to her. It’s just good to see Slovenia back and Nina was in the upper half of the middle of the pack for sure. Oh and might I just add that it’s awesome that neither her or Slovak Republic showed up with an atrocious evening gown in the preliminaries.
SOUTH AFRICA: MARILYN RAMOS ***
 
I always felt that Marilyn really was more of a Miss World type and that she would have a much better shot at that title. I was very disappointed when she didn’t do as well as she deserved there. Let’s leave it there. Marilyn showed up with an amazing wardrobe. Her portrait gown is stunning and I loved her evening gown look for the preliminaries. It is a sleek, sexy, and modern version of Lu Parkers dress. The only thing I have to add is that somehow I’m missing the fire she had at Miss World. Maybe it’s the exhaustion of competing at two international pageants in such a short time or maybe her confidence got knocked. I still think based on her gown performance and interview, she could make it to the top 16.
SPAIN: PATRICIA RODRIGUEZ ******
 
I would have absolutely no problem if Patricia would become the next Miss Universe. In fact, I believe that she has not yet put a foot wrong and she definitely deserves this. She’s good on stage, has smoldering good looks, and she also seems to be a really lovely girl. Unless something goes wrong on the final night, I think she’s the one to beat. (The biggest thing that actually might stand in her way is that she competed at Miss World!)
SRI LANKA: AMANDA RATHNAYAKE *
 
Last year Sri Lanka was one of my favorites to make the top 15. This year I don’t feel the same at all. This year they’ve gone back to just being one of the delegates. I hope Amanda had a great time in Moscow though and that she made the most of the experience.
SWEDEN: ALEXANDRA FRITBERG **
 
Alexandra is definitely better than I expected. I think she has a great body but she might be a tad too thin. A few cheeseburgers wouldn’t do her any harm. Other than that, I think she did all that she could do but I don’t believe that she’s in contention for a top 16 spot.
Photos: Miss Universe Organization

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