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Saturday, January 24, 2015

63rd Miss Universe Review: Albania - Brazil

The 63rd Miss Universe will be crowned on January 25 in Miami, Florida. 88 young women from all over the world are competing to become the next Miss Universe. The new winner will be crowned by outgoing title holder, Maria Gabriela Isler from Venezuela, with a brand new crown sponsored by DIC. The Miss Universe Organization seems to have hit hard times as they were unable to stage a pageant in 2014. Initially, it was announced that this edition will be Miss Universe 2014 but no one is really sure if there will be another pageant later in the year. The organizers have been tightlipped about this and so far all that is known is that this is the 63rd Miss Universe with no year being mentioned.

There were some protests when it was announced that the Doral government had to spend more than US$2 million to host the pageant. Later they released a statement saying that the funds will not come from the tax payers' pockets but from corporate sponsors instead. The contestants stayed in Miss Universe owner Donald Trump's Doral Gholf Estate and Hotel for the majority of the their time in Doral. The city, which has a large Venezuelan community and is also nicknamed Doralzuela, did not even have a venue large enough to accommodate the finals, so the nearby Florida International University Arena was chosen to host the final. The arena is a far cry from the luxurious venues of the past. Of course, the pageant has not been without controversy. Miss Israel's selfie with Miss Lebanon hit headlines around the world with the Lebanese beauty claiming that the Israeli delegate "photobombed" her. Technically the two countries are still at war.

After a long wait, we will have a new Miss Universe on Sunday. Despite complaints by fans that the quality of the events this year were an all time low, they are just relieved that the pageant will finally take place. Now on to the stars of this year's show, the 88 delegates. After following the pageant for the last couple of weeks, here are our thoughts:

****** Could be the next Miss Universe
***** Potential top 5 finalist, but will probably not win
**** Could go as far as the top 10
*** Could survive the first cut to make the top 15
** Likely to miss the cut
* Highly likely to miss the cut

ALBANIA: ZHANETA BYBERI **

I really wanted to like her and I kind of do, but she has been very inconsistent. Her swimsuit performance was much better than what she did in the evening gown round. Her gown did not do her any favors. I'll be surprised to see her survive the first cut.

ANGOLA: ZULEICA WILSON **

Miss Angola was quite a nice surprise. She has a gorgeous face and had two good performances in the preliminaries. I am not sure if it will be enough to make the top 16, but I think she did a  great job.

ARGENTINA: VALENTINA FERRER *****

One of the biggest surprises for me this year, is the lovely Valentina Ferrer. She was sizzling during the preliminaries, especially in swimsuit. She has an amazing body and great energy on stage. Despite not having the greatest gown, she pulled it off. She could give Argentina their best placement in decades. I won't be surprised to see her in the top 5.

ARUBA: DIGENE ZIMMERMAN **

I expected a bit more from Digene and she hasn't really lived up to the expectations. She is a beautiful girl, but her preliminary performances were over the top. I also found her gown quite tacky.

AUSTRALIA: TEGAN MARTIN ****

Tegan was not my favorite to win her national title, but I must say she showed up super prepared. I was really quite impressed and she did herself and her country proud. I think she could make the cut and even go to the top 10 despite not having the best performances during the preliminaries. She was good in swimsuit but her evening gown performance was quite lackluster.

AUSTRIA: JULIA FURDEA ***

Julia is a natural beauty who reminds me of Miss South Africa 2009, Nicole Flint. I thought she was underrated at Miss World and it was nice to see her get more attention at this pageant. I was not blown away by her preliminary performances but I still believe she could be in the top 16. I loved her glamshot btw.

BAHAMAS: TOMII CULMER **

I can't fault Tomii for anything she did. I just thing there are stronger competitors out there who are likelier to make the cut.

BELGIUM: ANISSA BLONDIN **

Anissa seems like a genuinely lovely girl and I think she did fantastically well despite only having a few weeks to prepare for this pageant and Miss World. She has an amazing body and had two solid preliminary performances.

BOLIVIA: CLAUDIA TAVEL *

Claudia's swimsuit performance was much better than her evening gown performance. I didn't like her gown at all and she didn't look comfortable in it. I think she might be one of the weakest links this year.

BRAZIL: MELISSA GURGEL *****

Melissa is said to have an amazing personality and she has been a fan favorite this year. I think she did the best she could and had two solid performances in the preliminaries with the swimsuit round being her strongest performance. Brazil has been doing very well lately and as there are rumors that Fortaleza might host later this year, we could see her in the top 5.

Photos: www.missuniverse.com

1 comment:

  1. You have two Australias here. The last one should be AUSTRIA.

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