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Sunday, January 25, 2015

63rd Miss Universe Review: Lebanon - Nigeria

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

Lebanon: Saly Greige **

Miss Lebanon got some major press attention due to the now infamous selfie that Miss Israel posted of them together. This was met with outrage in her country and the Lebanese beauty claimed Miss Israel photobombed her. Could this help her make the cut? She's a beautiful girl and had two solid performances during the preliminaries, but she wasn't spectacular.

Lithuania: Patricija Belousova ***

Patricija has one of the most gorgeous faces of the pageant and I'd say she  has the most beautiful eyes of all the contestants. It's a pity that she's one of the shortest girls there, because just in terms of facial beauty, she would have been able to go very far.

Malaysia: Sabrina Beneett ***

Sabrina was the last delegate to arrive in Miami and had to do all her photoshoots in a single day. She was a lovely surprise during the preliminaries and I especially enjoyed her swimsuit performance. The Asian delegates are quite strong, so I wonder if there will be a spot for her. If she does make it, it will be a well deserved placement.

Mauritius: Pallavi Gungaram *

Pallavi is one of the better delegates I've seen from this country. Facially I find her very beautiful but I didn't care for her evening gown during the preliminaries.

Mexico: Josselyn Garciglia ******

I have always liked Josselyn and thought she had what it takes to do well in this competition. Well, she did not disappoint and I have been very impressed by her so far. I loved her during the preliminaries. She was absolutely amazing in gown and her swimsuit performance was also good, although I wasn't totally crazy about her hairstyle. Watch out for Mexico - they must just take it all again!

Myanmar: Sharr Htut Eaindra ** 

The Asians are strong this year. Myanmar's Sharr made a good impression in the preliminaries, but she was outshined by several other delegates.

Netherlands: Yasmin Verheijen ****

I adore this girl. Yasmin's sultry exotic beauty makes her stand out. She has a curvy figure and legs that go on forever. Some fans feel she is not in the best shape, but I appreciate her look. She also gave to solid performances. Can they make it this year? I hope so!

New Zealand: Rachel Millns *

New Zealand is one of those countries whose sash does not carry much weight. I must say that Rachel is better than I anticipated, but I doubt that it will be enough to survive the first cut.

Nicaragua: Marline Barberena *

I thought Marline was quite lackluster during the preliminaries, so I'd be very surprised to see the cut. I have seen better from Nicaragua.

Nigeria: Queen Celestine *

I love this girl's name, but that's about it. I believe she was one of the weaker contestants during the preliminaries. When are we ever going to see another Agbani?

Photos: www.missuniverse.com

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