Friday, November 23, 2012

Miss Earth 2012 Review: Panama - Singapore

80 young ladies from all around our planet are currently in Manila competing for one of the most prestigious beauty titles in the world, Miss Earth. The 12th Miss Earth will be crowned on Saturday, November 24 at the Versailles Palace close to Manila. The winner will succeed Ecuador's Olga Alava who won the 2011 Miss Earth title in Manila last year.

The Philippines, once again, proved to be an amazing host country and warm hospitality of the gracious hosts ensured that an amazing time was had by all the delegates. This year, the organizers (Carousel Productions) added a new element to the run-up to the finals. The delegates would get points as they took part in several activities. Medals and sub-titles were also awarded. All the scores were displayed on the official group scoresheets on! Although this seemed like a clear imitation of the Miss World leaderboard system, it was fun and I'm sure the delegates loved being awarded. The organizers should try and decrease the number of sub-titles and mini-competitions as they became just too hard to keep track off. It was a great idea and could be improved in the future - 25 sub-titles are just way too many.

The overall quality of this year's contestants is quite high. This is one of the better years for Miss Earth. There are actually about 30 ladies who could do really well. I just hope that the judges choose wisely. The trend that has been happening in the major pageant this year so far, home victories, will destroy all the crediblity that Miss Earth has got left. So, here's hoping for fair results and may the best (and most gorgeous and truly deserving) Earth Warrior win.



Panama: Ana Lorena Ibanez **

Ana was a competent delegate and she looked good and well-prepared. The problem is just that she didn’t really grab my imagination. The field is too strong this year.

Paraguay: Alexandra Fretes ***

Alexandra has done quite well. To be honest, by winning Group 3’s swimsuit competition, she did way better than I expected. I think she is attractive but I am not blown away by her beauty. With that win and a sub-title under her belt, she could very well be one of the top 16.
Philippines: Stephany Stefanowitz ****
OK, we all know the host delegate will probably place. The question is just how high. I am a bit disappointed by this year’s delegate from the Philippines. She is tall and reasonably attractive but she’s not exactly super competitive. In fact, a placement will rob another deserving girl of a victory. I can live with her in the top 16 but anything more than that would not be very well received.

Poland: Justyna Rajczyk ****
Justyna seems to have made the most of this experience. There were loads of photos of her having fun in the Philippines and posing with just about everyone she met. This made her a very popular contestant. That could definitely work in favor. Well, that and the fact that she’s very striking and she has a certain spark that could take her all the way to the top 8.

Puerto Rico: Darli Pacheco ****
Darli is super tall. I believe she must be the tallest delegate in the competition this year and she’s been getting lots of attention. She is as well prepared as Puerto Rican delegates usually are and she’s been doing everything right. I am not a fan of her beauty but by the looks of it, the judges might be.

Reunion Island: Aisha Valy ***
It’s good to see Reunion being represented for the first time. I had her as a definite contender for a semi-final slot at the start of the pageant but she’s been losing a bit of ground since then. Now I feel that she could be a hit or a miss.

Romania: Iulia Monica Dumitrescu *
I think she got lost in the group. Hopefully she enjoyed the experience and made the most of it.

Russia: Natalia Pereverza ***
This one is a tricky one. She’s got the height (not super tall but just good enough), the beauty, and the sex appeal to be one of the top contenders. But then again, she’s posed for Playboy and she’s also been in the news this week for all the wrong reasons: criticizing her government. If Miss Earth wants to go the Miss Universe (scandal) route, she’ll be up there. If they want to go the Miss World (cleancut route), she’ll be left clapping.

Scotland: Sara Pender ***
I read somewhere that Sara lost a lot of weight for this pageant. She is actually quite attractive and reminds me a little of Alize Lily Mounter (but not as spectacular). If the judges are into natural beauties, she could be a surprise.

Singapore: Phoebe Tan *
I think there are several stronger Asian candidates who should and hopefully will make it ahead of her. I think the field is just too strong this year.


1 comment:

  1. I am so agree with you Philippines should clasify, it doesnt matter she is the host girl, that shouldnt be a factor, being beautiful yes, but she is not, she doesnt have a great body (that award was so no,no!) No attractive face, messy hair, please no!!!