Sunday, December 18, 2016

Miss World 2016 Review: Northern Ireland - South Sudan

The 66th Miss World will be crowned on December 18 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Maryland, USA. 117 young women will compete for the title of Miss World 2016. The winner will be crowned by outgoing Miss World. Mireia Lalaguna from Spain. Who will be Miss World? Here are our thoughts about this year's group and their chances.

****** Might be the next Miss World 
***** Might make it to the top 5 or win a continental title 
**** Could reach the top 10 
*** Could reach the top 20 
** Solid competitor but will probably miss the cut 
* Likely to miss the first cut 

Northern Ireland – Emma Carswell *

Northern Ireland made it last year, but I don’t know if they will be that lucky again this year. Emma did her best, but she will have really strong competition from Wales, England and Scotland to be the top performing British girl.

Panama – Alessandra Bueno *

Alessandra’s most notable achievement was being in the top 24 in the sports fast track. Other than that, she has not really stood out in the competition.

Paraguay – Simone Freitag *

The group is quite competitive this year and it does not seem like Simone’s chances are looking too good.

Peru – Pierina Wong ***

Pierina is really beautiful and based on this alone, I’d say that she has a shot in the top 20. If she has good interview skills, she could make it. What makes me uncertain is that she hasn’t featured in any of the fast tracks.

Philippines – Catriona Gray ******

Catriona is a stunning young woman. She is also well-rounded and everything the organization is looking for. She has placed in pretty much everything apart from the sports fast track. Right now, she is looking like the one to beat and after tonight, Megan Young might not be the only Filipino Miss World.

Poland – Kaja Klimkiewics ***

Kaja seems like the type of girl that the Miss World Organization will love. She also made the top 10 in talent, which means she has a chance to be a top 20 finalist. But she isn’t a sure bet.

Portugal – Cristiana Ferreira *

Cristiana represented her country with pride, but I have seen stronger girls from Portugal in the past.

Puerto Rico – Stephanie de Valle *****

I love this girl. Stephanie is a fantastic contender. She is beautiful, smart, well-spoken and bubbly. I would say that she is Dominican Republic’s biggest threat in the Caribbean region. But what concerns me is that she has not really featured much in the fast tracks apart from a top 21 slot in talent. I really hope she does well.

Romania – Diana Dinu *

Romania rarely performs well at Miss World and it would be a huge upset if Diana places.

Russia – Yana Dobrovolskaya ****

Yana is really beautiful and has come looking polished and gorgeous. I wasn’t that much of a fan when she won her national pageant, but Russia has shown that they know what Miss World is all about. Based on beauty alone, she should make the top 10 at the very least.

Rwanda – Jolly Mutesi **

Jolly is the first woman from Rwanda to compete at Miss World and they have been trying for a long time to send a delegate to Miss World. This year it has finally happened. And it’s a good start from them. She might not be the most gorgeous of the bunch, but she’s articulate and a true beauty with a purpose.

Scotland – Lucy Kerr **

Lucy is the first redheaded Miss Scotland in about 20 years. Scotland has been doing well at Miss World, but this year there will be strong competition from Wales and England to be the best performing British beauty. Having placed in both the talent and sports fast tracks might be an indication that she could be Miss United Kingdom.

Serbia – Katarina Sulkic **

Katarina is a really beautiful young women, but her chances to make the top 20 are not guaranteed. She made the top 21 in talent, but in the end it will depend on how much she has impressed the judges during the competition and how well her interview went.

Seychelles – Christine Barbier *

I am afraid that it looks like the Seychelles have missed the mark this year.

Sierra Leone – Aminata Bangura *

Sierra Leone is back for the first time since 2012. It’s good to see them back, but I don’t think Aminata is strong enough to crack the top 20.

Singapore – Bhaama Pamanathan **

Ines Ligron is now in charge of the Miss World franchise in Singapore and Bhaama was a risky, but interesting choice. I am not sure if Ines’ risk will pay off. Bhaama is not exactly the type of girl who usually does well at Miss World, but anything is possible at this pageant.

Slovakia – Kristina Cincurova ***

Kristina is beautiful, so beautiful that I thought at one point she might be Miss World. But she lacked the competitive spirit and spark that some of the others displayed. I am still hoping to see her do well in the competition, but her chances don’t look so certain anymore.

Slovenia – Maja Taradi **

Maja is a beautiful young woman and just one of about 50 who could or could not place. Beauty alone is not enough at Miss World, so it will be interesting to see how she fares in the competition.

South Africa – Ntandoyenkosi Kunene ***

South Africa has done really well the last two years ago and Ntando came in prepared and ready to give it her all. I was disappointed when she didn’t make the top 10 in talent, because I thought she sounded beautiful and I loved the song she sang. There’s no denying that she is one of the, if not THE, most articulate of the bunch. She’s bound to do well in the interview round, but she will have strong competition from Kenya to be the top performer from Africa.

South Sudan – Akuany Ayuen *

Miss World has had somewhat of a love affair with South Sudanese women these last few year, but this year I don’t think Akuany was strong enough to place in the top 20.

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