Russian singer Emin (bottom left and right photos) with the 7 MU2013 ladies who joined him in a music video.
Below is Emin’s music video for “Amor” featuring Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo
courtesy of eminmusicofficial
Popular (and good-looking) Russian singer Emin will be the guest performer for the finals of Miss Universe 2013 this coming Saturday. While his music video for “Amor” (featuring Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo) has already been released (watch above), he took the opportunity to film another one (for the upcoming release of his next single “In Another Life”)while the candidates of the ongoing pageant are still in Moscow. And for this, he short-listed seven (7) ladies to join him – Spain’s Patricia Rodriguez, Switzerland’s Dominique Rinderknecht, Puerto Rico’s Monic Perez, Ukraine’s Olga Storozhenko, Poland’s Paulina Krupinska, USA’s Erin Brady and the Philippines’ Ariella Arida. The nice thing about this participation is that the vid will continuously show even after the competition is long over.
Emin (left) while shooting the new music video
Filming was completed two yesterday, and I can’t wait to see the final cut! ;-)
Judges for the Preliminaries
The Preliminaries of Miss Universe 2013 will be live-streamed from the pageant’s website, so no need to go anywhere else unless a reliable Russian link proves to be more real-time.
For those who are confused by the time differences, the show will be seen on the website at 11:00 AM ET. Manila has a 13-hour difference with New York. So expect the live streaming to start between 12 midnight-1:00 AM of November 6 (Wednesday) in Manila, barring any unforeseen technical hiccups of course. In Moscow, it should start around 8pm their time. ;-)
For tonight’s Preliminaries, I selected 16 ladies who I feel will do well.
This list of sixteen (16) ladies will most likely have a change or two (or three) after tonight’s Miss Universe 2013 Preliminaries at Crocus City Hall. So before the crucial event unfolds, I decided to post the ones in my list of expected stand-outs in the swimsuit and evening gown rounds. There is a possibility that most of them will consistently shine. And there is also a good chance that a few will be outshadowed by surprise (or sleeper) performers.
The usual suspects for high-scoring presentations are favorites like Poland’s Paulina Krupinska, Puerto Rico’s Monic Perez, Spain’s Patricia Rodriguez, the Philippines’ Ariella Arida, Israel’s Yityish Titi Aynaw and Venezuela’s Maria Gabriela Isler. Two ladies who will no longer surprise, but stamp their formal entry into the list of potential placers, are Great Britain’s Amy Willerton and Turkey’s Berrin Keklikler. Out to prove their real worth, in my opinion, are USA’s Erin Brady, Italy’s Luna Voce and Hinarani de Longeaux of France. Indonesia’s Whulandary Herman could be the next best Asian bet for tonight, with Olivia Wells of Australia, Carolina Brid of Panama and Gabriela Kratochvilova pulling in some nice scores as well. And as host delegate, Elmira Abdrazakova of Russia will bring in the hometown favoritism which shouldn’t come as a surprise anymore.
Just to complete my Top 20, I would include Ukraine, Peru, Japan and Dominican Republic.
Let’s see who will really stand head and shoulders above the rest. It’s going to be a wild, bumpy but exhilarating ride for sure. ;-)
The 10 ladies plus Olivia Culpo who were invited to the Nobu Moscow gig
Best of friends Ariella Arida and Patricia Rodriguez are part of the Nobu Moscow invite.
Our girl in Moscow has scored another gig. And this one’s big. Together with Olivia Culpo and the delegates of Peru, Japan, Russia, Czech Republic, Spain, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ukraine and France, they will attend the Nobu Moscow Demo Show on November 6- a day after the Preliminaries.
And why, you might ask, the event is important? Internationally-renowned Chef Nobu happens to be one of the judges for finals night on November 9. And being there is as important as getting a crucial face-to-face encounter. No need to do the math here.
Ariella is definitely getting the good breaks! :-)
P.S. In addition, our girl is one of the 12 delegates who will appear in Russian singer Emin’s new music video. ;-)
The Ten (10) National Costumes that stood out in my eyes.
From among the 86 (eighty-six) National Costumes presented in the Miss Universe 2013 National Costume Parade at Vegas Mall yesterday, I picked ten (10) stands-outs for different reasons as follows:
USA – playfully original
Switzerland – show-stoppingly gorgeous
Argentina – lovingly magical
Malaysia – fashionably well-executed
Vietnam – a tasteful rendering of an all-time classic
Russia – truly mystifying
Bolivia – appealingly kaleidoscopic
Brazil – traditionally colorful and exciting to look at
China – regal inventiveness
Japan – another traditional stand-out in color and execution
If you ask me, Best in National Costume would be a three-way toss among host Russia, China and Vietnam.
So which National Costume met your taste? :-)
Ariella Arida's Filipiniana costume for MU2013 (Photo credit: OPMB Worldwide)
Ariella fanning it.
Above is Miss Philippines Ariella Arida’s National Costume for Miss Universe 2013. It is a Filipiniana traditional attire with feathers on one side of her head as additional accent. Simple with an understated charm. But then again, many of you will most likely be underwhelmed due to the lack of wow factor. With all the rumored designs that floated online, this one is not the most creative take on the usual. The electric pleated lower bodice is dead giveaway of the designer. Need I spell it out for you?
Am I happy with it? Two letters. N and O. But am I fuming mad? Again, two letters. N and O. I am simply not ecstatic.
Below is the video (courtesy of OPMB’s Adam Mears) that’s calming my nerves. I just love the way the Filipinos in Moscow are showing their enthusiasm throughout the whole event. And Ariella is shining bright!
Ariella from another angle
Jonas Gaffud arriving at Moscow's Domododevo Airport earlier.
The allies of Miss Philippines Ariella Arida have started arriving in Moscow one by one. Mentor Jonas Gaffud of Aces & Queens is the latest to land in Moscow’s Domododevo Airport where, after just a few hours of rest, will head straight to Vegas Mall to support our bet’s participation in the National Costume Competition of Miss Universe 2013.
As for the event’s live streaming link, I have yet to get hold of a reliable one, but something should come up as we get closer to the scheduled time of the activity (around 1am Manila time). ;-)