And the numbers for this edition are already sealed in stone, as follows:
12 – the number of Semi-Finalists to be called to participate in the Swimsuit Competition
9 – the trimmed-down number of Semi-Finalists who will form part of the Evening Gown Competition
6 – the number of Finalists who will undergo the Q&A
3 – the number of ladies who will be given the Final Look by the judges.
It is a tough process if you ask me. The amount of beautiful ladies who will be sent backstage just to wait for their quick returns onstage is very high – 74.
At this point, let me just share with you the predictable imaginings inside my head. This could still change, but there will be firm names on the list.
The Untouchables – these are the ladies who should make it to the Top 12 no matter what, and they are Colombia, Venezuela, Philippines, Indonesia, Brazil and Thailand.
The Desirables – these are six more ladies who have good shots of making it to the first cut: Australia, Turkey, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Belgium and Great Britain.
The Questionables – there are four ladies who I want to make it to Top 12 at least but still need further validation within the next week: Dominican Republic, Hungary, Jamaica and USA.
This is pretty brave of me considering that the Preliminary Competition won’t be until January 26. But keep an eye on these sixteen because I want them to really shine well when it matters most.
And this is also why I am not presenting them to you in such a grand way so as to keep my head wide open for movements happening up until I present my final predictions. After all, the Preliminary Interviews can be such deal breakers if rubbed the wrong way. 😉