53 comments on “normannorman.com’s Final Predictions for Miss Universe 2019

  1. My choice :
    PR vs Peru . If US makes top 5 , she will get the crown …. though I’m not a fan of her abs.
    Other choices include Mexico Ireland Vietnam Thailand Philippines Colombia . Gazini has among the most gorgeous faces
    But Peru for me is the face of Mu 2019

  2. If I were IMG I’d crown Japan. Imagine the coverage they’d get during the 2020 Olympics.

    But it’s highly likely they’ll bring back the crown to the Americas, after crowning reps from Asia, Europe and Africa. If they do, I think Peru might be a pleasant surprise.

  3. Good afternoon sa inyong lahat!

    My Top 20: Albania, Argentina, Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Finland, France, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Thailand, US Virgin Islands

    Sorry po, hindi ko masyadong gusto ang beauty nila Miss Colombia, Miss Puerto Rico at Miss South Africa.

    • So unfortunate. I do hope the authorities charge the culprits.

      Nothing wrong with parading large Filipino flags at “a public cafe” to honor and show pride your country BUT is it wise?

      As the saying goes, all things are lawful BUT all things are not beneficial.

  4. ang ipagdasal nyo eh ang mga tanong na mapunta kay Inday eh alam nya ang sagot
    kapag nadeliver nya na tagos sa puso ito eh panigurado na ang back to back

    kapag nakatakda yan eh bibigay ni Lord
    if hindi man matuwa tayo para sa kanya
    at bumoto na sa mess world dahil yun na lang ang chance na at least manalo ang Pinas this year

    pero if MU and MW ang Pinas this year mas maganda ang Pasko

  5. Pasay will have a stand by translator in the final in case she doesnt know some vocabularies. Shes not confidently beautiful to be a Miss Universe

      • I guess you didnt know that she will have a translator ready. lol it’s all over instagram

    • Kalurky, she grew up in Canada and now needs a translator. She will just do it to get more time!

      • Like most Latinas do even Puerto Rico last year who was quote fluent in English. They’re not breajing MU rules.

    • What? Really? Was she not educated in Canada?
      Hmmm? Pretty “double-edged sword” strategy if you ask me.
      Did she use an interpreter at her closed door interview?

      It’s like Catriona, educated in Australia, asking for an interpreter.
      Shaking my head with disappointment.

  6. OMG, Tito Norms! We both have the same Top 20. That’s what I exactly wrote in my comment yesterday while watching the live streaming of the preliminary competition, but failed to make it in your blog! It’s my network provider’s signal that caused it, I suspect.

    Previously, I said that Brazil looks like an ordinary Latina lady without a “wow” factor. Yesterday she proved me wrong. When she sported a curly soft hair a la Stefania Fernandez during the preliminaries and gave a banging sexy walk during swimsuit and elegant presentation during the evening gown portion, I thought she was killing the game. On those bases, I’d put her in my Top 5 together with Gazini, India, USA, and Puerto Rico. I also wish for a back-to-back for Gazini, but with Miss USA’s inclusion in the Top 5, I think the latter would be the hand’s down winner.

    Part of my comment yesterday was Cat’s hosting job. Her highly commendable hosting skills will secure her hosting jobs here in the Philippines or in the US. She was eloquent providing adlibs, especially during the time when a few candidates slipped on the floor. I was teary eyed when she asked the crowd to give a round of applause to those unfateful candidates. What an uplifting spirit! Cat is indeed a perfect example of a confidently beautiful Miss Universe with a big heart. I wish a local TV will give her a talk show that does not only feature Philippine celebrities, but also people with inspiring relatable stories. Given Cat’s exquisite ability to walk the talk, I am sure she can make a simple topic interesting in front of a live audience. She will give Tyra Banks a run for her money.

    Fun observation in the preliminary: I thought 80% of the girls wore thigh-high slit gowns. I wonder what Ms. Ai Ai Delas Alas is gonna say about that gown trend. Lol. Also, the stage had the ABS-CBN’s ASAP vibe. It was simple, dark, and boring. GMA’s The Clash stage is a lot better.

    On the candidates’ bodies… I don’t intend to shame but I noticed that European girls (Lithuania, Kosovo, Denmark, Czech Republic, etc.) have had too thin torso. I think they still believe that models with slimmest figures are trendy. Oddly, Fahsai has got a wide, unflattering belly. It’s Miss Thailand’s turn to be critiqued for that infamous body. Will MGT’s Coco Something have something to say?

    That’s all.

      • Not all the time akong Kapuso, Annie (for Anonymous) dear. I watch Pinoy TV shows na pinaghihirapang i-conceptualize at i-produce, and The Clash is highly exceptional TV show na sobrang world class ng stage and the contestants are superb!

        So as not to miss pageant matters, Kapamilya ako kapag Binibining Pilipinas at Miss Universe season. Lol. I don’t watch teleserye which is ABS’ forte. Ayoko kase na pino-prolong ang pagka-adik sa isang bagay na tipong araw-araw mong aabangan ang episode.

        Pero kapag news and documentary, I prefer GMA.

        That’s all.

  7. A b2b win for PH is possible and as I’ve said previously, I love her subdued yet queenly/regal performance during the preliminaries. She’s not as articulate as Cat, but, she doesn’t have to be a Cat 2.0 to win it all the way. Iris wasn’t fluent in English when she won in 2016. As long as Gaz is able to convey and get her message across especially during the Q & A, I don’t mind her clinching the MU 2019 title for a B2B victory. Let’s do this. Go Gazini for the win ! All the best and God bless 🙏💝💫👑

  8. In ending, I am rooting for a back-to-back win!

    I like the above final statement of the blogger… braver and bolder despite the abundance of critics and bashers inside and out of this blog!🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭❤️❤️❤️ to dearest blogger and Gazini!!!

  9. I think the top 20 this year will have two or three surprises … 2 or 3 ladies who do not appear in any predictions lists. My 3 surprise bets are: Iceland, Armenia and Japan

    Nobody is placing Albania as a top contender but remember that she can really express herself very very well… a USC graduate, a competitive volleyball player which means she can handle stress and pressure without any sweat. My feeling is that Philippines and Albania will be the last two standing…

    For the 2nd runner up, I have three choices: Vietnam, Slovakia and Colombia.

    My other spots in the top 20 are the common ones, you can see in almost all leaderboards. But I am keeping 3 dark horses: Panama (channeling Paola Turbay), Kenya (channeling Mpule Kwelagobe) and Spain (in tribute for last year’s courageous delegate). It will be an exciting MU night !!!

    • i have exactly the same last two ladies standing in mind.. Philippines and Albania, haha! If Gaz does not achieve a B2B win, a 1st or 2nd r-u finish is fine.

      As for Thailand and Colombia, I found their SS & EG performances weak. But it’s anybody’s guess how the ladies fared in the closed door interviews. I hope Vietnam will make it again, as well as other dark horses and non-sash factor countries’ reps, to the initial cut.

  10. Objectively Gazini is not as strong as norman and other filipino bloggers claim she is. Seems objectivity is lost and in place we have blind faith in our candidates . Sure she did great but did she really stand out ? Same thing with Fasai and the thai fans , they are so sure she will win. The thing is none of these girls got it in the bag . I think we will all be surprised Sunday ! Someone unexpected will triumph . MU needs an element of surprise instead of the usual predictable countries doing well . I can see so many other girls that can pull an upset . Someone from Africa and not SA, maybe Kenya ? Or still Ireland can win it all with her background and smarts , she seem a good fit for what mu wants .

  11. Norman, this is the most far-fetched of your predictions yet! Out of your Top 5, I think only Colombia has a sliver of chance to actually make it through to that round. We would be lucky to even see Gazini in the Top 10 and I really hope we do, but the odds are stacked against her. Miss USA is the true frontrunner this year.

  12. It’s difficult to predict this year’s winner as there’s really no clear standout, unlike last year when Cat clearly was predicted to win the moment she landed.

    There’s a lot we pageant fans did not see leading up to the finals, namely the closed door interviews which has significant weight in summing up the candidates’ prelim scores.

    The judges who happen to be all professional and successful women, at the end of the day, won’t care about candidates’ sash factors or pasarela — they will likely pick personality and intelligence over physical beauty when comes time to make their final pick for Miss Universe.

    The judges have been tasked to choose a brand spokesperson — who also happens to be beautiful — who can intelligently and confidently articulate the philanthropic goals of the organization, as well as assertively communicate her own personal story and her individual goals in front of an increasingly critical international media. They aren’t looking for a ramp model!

    • One of the sitting judges is Carol Mund, a former Miss “America.” She most definitely will not be impressed by sole runway beauty contestants.

      I’m very surprised that MUO appointed a judge who was a winner of a rival pageant organization.

      The Miss America system is the pageant antithesis of Miss USA.

  13. Top 20
    Albania
    France
    Peru
    Philippines
    Vietnam
    India
    USA
    Indonesia
    Brazil
    Puerto rico
    Chile
    Thailand
    South africa
    Colombia
    Kenya
    Netherlands
    Iceland
    Bangladesh
    Tanzania
    Haiti

    Top 10
    France
    Philippines
    Vietnam
    India
    Puerto rico
    South Africa
    Kenya
    Netherlands
    Chile
    Colombia

    Top 6
    Netherlands
    Kenya
    India
    Philippines
    Vietnam
    Colombia

    Top 3
    Kenya
    India
    Philippines

    2nd runner up India
    1st runner up Philippines
    Miss universe Kenya

  14. Kung hindi rin lang pananalunin ang Colombia, huwag niyo na paasahin. No further than the Top 5. In this case, I would put USA in her place sa Final 3. Hilig niyo kasi mag-lawyer-lawyer. Si Atty. Patitay nga, waley sa kanyang journey..

    Sige, kung talaga’ng i-re-railroad si India, gora! Basta DAPAT, maayos ang reception ng American public.

    H’Hen Nie is STILL FRESH in my mind. I find Hoang Thuy a downgrade. I will INSIST on Indonesia, as replacement. I am curious as to how she will do at that first Question Round.

  15. Agree with everything u said Tito Norms. Physically, performance-wise, aura…it’s Gazini no doubt but it all boils down to the QandA. And yes I will take it wholeheartedly whoever delivers , I mean the one who truly deserves…excited for tomorrow! Rooting for my kababayan, Gazini Jordi!!! 😚

  16. Let us remove from our mind set the back to back factor and just focus on Gazini alone. Her strength is her looks and showmanship. Her looks definitely progresses compare with BBP 2019. With regards to her performance, there is a complete turn around. From the bubbly and “vaklang-vaklang” presentation, she is more subdued now but still has the flirty feel to it. I hope this will work since this was one of the observation from KF camp in MJ’s time. To tone down the vakla factor. But I have this feeling that even though Gazini improved her communication skill she is still struggling in collecting and forming her thoughts. She still needs to give emphasis to the strong points of her answers. With this I’m thinking she did not perform well in the preliminary question and answer round. I hope I’m wrong. But definitely she will make it to the top 20 because of her preliminary performance in long gown and in swimsuit especially. Another reason is the sash factor and the strong support of Filipino fans in MU. But in the top 10, I’m thinking she will not make the cut, because the factor there is the result of close door interview. Because the 30 second speech is not that strong segment to be the basis in determining the top 10. Top 20 is the highest placement for Gazini in MU 2019. Again, I really do hope that my observations are wrong.

  17. Same list except I’ll replace Singapore w/ Canada, Iceland, Haiti, Spain, Panama or even Malaysia.

    Top 20

    Philippines
    Brazil
    USA

    France
    Thailand

    Ireland
    Puerto Rico
    India
    Chile
    Vietnam

    Colombia
    Indonesia
    Peru
    South Africa
    Venezuela

    Kenya
    Albania
    Mexico
    Haiti
    Iceland

  18. nice assessment Norman, after Cat’s win, i felt i wouldn’t mind if the Philippines won’t win in the next five or so years as there’s nothing else to prove, although i hope and wish that we not lose the lucky streak and always be, at the least, in the semi-finals.. but then, if a back to back is not remote, then WHY NOT?! it will surely be a nice Christmas bonus to everyone.. pageant fanatics and all…

  19. Puerto Rico is the Latina I’m watching out for
    Vietnam is strong enough to reach top 5

  20. i love the positivity but so far I can see Brazil having the odds in her favor…. They haven’t won in while and a great Latin market to get excited about in 2020.

  21. Exactly Norman…
    I’m rooting for a b2b win and that is all we every fan can do.
    At this point we have analyzed, scrutinized and criticized all we can.

    So, in the meantime cook a delicious spread, open up a couple bottles of wine, invite your pageant fan-friends-family over and enjoy MU19 no matter what happens.

    Peace y’all ✌

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