Sharing with you now my Top 10 picks per segment from the 69th Miss Universe Preliminary Competition.
Honestly, there is still no clear shot for the crown among the 74 candidates. And their performances tonight prove that it could be anyone’s ballgame at this point. After all, we have no idea as to how they handled their closed-door interviews with the selection committee.
But if consistency is the name of the game, then Adline Castelino of India, Amanda Obdam of Thailand and Janick Maceta of Peru are likely to be holding on to the cumulative lead based on swimwear and evening gown.
I scored our Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo high enough in swimwear to be part of my Top 5. In evening gown, though, I see eight other ladies ahead of her. I know that the word of the night is “underwhelmed”, but the impact might be different if actually watching inside the venue.
My biggest spoilers right now are Anshika Sharma of Nepal, Ivonne Cerdas of Costa Rica and even Cristiana Silva of Portugal.
Let’s see what the official results will read on Finals Night.
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Heels. Heels. And more heels bagged, labeled and delivered!
Here are the Jojo Bragais Footwear for the 69th Miss Universe candidates waiting for their respective owners to be picked up in one of the function rooms inside Seminole Hard Rock Holly.
Curious to know who the roommate of Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo is?
It’s Miss Universe Japan Aisha Harumi Tochigi!
Watch the quick clip below.
Miss Universe Nepal Anshika Sharma and Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo meet in person for the first time.
Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo and Miss Universe Thailand Amanda Obdam meet in person for the first time.
I am loving the National Costume of Miss Universe Nepal Anshika Sharma – an ode to mountaineers who have conquered Mount Everest.
This modern ensemble is not complicated but very reflective of one of the country’s contributions to the Universe.
It takes a village to build a National Costume. And nowhere is this more evident than what Miss Universe Malaysia Francisca Luhong James will wear for the 69th Miss Universe – a #kampungku or translated from Bahasa Malaysia as “my hometown”.
She is literally bringing a representation of her village to the competition. Wow! 😯
To be host delegate and birthday celebrant at the same time – that is Miss USA 2020 Asya Danielle Branch for you.
You have the shortest travel time to Hollywood, Florida among the candidates – less than 90 minutes by plane from Mississippi. But you have one of the most demanding responsibilities in the 69th Miss Universe – a 23 year-old big sister to 73 delegates.
The one country gunning for a back-to-back win in the 69th Miss Universe is South Africa. They were close to achieving a three-peat before, if you will recall.
And Miss South Africa 2020 Natasha Joubert is not leaving any stone unturned in her mission. Never mind if Venezuela has already done it first. The important thing is to win.
It is already May 1 and in just over two weeks from now, the 69th Miss Universe will be crowned at the Seminole Hard Rock Auditorium in Hollywood, Florida.
Seventy-four (74) delegates will register starting May 3-4. And based on what we have seen among them prior to their arrival in the host city, I am pleased to share my Pre-Registration Picks in alphabetical order. I am arranging them this way because I would like to see how they will settle in for the first couple of days before placing them in terms of ranking or hierarchy.
Here are the twenty (20) I have high expectations on. Let’s see if they will deliver on either the hype or the kind of impact they have shown the past few weeks:
Argentina – Alina Luz Akselrad
Australia – Maria Thattil
Brazil – Julia Gama
Colombia – Laura Olascuaga
Curacao – Chantal Wiertz
Czech Republic – Klára Vavruskova
Iceland – Elisabet Hulda Snorradottir
India – Adline Castelino
Indonesia – Ayu Maulida Putri
Jamaica – Miqueal-Symone Williams
Laos – Christina Lasasimma
Mexico – Andrea Meza
Nepal – Anshika Sharma
Philippines – Rabiya Mateo
Puerto Rico – Estefania Soto Torres
Romania – Bianca Lorena Tirsin
South Africa – Natasha Joubert
Thailand – Amanda Obdam
USA – Asya Danielle Branch
Venezuela – Mariangel Villasmil
I still have at least five (5) bubbling under and they might just manage to pull down a few of the ladies above a week from now.
Who are yours, dear readers?
The bios of the 69th Miss Universe delegates are starting to appear in the pageant’s website but only via a special link that cannot be accessed by just anyone. Here are ten more samples of them in alphabetical order of country represented:
Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Chile,
Curacao, Great Britain, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal
Photo credit: @missuupdates
Thank you to the Miss Universe Nepal Organization and National Director Nagma Shrestha for inviting normannorman.com Pageantry Norms to the launch of the Anshika Education Welfare Foundation of MUN Anshika Sharma which begins with ‘Quality Education for all’ with 14 children. She is campaigning for education for the underprivileged students in Nepal.
– Miss Universe Nepal 2020, Anshika Sharma, invests her 10 Lakh prize money to open her own Foundation and support 14 children from her hometown, Jhapa, so that they can continue to receive a quality education.
– Anhsika is using all her winning prize money from Miss Universe Nepal 2020 as the initial amount to set up the trust fund for the Anshika Education Welfare Foundation.
– Anshika has selected 14 children from 4 different schools from her hometown, Jhapa, who will be receiving support from the trust fund in terms of school fees, clothes, curricular materials, nutritious food, accommodation, travel, medicinal support for girls’ health-related issues, and other primary requirements to access quality education
“Educate the children and watch them change the world”, said Anshika. She believes someday these children will go on to achieve their dreams and create the same opportunity for more underprivileged youth and contribute to society.