Sharing with you now the closed-door interview Videos of two of the Top 3 in the 71st Miss Universe plus Misses Puerto Rico, Colombia and Spain.
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After Australia, here are five more of the 71st Miss Universe close-door Preliminary Interviews.
Whose destiny will it be?
So many unanswered questions in my mind that will finally be clarified soon.
Will the Philippines win its 5th or Colombia its 3rd? Will Italy achieve its historic first win in the competition? Will the USA quench its longing for a new win after more than 10 years of waiting for its 9th? In the same breath, will Venezuela nail their 8th? Or will a totally surprise (and surprised) winner from a country with middling sash factor walk off with the Mouawad crown?
I honestly believe that one of the sixteen ladies above is capable of becoming the 71st Miss Universe, but none as strong a chance as the ones occupying the first five (5) slots:
Philippines – Celeste Cortesi
Colombia – Maria Fernanda Aristizabal
USA – R’Bonney Gabriel
Italy – Virginia Stablum
Venezuela – Amanda Dudamel
Dominican Republic – Andreina Martinez Founier
Peru – Alessia Rovegno
Puerto Rico – Ashley Ann Cariño
Brazil – Mia Mamede
Thailand – Anna Sueangam-Iam
Gabriela Dos Santos – Curacao
Ndavi Nokeri – South Africa
Guatemala – Ivana Batchelor
Bahrain – Evlin Khalifa
Mexico – Irma Miranda
Cambodia – Manita Hang
If it’s true that the cut from the Top 16 will go straight to a razor-sharp Top 5 right away, then I will keep my faith in the Philippines, Colombia, USA, Italy and Venezuela to take their positions before all Q&As begin.
I’d really like to see the Final 3 being the same countries which made it that far during Miss Universe 2015 when Pia Wurtzbach won. It will be so cool to have Miss Philippines and Miss USA (who is half-Filipina) up there. If they will end up holding hands as the last two women standing, then I will go for Celeste Cortesi as the 71st Miss Universe.
So why is Celeste Cortesi my pick to win the 71st Miss Universe crown? She will make an excellent first titleholder under the new ownership of Anne Jakrajutatip. Transformation becomes her, having evolved from the throes of an unpleasant past in pageantry into a woman who can be beautifully confident – someone who can summon and sustain the continued popularity of the brand that Miss Universe has been known for.
She said it herself. “Miss Universe is a destiny.” Will it be hers? I’d like to think it will be.
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I give Celeste a 9 out of 10 overall.
Her actual performance was faultless in all scored segments. The missing point is on the actual evening gown which did not take my breath away.
Kudos to her for rising above the relatively ho-hum impact of the gown.
My top favorites, apart from Celeste are Colombia, Italy, USA and Venezuela (a slightly distant fifth). They might as well make the Top 5 come Finals Night. 🙂
Who are yours?
Before the Preliminaries of the 71st Miss Universe unfold in New Orleans, Louisiana, allow me to share the ladies I expect to deliver in both the swimsuit and evening gown rounds. Instead of ranking them according to my personal preference, I opted to present them in alphabetical order first before making any Final Predictions earlier during the weekend:
Evlin Khalifa – Bahrain
Mia Mamede – Brazil
Manita Hang – Cambodia
Sofia Depassier – Chile
Maria Fernanda Aristizabal – Colombia
Gabriela Dos Santos – Curacao
Ivana Batchelor – Guatemala
Hrafnhildur Haraldsdóttir – Iceland
Virginia Stablum – Italy
Alessia Rovegno – Peru
Celeste Cortesi – Philippines
Telma Madeira – Portugal
Ashley Cariño – Puerto Rico
Ndavi Nokeri – South Africa
Alicia Faubel – Spain
Anna Sueangam-Iam – Thailand
Viktoria Apanasenko – Ukraine
R’Bonney Gabriel – USA
Amanda Dudamel – Venezuela
Nguyễn Thị Ngọc Châu – Vietnam
Let’s see if all of the ladies above deliver. And then, I can give a more confident assessment of their chances of getting within striking distance of destiny, i.e. the Miss Universe crown. Or perhaps, give a chance to others who deserve to be up there among those unmentioned.
Where to watch the Preliminaries and National Costume Competition?
Here’s all the streaming info you need for the 71st Miss Universe Preliminary Competition and National Costume Competition. Just remember these times:
January 11 | 7pm CST is January 12 | 9AM (Philippine time)
January 11 | 9pm CST is January 12 | 11AM (Philippine time)
Below is a clip of our Celeste for MUBA Cosmetics.
Miss Universe Colombia 2022 María Fernanda Aristizábal Urrea has one of the bumpiest journeys on the road to the 71st Miss Universe in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her ascent to the crown is one for the books as it is replete with ups and downs that only a strong-willed Queen is capable of undergoing.
I will quote Wikipedia on the events prior to the present:
Aristizábal began her pageantry career in 2019, after being crowned Miss Quindío 2019. This title gave her entry into the Señorita Colombia 2019 competition, representing Quindío Department.
The competition began in November 2019, held in Cartagena. In pre-pageant activities, Aristizábal emerged as a frontrunner after winning a number of special awards, including Queen of the Police and Best Body.
Finals night was ultimately held on 11 November. Aristizábal made the first cut into the top ten, and then continued into the top five. She was ultimately crowned Miss Colombia 2020 by outgoing titleholder Gabriela Tafur, becoming the first woman from Quindío Department to win the title, besting first runner-up María Alejandra Salazar of Huila Department. As Miss Colombia, she was to represent Colombia at Miss Universe 2020. In June 2020, Natalie Ackermann gained ownership of the Colombian franchise to Miss Universe, confirming that a new pageant would be held to select the Colombian representative in 2020, and that Aristizábal would not be going to Miss Universe.
After finishing her reign as Miss Colombia, she began talks to be appointed as Miss Universe Colombia 2022. After reaching an agreement, she was announced on 6 April 2022 as Colombia’s representative at Miss Universe 2022 through a press conference…
Mafe would not be where she is right now if not for the persistence or determination to land the rightful national crown of Miss Universe Colombia. This lady is definitely a fighter.